Master of Science in Chemistry:

The two year MSc Program in Chemistry is designed to train students as professional chemists who will possess in-depth knowledge of advanced theory and practical knowledge in various areas of chemistry.

The students will gain deep and systematic knowledge of the fundamental principles in chemistry, and develop the ability to identify, analyze and develop solutions problems in the context of real-life of the XXI Century, while fostering entrepreneurship.


Sample schedule for an MSc student



The two-year 120 ECTS credit MSc Program in Chemistry is research intensive second cycle program designed according the Bologna requirements.

The curriculum of the program consists of three different types of courses:

  • Type A. Core courses (24 ECTS),
  • Type B. Elective courses (30 ECTS), and
  • Type C. Teaching and Research courses (36 ECTS) and Thesis (30 ECTS)

Compulsory courses of type A (core courses) are designed to give a solid and wide base of advanced knowledge in the different areas of Chemistry (Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry). These courses are therefore planned for the first year.

By mean of the selection of the optional courses of type B (elective courses) the Student will have the opportunity to define his/her personalized specialization of interest for research and working purposes. These courses are planned for the first year (second semester) and second year (first semester). 

Teaching and research courses are delivered across SST Graduate Programs within the approved Graduate Program Framework.

The graduates are expected to acquire advanced chemical, physical, mathematical, computational (calculation and simulation), and laboratory experimental skills as relevant to the subjects of their Master projects. They are further expected to become exposed to the international research environment and to acquire strong scientific communication skills. The program design takes advantage of the faculty expertise and the laboratory resources of the School of Science and Technology, National Laboratory of Astana, School of mining and Geoscience, and School of Engineering.


Application Requirements:

Applicants applying to the Master of Science in Chemistry program are expected to have:

1) a Bachelors’ degree in Chemistry or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;

2) have an overall GPA of 2.75 in a scale of 4.0;

3) the required level of English proficiency as indicated below

4) 2 letters of recommendation;

5) a personal statement of purpose;

6) submission of a valid IELTS or TOEFL test report (must be submitted).


Required Level of English Proficiency:

The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Master of Science in Robotics program is overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-score requirements no less than 6.0), or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website.

Applicants to the Master of Science in Robotics program, 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 degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English;
  • the applicant is a graduate of Nazarbayev University