Ph.D. On Campus

Chemical Engineering

Nazarbayev University

48 months
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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 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.

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:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent
  • A competitive CGPA in applicant’s Master’s (or equivalent) degree
  • High level of English proficiency
  • High motivation and a strong interest in the Program as outlined in a statement of purpose
  • Research proposal 
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic source)
  • Complete Application form
  • National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants)
  • Statement of purpose outlining the applicant’s prior educational career, statement of his/her interest in the Program, his/her long-term career goals, and how the program would help him/her to achieve these goals (500 words)

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


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