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The Biomedical Sciences program at Nazarbayev University has been designed to generate a new generation of researchers, who will shape research in Kazakhstan and on the international level. It addresses highly motivated students, who want to be part of a research community working on finding causes and treatments for a variety of different diseases.

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Key Features

Our School has strong ties to the hospitals around Nur-Sultan and is therefore in an ideal position as a link between bench and bedside. Our researchers are working on various topics among them cancer, inflammatory and infectious diseases.

The Biomedical Sciences program at Nazarbayev University provides broad training in topics necessary for good research as well as a focus on one specific area you are interested in. This program will prepare you for a career in either academia as well as in an industrial setting.

The PhD degree at Nazarbayev University is a four-year full-time lab based program according to international standards. It is offered within the School of Medicine and open to Master students of Life Sciences as well as MD students having completed a graduate program. The School of Medicine is in a unique position to offer this program as it has laboratory facilities as well as close links to the clinics in Nur-Sultan. This program aims to bridge the gap between basic science and medicine.

Student graduating from the International PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine at Nazarbayev University will be trained to independently conduct scientific research in the field of biomedical sciences in an academic or industrial environment. Biomedical scientists may use their knowledge of biomedical research to:

  • Be part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists to solve problems of different illnesses
  • Direct a research lab and conduct cutting-edge research
  • Translate discoveries and inventions from fundamental level to application in an industrial setting
  • Manage and coordinate large scientific projects (national and international)
  • Teach at national and international universities
  • Work in government advising policy makers about scientific matters related to health and disease development

Programme Structure

  • Core element of the program is a biomedical PhD thesis. In addition, PhD students are offered a variety of key competence seminars (see the section CURRICULUM for more information). Each PhD project will be supervised by one faculty member with the project lying in his/her area of research. A second co-supervisor will be allocated to each PhD student.
  • The PhD program will teach you important aspect of research such as grant writing, writing of papers for publication, giving presentations on your research and getting ethical approval.
  • Assessment of your progress will be done via annual reviews and progress reports as well as presentations of the work at NUSOM and conferences worldwide. At the end of your fourth year you will concentrate on writing of your PhD thesis, which together with a thesis defense at the end of the fourth year will comprise your final grade.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

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General requirements

Evidence of successful completion of either:

  • 1st and 2nd cycle of higher education in a relevant discipline (including completion of a two-year masters degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale),  OR
  • completion of an MD program or equivalent, OR
  • equivalent

Sufficient English language skills to be able to function effectively at PhD level, English-language environment, provided by

Proof of completion of an academic degree in a university taught in the English language,A project proposal for the PhD in biomedical sciencesA list of the applicant’s preferred three choices of PhD projects (optional)2 reference lettersany other documentation supporting your application i.e. evidence of any professional and/or voluntary experiences that develop essential skills related to laboratory workCV

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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