Ph.D. On Campus

Civil Engineering

Nazarbayev University

48 months
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 The Civil Engineering program at Nazarbayev University 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 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. 

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

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

  • 2350-11750 USD per one academic year depending on a discount applied. 
  • Scholarships are available.

Living costs for Nur-Sultan

151250 - 222349 KZT /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships for International Students are available

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