The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Science, Engineering and Technology is designed to provide advanced skills and a sophisticated knowledge base at the expert level for individuals planning a career in academic, industry and research settings in engineering and science disciplines.

The program is offered by the School of Science and Technology and the School of Engineering. Therefore, students are able to utilize the laboratory and faculty resources of all departments across both schools.

The PhD program is fully research-based with students working under the supervision of a faculty advisor and a thesis committee.

Applicants to the PhD in Science, Engineering and Technology program are required to complete and submit online the application form available at the University website (admissions.nu.edu.kz) as well as a complete package of admission documents, before the deadline. Admissions documents must be submitted electronically. Shortlisted applicants must provide original copies of all documents.

  • every applicant must register on the official University website admissions.nu.edu.kz and complete an online application form in English;
  • an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and master’s degree (or equivalent)  in a relevant discipline, to be determined by the Admissions Committee, with competitive CGPA;
  • standardized English language proficiency test reports (IELTS or TOEFL) valid as of commencement of the program. Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with no sub-scores less than 6.0), or the TOEFL (IBT) as posted on the ETS website. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the commencement of the program;
  • GMAT or GRE report (optional) valid as of the commencement of the program. Submission of the GMAT or GRE certificate is not obligatory;
  • two confidential letters of recommendation in English (or with notarized English translation). One of the two recommendations must be written by a current or previous employer. The second referee may be chosen at the applicant’s discretion;
  • a statement of purpose explaining the motivation to enroll on the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Science and Engineering program, the choice of the engineering discipline and the tentative choice of the research subject (no more than one A4 page). The choice of the discipline should be the same as indicated in the on-line application form (500 words).
  • copy of passport or national ID (with notarized English translation).