M.Sc. in Mining Engineering


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Program Description

School of Mining and Geosciences

Established in 2016, Nazarbayev University’ School of Mining and Geosciences (NUSMG) aims to train future leaders and experts in the earth sciences. NUSMG is determined to further scientific knowledge and be a pacemaker of technological advancements through research and teaching. Our mission is to be renowned as a leading school of earth science and research all over the world.

NUSMG mines natural resources in a safe and sustainable manner and satisfies international safety standards for resource exploitation, ensuring the well-being of the domestic and international environment. 

The school currently offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the following fields:

  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering 
  • Geoscience

The School of Mining and Geosciences maintains strategic partnerships with local and international companies and universities, such as the Colorado School of Mines, a United States’ research university.


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About the program

Master of Science (MSc) in Mining Engineering degree is a specialized graduate program offered by the School of Mining and Geosciences (SMG) Department of Mining Engineering at Nazarbayev University. Students are required to complete 120 ECTS credits, in 4 semesters, which satisfies requirements stipulated by the Bologna Process and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) for Master’s Degrees. 

Mining engineers are responsible for planning, designing and operating mines by employing science and technology. They are involved in every stage of the mining cycle from exploring new deposits and deciding if they are economically viable through designing and constructing mines, managing the extraction of the mineral resources, ensuring the safety of the environment and operations to mine closure.

General information

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

Program outline

The program consists of course work as well as research components. The first year of the degree covers the advanced level of knowledge in mining engineering and prepares the student to conduct research in the second year of their studies. In the second year, students are expected to develop and practice research within the area of mining engineering discipline. Furthermore, the program will also give students a wide variety of skills in problem solving, teamwork and effective communications. The distinctive feature of the program as compared to similar programs in Kazakhstan will be in the overall structure of the course content which covers a broader spectrum of the Mining Engineering field with a stronger research emphasis, rather than being area-specific.


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Entrance requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • ELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score).
  • TOEFL equivalent as posted on the ETS website.
  • CGPA: At least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale OR 2.5 for Petroleum professionals with at least 2 years of relevant technical experience.

Work after graduation

Possible career destinations:

  • Mining and Tunneling: Geotechnical Engineering, Project and Contracts Manager, Drill and Blast Operator, Ventilation, Civil Constructions such as Dams, Highway, Building Foundation
  • Government: Mines Inspectorate, Leasing, Geological Surveys, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Monitoring; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Consultant: Project Coordination, Financial Analysis, Equipment Optimization, Explosives Applications,
  • Business Development: Project Management, Environmental Consultant, Marketing
  • Academia: University Teaching, Research, Recognition and Consulting

Strategic partner

Colorado School of Mines

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)
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison (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