M.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Technologies

General

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Program Description

School of Sciences and Humanities

The academic staff at Nazarbayev University’s School of Sciences and Humanities comprises scholars with doctoral degrees from leading universities around the world. We also have researchers involved in various studies, and our scientists in the natural sciences conduct researches in about 90 laboratories. Some of our faculty members even specialize in Eurasian studies. Admitted students of NU SSH can rest assured of tapping from our faculty’s wealth of knowledge and experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

We keep our classes small so students can readily receive one-on-one attention from their instructors. Moreover, instructors can tailor classes to the need of each student for the best learning experience owing to our student-centered learning. Our professors can work with the weaknesses of every student and improve their strengths. Laboratory experience and research involvement are not spared from this approach: our students get practical laboratory experience and collaborate with their colleagues or their professors in researches.

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About the program

Biological science is recognized worldwide as a vibrant, emerging area of study. The Master of Science degree (MSc) in Biological Sciences and Technologies provides excellent instruction in a focused discipline and will train modern high-quality biotechnology and life science experts which are in high demand globally.

Our small classes and student-centered approach mean that all of our students have the opportunity to develop close relationships with their instructors who can guide them into academic paths uniquely suited to them.  Students have opportunities to get hands-on experience in laboratories and to participate in research projects independently or with their professors.

General information

  • Campus: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • Language: English
  • Delivery mode: Full time, on-campus
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Total ECTS credits: 120

Program outline

For some students, a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) obtained after two years of training will be the desired end to their graduate training. As for the rest, the ultimate goal of this graduate program is the Ph.D. degree, which has an expected duration of no less than three additional years beyond the M.Sc., in line with the leading graduate science programs in the world.

Discipline core courses in advanced prokaryotic, eukaryotic molecular cellular and structural biology are accompanied by a life science-oriented statistics course that will enable students to analyze data. Other core courses in applied bioinformatics, advanced biotechnology, and cellular biophysics offer students the necessary theoretical knowledge and methodological skill set for specialization supported by research electives in immunology, neuroscience, cancer biology, environmental systems, drug design and development, synthetic biology, or gene therapy. Courses in education, innovation, and entrepreneurship complement the discipline-specific courses. The courses of the entire program will consist of lectures, problem- and team-based learning courses, seminars, practical and experimental approaches. The latest research findings will be fully integrated into teaching. The English language will be used throughout the program.

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Entrance requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent).
    During the application period, final year students may submit an official current transcript for consideration.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).
  • English Language Requirements.
    IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website.
  • High motivation and a strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose.
  • CV (Resume).
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Work after graduation

Possible career destinations:

Graduates of this program are expected to find many medium-paid job opportunities in universities, pharmaceutical, biotechnological or agricultural companies, hospitals, research institutions, vocational schools, governmental and non-profit organizations. 

As for the rest, the ultimate goal of this graduate program is the Ph.D. degree, which has an expected duration of no less than three additional years beyond the MSc, in line with the leading graduate science programs in the world.

Strategic partner

University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

Other strategic partners of Nazarbayev University

  • Duke University, Fuqua School of Business (USA)
  • The National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore) 
  • The University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • The University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Colorado School of Mines (USA)
  • The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (USA)
  • The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)
  • The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (USA)
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Located in Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, Nazarbayev University is a research university with growing international renown combining education and innovation on a state of the art 21st- ... Read More

Located in Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, Nazarbayev University is a research university with growing international renown combining education and innovation on a state of the art 21st-century campus. NU scholars conduct research in a variety of fields and bring the most ambitious projects to life. Research is supported by internal and external funds each year and carried out in modern laboratories. English as the language of instruction and research at Nazarbayev University, admission and progression systems are entirely merit-based. Read less