Doctorate (PhD)

Following Schools of Nazarbayev University offer PhD programs:  School of Sciences and Humanities,  School of Engineering and Digital Sciences,  Graduate School of EducationGraduate School of Public PolicySchool of Medicine and School of Mining and Geosciences.

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Please follow this link to learn more on terms for the provision of educational services at Nazarbayev University.

Nazarbayev University offers the preparatory courses for English language and for international standardised tests (IELTS, SAT, TOEFL, GRE). More detailed information is here.

Online registration fee for all the PhD programs is 5000 tenge.

Final deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL, GRE/GMAT certificates to PhD programs: June 10, 2020.

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences
Graduate School of Education
Graduate School of Public Policy
School of Science and Humanities
School of Medicine

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

The Nazarbayev University School of Engineering (SEng) aims to be the leading engineering school in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The SEng's goal is to prepare its graduates to meet the growing demand for professional practitioners in the fields of chemical, mechanical, civil and electronic engineering. SEng is the largest school by number of Nazarbayev University students enrolled. School of Engineering (SEng) and the School of Science and Technology (SST) at Nazarbayev University have launched a PhD program in Science, Engineering and Technology.

 

 

Applicants applying to the Program are expected to have

1. An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)

2. A Master’s degree or equivalent

During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.

3. A competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree.

4. High level of English proficiency

The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the program is:

1) Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;

2) Applicants, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:

– one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;

– an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English.

5. Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE test (recommended);

6. High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a statement of purpose;

7. Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written research proposal;

8. Resume;

9. Two letters of recommendation.

Application package checklist

1. Complete Application form;

2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);

3. Official document confirming name change (if applicable);

4. Degree diplomas (Bachelor’s and Master’s or equivalents) with transcripts;

During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration.

5. IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of date of online documents submission;

6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL).

Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English.

7. GRE certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (recommended);

8. Statement of purpose outlining the applicant’s prior educational career, statement of his/her interest in the Program, his/her long-term career goals, and how the program would help him/her to achieve these goals (500 words);

9. Two confidential letters of recommendation written within the last two years (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request);

10. Resume (1 page);

11. Research proposal outlining the research topic the applicant would like to pursue in the Program;

12. Consent for Applicant’s personal data processing (according to the template in applicant’s personal account).

Important

All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline.

All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation.

Submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission to the Program.

Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within established period of time.

Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Astana, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.

Standardized test reports shall be sent by the official test administrator directly to the University.

Nazarbayev University Institutional Codes

• GRE – 6496

• TOEFL – 6762

To learn more about the School of Engineering and its programs please visit the web-site: https://seng.nu.edu.kz/admissions/masters/

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS TO THE «DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN EDUCATION» PROGRAM

The online registration period:

Early admission: from November 4, 2019, until February 16, 2020 (inclusive). The online registration is free of charge.

Regular admission: from February 17, 2020 until May 12, 2020 (inclusive). You need to make a payment to submit your application. The amount of the application fee depends on the program.

 

 

Applicants applying to the Program are expected to have

1. An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent);

2. A Master’s degree or equivalent

During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.

3. A competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree.

4. High level of English proficiency

The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Program is:

1) Overall IELTS test score of 7.0 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;

2) Applicants, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:

– one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;

– an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English.

5. 2 years of work experience in a relevant field.

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee applicants with less than 2 years of work experience may also be considered.

6. Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE test (recommended);

7. High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a personal statement;

8. Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written research proposal;

9. Three letters of recommendation.

Application package checklist

1. Complete Application form;

2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);

3. Official document confirming name change (if applicable);

4. Degree diplomas (Bachelor’s and Master’s or equivalents) with transcripts;

During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration.

5. IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of date of online documents submission;

6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL).

Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English.

7. Documented proof of work experience (if applicable);

8. GRE certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (recommended);

9. Personal statement outlining the applicant’s prior educational career, statement of his/her interest in the Program, his/her long-term career goals, and how the program would help him/her to achieve these goals (300-500 words);

10. Three confidential letters of recommendation written within the last two years (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request);

11. Research proposal outlining the research topic the applicant would like to pursue in the Program (1500-2000 words);

12. Consent for Applicant’s personal data processing (according to the template in applicant’s personal account).

Important

All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline.

All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation.

Submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission to the Program.

Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within established period of time.

Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Astana, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.

Standardized test reports shall be sent by the official test administrator directly to the University.

Nazarbayev University Institutional Codes

• GRE – 6496

• TOEFL – 6762

PhD IN PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM

The online registration period:

Early admission: from November 4, 2019, until February 16, 2020 (inclusive). The online registration is free of charge.

Regular admission: from February 17, 2020 until May 12, 2020 (inclusive). You need to make a payment to submit your application. The amount of the application fee depends on the program.

 

 

Applicants applying to the Program are expected to have

  1. First or upper-class second honours Bachelor`s degree (or equivalent: Cum Laude; Magna Cum Laude; and Summa Cum Laude) or a Master’s degree in a cognate discipline. During the application period, final year students may submit an official current transcript for consideration;
  2. At least 3 (three) years of relevant work experience. Based on GSPP’s Admissions Committee discretion, applicants with work experience less than 3 (three) years may also be considered if the applicant can demonstrate high academic performance as decided by the Admissions Committee;
  3. High level of English proficiency

The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Program is:

  1. Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;
  2. Applicants, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:
    • one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;
    • an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English.
  3. Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE/GMAT test (maybe submitted);
  4. High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a cover letter;
  5. Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written research proposal;

Application package checklist

  1. Complete Application form;
  2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);
  3. Official document confirming name change (if applicable);
  4. Degree diplomas (Bachelor’s and Master’s or equivalents) with transcripts. During the application period, final year students may upload the official current transcript for consideration.
  5. IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of the date of online documents submission;
  6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL).Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English.
  7. Documented proof of work experience (if applicable);
  8. Resume;
  9. GRE/GMAT certificate valid as of the date of online documents submission (if any);
  10. Cover letter explaining the motivation to enrol in the Program;
  11. Two confidential letters of recommendation (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request);
  12. Preliminary research proposal (2000 words).

Important

  • All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline.
  • All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation.
  • Submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission to the Program.
  • Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within an established period of time.
  • Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Astana, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.
  • Standardized test reports shall be sent by the official test administrator directly to the University.

Nazarbayev University Institutional Codes

  • GRE – 6496
  • TOEFL – 6762
  • GMAT – H6m-R7-93

PhD program in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University is the first interdisciplinary, English-medium doctoral program in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Asia. It is designed according to the highest international standards and taught by highly-qualified faculty, but at the same time is adapted to the educational, social and intellectual environment of Kazakhstan and the wider region.

Our program combines a core curriculum of key concepts in the humanities and social sciences, practical training in necessary writing and research techniques and ethics, and rigorous subject-specific training across at least two disciplines. Students have the space, time and flexibility they need to write a doctoral thesis that makes an original contribution to the field. Funding opportunities for research abroad and co-supervision by NU and non-NU experts enables our students to develop a truly international profile.

The online registration period:

Early admission: from November 4, 2019, until February 16, 2020 (inclusive). The online registration is free of charge.

Regular admission: from February 17, 2020 until May 12, 2020 (inclusive). You need to make a payment to submit your application. The amount of the application fee depends on the program.

 

 

Applicants applying to the Program are expected to have

  1. An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  2. A Master’s degree or equivalent
    1. During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.
  3. A competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree.
  4. High level of English proficiency
    1. The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Program is:
      1. Overall IELTS test score of 7.0 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;
      2. Applicants, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:
        1. – one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;
        2. – an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English.
  5. Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE test (recommended);
  6. High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a personal statement;
  7. Strong academic writing ability as demonstrated in a writing sample (academic paper, essay, published article);
  8. Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written research proposal;
  9. Three letters of recommendation.

Application package checklist

  1. Complete Application form;
  2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);
  3. Official document confirming name change (if applicable);
  4. Degree diplomas (Bachelor’s and Master’s or equivalents) with transcripts;
    1. During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration.
  5. IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of date of online documents submission;
  6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL).
    1. Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English.
  7. GRE certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (recommended);
  8. Personal statement outlining the applicant’s prior educational career, statement of his/her interest in the Program, his/her long-term career goals, and how the program would help him/her to achieve these goals (250-500 words);
  9. Three confidential letters of recommendation written within the last two years (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request);
  10. Writing sample (academic paper, essay, published article);
  11. Research proposal outlining the research topic the applicant would like to pursue in the Program (1500-2000 words);
  12. Consent for the Applicant’s personal data processing (according to the template in the applicant’s personal account).

Important

  • All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline.
  • All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation.
  • Submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission to the Program.
  • Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within established period of time.
  • Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Astana, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.
  • Standardized test reports shall be sent by the official test administrator directly to the University.
  • Nazarbayev University Institutional Codes:
    1. GRE – 6496
    2. TOEFL – 6762

The online registration period:

Regular admission: from February 17, 2020 until May 12, 2020 (inclusive). You need to make a payment to submit your application.

 

 

Applicants applying to the Program are expected to have

1.Undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and master’s

degree in a relevant discipline, to be determined by the Admissions Committee, or a terminal medical degree (MD or equivalent)

During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.

2. A competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree.

Minimum CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 or equivalent on applicant’s master degree;

3. High level of English proficiency

The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Program is:

1) Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;

2) Applicants, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:

– one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;

– an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English.

4.Evidence of any professional and/or voluntary experiences related to laboratory work enabling them to perform scientific experiments with precision and accuracy; these could be a lab-based master thesis and/or voluntary internships in a national or international research laboratory which required mastery of laboratory skills;

5. Project proposal for the PhD of Biomedical Sciences (not more than 500 words);

6.Supporting letter from a faculty member of the School of Medicine written within the last 12 months confirming his/her willingness to supervise the applicant and describing a brief outline of the potential project;

7. 2 (two) references letters.

Application package checklist

1. Complete Application form;

2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);

3.Official document confirming name change (if applicable);

4. Degree diplomas (Bachelor’s and Master’s or equivalents) with transcripts;

During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration.

5. Official electronic score report of a valid IELTS/TOEFL certificate from the Test Administrator and its scanned copy (if applicable);

6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL).

Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English.

7. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL). A candidate must indicate Nazarbayev University as a recipient when registering for the test. In case if the candidate passed the test earlier, he/she can contact the test center and indicate the Nazarbayev University as a recipient. Candidates can provide official electronic score report of valid Academic IELTS or TOEFL IBT certificates from Test Administrator and its scanned copy;

8. Project proposal (not more than 500 words);

9. Supporting letter from a faculty member of the School of Medicine written within the last 12 months;

10. Evidence of any professional and/or voluntary experiences that develop essential skills related to laboratory work;

11.Two confidential reference letters in English (or with notarized English translation) written within the last 12 months (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy);

12. 086у medical certificate (for Kazakhstani candidates) or a similar medical certificate with indication of general health (for international candidates);

13. Consent for Applicant’s/Student’s personal data processing.

Employment opportunities:

Student graduating from the PhD Program at Nazarbayev University will be trained to independently conduct scientific research in the field of biomedical sciences in an academic or industrial environment. Biomedical scientists may use their knowledge of biomedical research to:

  • Be part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists to solve problems of different illnesses
  • Conduct cutting-edge research creating new knowledge and advances
  • Translate discoveries and inventions from fundamental level to application in an industrial setting
  • Manage and coordinate scientific projects (national and international)
  • Teach at national and international universities
  • Work in government advising policy makers about scientific matters related to health and disease development

Important

All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline.

All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation.

Submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission to the Program.

Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within established period of time.

Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Nur-Sultan, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.

Standardized test reports shall be sent by the official test administrator directly to the University.