Ph.D. On Campus

Computer Science

Nazarbayev University

48 months
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The Computer Science program of the Nazarbayev University, fully taught in English, is designed to provide advanced skills and sophisticated knowledge for individuals planning a career in academic, industry and research settings in any subfield of computer science and engineering.  


The Computer Science program of the Nazarbayev University focuses on the development of an in-depth understanding of the nature, implementation, and evaluation of computing principles and applications together with the growth of research skills. The current areas of research interest for the PhD in Computer Science encompass a wide spectrum, with a specific focus on artificial intelligence, systems, data analytics, information security, and smart cities.

By the completion of the PhD program, students will be capable of designing and conducting independent, innovative, original and high-quality research in computer science. In addition, program graduates will be prepared for working in industrial and academic environments, e.g., as 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 Computer Science;
  • Identify appropriate research topics in their field of study in Computer Science, 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 Computer Science;
  • Judge technically and ethically and relate their research to the broader field of knowledge in their Computer Science sub-discipline;
  • Develop their academic/scholarly career through presentations, publications, and national and international networking.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods & Ethics
  • Current Research Literature
  • Thesis Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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

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

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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