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Biological Sciences and Technologies

Nazarbayev University

24 months
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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. 

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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 Biological Sciences and Technologies at Nazarbayev University 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: 

  • Statistical Methods in Life Sciences Research, 
  • Structural and Molecular Biology in Health and Disease,
  • Molecular Biology of Prokaryotic Cells 
  • Research Methods, 
  • Technical Communications  
  • Advanced Biotechnology, 
  • Applied Bioinformatics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

A preliminarily application deadline is May, 2022. Please contact the School for more information.


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

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

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

  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).
  • High level of English proficiency.
  • GRE - Recommended
  • 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;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • High motivation and strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose;

Tuition Fee

  • 2,700 - 13,500 USD per one academic year depending on a discount applied. 
  • Scholarships are available.

Living costs for Nur-Sultan

151250 - 222349 KZT /month
Living costs

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


The sources of funding can be:

  •  the state educational order;
  •  a specific scholarship and/or sponsorship;
  •  applicant’s own expense.
Nazarbayev University offers “Abay Kunanbayev” scholarship for international candidates, who successfully go through the selection process and are recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee of the respective program. This scholarship covers the tuition fee, basic medical insurance and the monthly stipend. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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