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Biological Sciences and Technologies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Master of Science degree (MSc) in Biological Sciences and Technologies at Nazarbayev University 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 and abroad.

About

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 and abroad. 

The Master of Science degree (MSc) in Biological Sciences and Technologies at Nazarbayev University 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 and abroad. 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.

Work after graduation

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced prokaryotic
  • Eukaryotic molecular cellular and structural biology
  • Applied bioinformatics
  • Advanced biotechnology and cellular biophysics 
  • Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer biology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).
  • High level of English proficiency
  • Strong mathematical skills as demonstrated by ALEKS test administered by the School on a set date. Applicants who provide valid GRE or GMAT test certificate may request exemption from mathematical skills test
  • High motivation and strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

Application fee:

  • 28 000 KZT (for non-residents of the Republic of Kazakhstan) 10 000 KZT (for residents of the republic of Kazakhstan)

Living costs for Nur-Sultan

  • 151250 - 222350 KZT/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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