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Nazarbayev University

48 months
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The Medicine program of Nazarbayev University emphasizes both the science and the humanity of medicine throughout the students’ four years of study. 


A Brief Description of the Curriculum

The carefully designed curriculum structure of the Medicine program of Nazarbayev University features active and participatory learning, problem and team-based approaches, an early introduction to the patient and the community, and the integration of a rigorous foundation in basic and clinical biomedical sciences with the behavioral and social aspects of medicine. Key subject matter is longitudinally integrated throughout the curriculum, building upon a foundation of prior learning while providing a progressive introduction of new content. 

Scheduled instructional time in the first two years of the curriculum is approximately one-third lectures; one-third small group learning, including demonstrations, problem-solving exercises, and skill-practice sessions; and one third activities, including observation of patient care, laboratory exercises, and high-fidelity simulation experiences. Topics are organized in thematic blocks that are built longitudinally.

Programme Structure

  • The Basic Science block runs through three-fourths of the first year and provides language and concepts that underlie the scientific basis of medical practice. Organ System block courses integrate physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and introduction to medicine, with concurrent courses in the Patient Care and Patient, Physician, and Society blocks.
  • The third-year curriculum consists of eight required clerkships designed to optimize the balance between inpatient and out-of-hospital learning opportunities. The fourth year includes an active internship, additional required and elective clerkships, and an integrated life sciences experience that revisits some aspect of basic science after students have several years of clinical experience. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree (or equivalent).
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.00, based on a 4.00 point scale (or equivalent on a 5.00 point scale).
  • Completed at least two science subjects, including but not limited to, one year of biology with lab or equivalent and one year of general chemistry with lab or equivalent.
  • A mandatory level of English language proficiency.
  • MCAT score of 489 is required in order to be invited to an interview.
  • Completed Application Form
  • Two (minimum) to four (maximum) confidential letters of recommendation.
  • Degree diploma with transcript.
  • Document stating the presence or absence of a criminal record.
  • 086y medical certificate (for Kazakhstani candidates) or a similar medical certificate with indication of general health or other document as requested by the University (for international candidates).
  • Notarized scanned copy of the applicant’s identity card 
  • Personal statement

Tuition Fee

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

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.


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