Ph.D. On Campus


Nazarbayev University

48 months
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The Mathematics program of the Nazarbayev University will expand the role of the mathematics department, from currently teaching mathematics and building fundamental mathematical skills and mastery of all students in general to carrying out excellence in research. 



As Kazakhstan strives to become one of the top 30 most developed countries under the ‘Third Modernization of Kazakhstan’ model of economic growth, we anticipate growing demand from local, national, and international sources for highly trained English speaking Ph.D. holder in mathematics, thus, providing a healthy job market for our graduates in academic, corporate, and government sectors. Graduates of this program are expected to find highly respected positions in academia and industry.

Graduates of the Mathematics program of the Nazarbayev University will be prepared to play important roles in Kazakhstan’s economy, especially with respect to research, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. In this regard, this program will serve as a key building block in the research-driven economic and technological development of the region, and as a key amplifier of the influence of the Nazarbayev University within Kazakhstan and beyond its borders.

Career and Internship Support 

Student support is provided by a combination of services, centrally in the university, by SSH and at the PhD program level. Much of the support focuses on developing students’ skills to enhance their performance in the program.

This support is provided through the main Supervisor and Co-supervisors, who are the primary point of contact for all matters relating to students’ welfare and progress including career counseling. The Supervisor(s) and PhD candidate work together to identify the student’s Advisory Committee. The Supervisor is the key faculty member responsible for guiding the student through the PhD program, and especially through the process of identifying and designing his/her dissertation topic. The Supervisor is also expected to work closely with the PhD student in planning the research work and in the analysis of the data. Finally, the Supervisor must approve the draft of the dissertation prior to it being sent for external review. The Supervisor(s) will work with the student to address the comments and suggestions of the external examiner and will then determine when the dissertation draft is ready for the final defense at the University.

Academic staff delivering taught modules and lectures will provide students with necessary material, in classrooms, laboratories, and workshops, by print and electronic material such as Moodle. Students will be encouraged to attend Professional Development Workshops organized by CAC, SSH or the Department.

All students are required to take part in a 6 to a 12-month internship at an international host laboratory. The host supervisor and supervisory team at NU will maintain communication with the student throughout the student’s stay. The internship supported by supervisor or co-supervisor’s individual faculty grants or from the School budget.

Work permits

Work permits for Kazakhstan

  • If you are from Kazakhstan, you won't need to prepare and apply for a work permit.
  • GA opportunities are available
  • PhD students are not recommended to work, as they need to focus on their research

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research Methods & Ethics
  • Real analysis
  • Topics in Mathematics
  • Functional Analysis with Applications 
  • Advanced abstract algebra
  • Nonlinear Differential Equations with Applications

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree and master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 in their highest degree
  • The required level of English proficiency 
  • 2 letters of recommendation in English. One of the two recommendations must be written by an employer or research supervisor
  • A statement of purpose not exceeding 500 words
  • GRE – Recommended: Valid GRE Test Report (general test)
  • Complete Application form for Ph.D in Mathematics program
  • Transcripts
  • Official copy of Passport/national ID (with notarized English translation)
  • Resume (up to two A4 pages)
  • A statement of purpose not exceeding 500 words, explaining the motivation to enroll on the Ph.D in Mathematics, and the tentative choice of the research subject

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.


The sources of funding can be:

  •  the state educational order;
  • a specific scholarship and/or sponsorship;
  • applicant’s own expense.
Nazarbayev University offers “Abay Kunanbayev” scholarship for international candidates, who successfully go through the selection process and are recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee of the respective program. This scholarship covers the tuition fee, basic medical insurance and the monthly stipend. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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