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Chemistry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The two year program in Chemistry at Nazarbayev University will extend your depth and breadth of knowledge in all domains of modern chemical science, helping you to become an excellent industrial or academic chemist. 


Chemistry is frequently referred as a “central science”  for its key role in advancing technological progress through the design and synthesis of novel functional materials for energy, environmental, and biomedical applications. 

By enrolling in the Chemistry program at Nazarbayev University you will benefit from a fast-developing research infrastructure and well-balanced study programs delivered by our highly qualified international academic staff. You will also be able to advance such essential skills as project management, team-working, problem-solving, preparing and delivering oral and poster presentations, as well as critical assessment of relevant scientific literature.

Work after graduation

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.

In future you will have a chance to prosper your career in petroleum/oil industry, geology industry, pharmaceutical industry or work in government sector. 

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

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

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

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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