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The PhD program in Civil Engineering (further in the text: PhD Program) fully taught in English, is designed to provide advanced skills and a fundamental knowledge base at the expert level for individuals planning a career in academic, industry and research settings in any of the subfields of the Civil Engineering discipline. The program focuses on the development of an in-depth understanding of the nature, implementation, and evaluation of Civil Engineering principles and applications together with the growth of research skills. The current areas of research interest for the PhD in Civil Engineering encompass a wide spectrum, with a specific focus on priority areas, 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.

By the completion of the PhD Program, students will be capable of designing and conducting independent, innovative, original and high-quality research related to a variety of topics in Civil Engineering. In addition, PhD Program graduates will be prepared for working in industrial and academic environments in positions of university faculty members, senior researchers, engineers and product developers.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The PhD Civil Engineering program provides comprehensive technologic and scientific preparation for engineers in 6 (six) key areas of Civil Engineering:

  • 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.

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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

    1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

    2. Master’s degree or equivalent

    3. A competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree.

    4. High level of English proficiency

    1) 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;

    2) Applicants 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;

    - one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a program that was officially taught in English.

    *!* Due to pandemic applicants are allowed to confirm their knowledge with Duolingo test.

    5. Statement of purpose;

    6. Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a  research proposal;

    8. Resume;

    9. 2 letters of recommendation (one from an academic source).

    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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