48 months
23500 USD/year
23500 USD/year
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The Chemical Engineering program of the Nazarbayev University, fully taught in English, is designed to provide a sophisticated knowledge base and advanced skills at the expert level for individuals planning a career in academia, industry and research settings in any of the subfields of the Chemical Engineering discipline. 


The Chemical Engineering program of the Nazarbayev University focuses on the development of an in-depth understanding of the nature, implementation, and evaluation of chemical engineering principles and applications, together with the growth of research skills. The current areas of research interest for the PhD in Chemical Engineering encompass a wide spectrum, with specific focus on priority areas for Kazakhstan, such as: energy generation, conversion and storage; environmental protection, remediation and resource efficiency; hydrocarbon processing; plastics production and processing; food processing; bioprocesses; red, green and white biotechnologies.

These areas are also aligned with well-known research priorities, such as: Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (Information and Communication Technologies; Nanotechnologies; Advanced Materials; Advanced Manufacturing and Processing); Environment, Future and Emerging Technologies; Health, demographic change and wellbeing (Improving diagnosis; Innovative treatments and technologies; Integrated, sustainable, citizen-centered care).

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 chemical engineering. In addition, program graduates will be prepared for working in industrial and academic environments in the positions of e.g. university faculty members, senior researchers, engineers, and product developers.

Program Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the program, the students will be able to:

  • Review, analyse, and evaluate the body of scientific literature in their field of study in Chemical Engineering;
  • Select appropriate research topics in their field of study in Chemical Engineering, and generate hypotheses about such topics;
  • Plan, develop, analyse and communicate research in writing and verbally independently;
  • Make an original contribution to the knowledge in their area of specialization within Chemical Engineering;
  • Judge technically and ethically and relate their research to the broader field of knowledge in their Chemical Engineering sub-discipline;
  • Develop their academic/scholarly career through presentations, publications, and national and international networking;

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods & Ethics
  •  Thesis Research 
  •  Advanced Chemical Reactions  Engineering
  • Current Research Literature
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 
  • Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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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
  • Strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE test (recommended);
  • High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a statement of purpose;
  • Relevant research interest and knowledge of research subject as demonstrated in a written research proposal;
  • Resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from academic source).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23500 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    23500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23500 USD per year during 48 months.

KZT 10 011 000

Living costs for Nur-Sultan

151250 - 222349 KZT /month
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