Biological sciences and technologies is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary specialty of life sciences that aligns with priority science and technology needs for the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Master of Science degree (MSc) in Biological Sciences and Technologies provides excellent instruction in a focused discipline, and will train modern high quality biotechnology and life science experts which are in high demand for both existing as well as anticipated industries in Kazakhstan.

This Graduate Program is consistent with the structure of the Bologna Process, which requires a minimum of 120 ECTS for a Master’s degree and can be compared in scope and structure to available programs in internationally leading academic institutions. The program will provide candidates with the opportunity to prepare themselves for either academic or non-academic (“professional”) careers.

For some students, a MSc obtained after two years of training will be the desired end to their graduate training. Graduates of this program are expected to find many medium-paid job opportunities in universities, pharmaceutical, biotechnological or agricultural companies, hospitals, research institutions, vocational schools, governmental and non-profit organizations. As for the rest, the ultimate goal of this graduate program is the PhD degree, which has an expected duration of no less than three additional years beyond the MSc, in line with the leading graduate science programs in the world.

Discipline core courses in advanced prokaryotic, eukaryotic molecular cellular and structural biology are accompanied by a life sciences-oriented statistics course that will enable students to analysis data. Other core courses in applied bioinformatics, advanced biotechnology and cellular biophysics offer students the necessary theoretical knowledge and methodological skill set for specialization supported by research electives in immunology, neuroscience, cancer biology, environmental systems, drug design and development, synthetic biology, or gene therapy. Courses in education, innovation and entrepreneurship compliment the discipline-specific courses. All courses
are taught by faculty selected from the Department of Biology and SST based on subject-relevant teaching and research experiences. The courses of the entire program will consist of lectures, problem- and team- based learning courses, seminars, practical and experimental approaches. Latest research findings will be fully integrated into the teaching. English language will be used throughout the program.

Framework of the MSc in Biological Sciences and Technologies Program:

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Electives (6 ECTS):  BIOL 623 Advanced Immunology, BIOL 630 Advanced Neuroscience, BIOL 631 Synthetic Biology, BIOL 632 Drug Discovery and Design, BIOL 633 Environmental Systems and Environmental Toxicology, BIOL 634 Advanced Cancer Biology, BIOL 635 Hot Topics in Life Sciences, BIOL 637 Advanced Microscopy, BIOL 670 Gene Therapy, BIOL 675 Regenerative Medicine.

SST Biology Department Faculty can be found here


Admission Process, Procedures and Standards

The Program Admission’s Committee will be responsible for the admission of students into the program. Commonly recognized quantitative measures will play an important role in the admissions process. Students must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or equivalent qualifications as determined by the Program Admission’s Committee, with a minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 or equivalent qualification. The program’s Admissions Committee may require students to take certain undergraduate courses if they are lacking adequate background in areas of biology that are essential for succeeding in this program.

Every applicant to the MSc in Biological Sciences and Technologies program is required to submit an application package in English (or notarized English translation) on-line (admissions.nu.edu.kz) as well as hard copies to the following address: 53, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., Nur-Sultan, 010000, Kazakhstan, Graduate Admissions Department before the deadline set by the Admissions Committee:

  • Complete application form for Master of Science in Biological Sciences and Technologies program, which is available at http://admissions.nu.edu.kz.
  • official copy of degree diplomas-certificates with transcripts (with notarized English translation);
  • IELTS (test score of 6.5; with subscore requirement no less than 6.0) or the equivalent or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;
  • official copy of Passport/national ID (with notarized English translation);
  • GRE test reports/certificates (optional) valid as of commencement of the Master of Science in Biological Science program;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • resume (up to two A4 pages);
  • personal essay articulating the reasons for seeking a Master of Science in Biological Sciences program at Nazarbayev University (500 – 700 words);

Applicants with incomplete packages will not be considered until a completed application package is provided. The program Admissions Committee will offer admission to applicants according to their level of qualifications and the availability of a suitable thesis supervisor in accordance with the regulations of admission (Regulations for admissions