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The current areas of research interest for the PhD in Civil Engineering program at Nazarbayev University encompass a wide spectrum, with specific focus on priority areas for Kazakhstan, such as: energy green growth, urban and regional development, environmental care and equitable management, advanced transportation and sustainable engineering and digitalization.

These areas are also aligned with well-known international research priorities, such as: Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies; Environment, Future and Emerging Technologies; and Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing.


Civil engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, many spend time outdoors at construction sites so they can monitor operations or solve problems onsite. Most civil engineers employed in the private sector work for large construction contractors or as consultants. 

Government institutions that employ civil engineers include state transportation departments and the military. 

  •  Architects; 
  • Civil Engineering Technicians; 
  • Construction Managers; 
  • Mechanical Engineers;
  •  Urban and Regional Planners; 
  • Surveyors; 
  • Environmental Engineers;
  • Landscape Architects. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Key areas

  • Structural Engineering and Materials;
  • Geotechnical Engineering;
  • Environmental Engineering;
  • Construction Management;
  • Transportation Engineering and
  • Water Resources and Management, in perfect alignment with today´s technological challenges.

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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    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

  •  An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  •  A Master’s degree or equivalent
  • During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.
  •  A competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree.
  •  High level of English proficiency
  • The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the program is:
  •  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;

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 14 000 KZT (about 35 USD)

To learn more about the tuition fee applicable to this programme, please visit the university website

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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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