Master in Biology


Program Description

The Master’s program offers the theoretical and practical study of living organisms and how they interact with various environments. The program aims at providing students with a profound knowledge of biological processes that help facing challenges concerning the effects of climate change and pollution on ecosystems.

The Master’s program in Biology is a two-year package program. The first year consists of a series of compulsory and elective courses. In the second year, you will concentrate on your thesis. The thesis work is a final and crucial stage of the program, it must include an experimental part, i.e. the generation of original data or original material. You will conduct your research thesis at the Department of Natural Sciences under the guidance of a research advisor who will also help shape a program of study and plan the main stages of your dissertation thesis. Your graduate education is completed with an oral defense of your thesis in the presence of Council Board

Components of the program

The two-year program is full-time, covering 127 ECTS.

Theoretical courses are mainly scheduled in the first semester.

The program is composed of compulsory courses and elective courses (chosen from the courses on offer within the specialization), two types of training (pedagogical and scientific), research project (thesis).

Pedagogical training aims at developing a Master's student teaching skills in the field of biology through conducting lectures and practical classes. Scientific training provides deep knowledge of theoretical, methodological and technological achievements in science as well as the organization and conducting of research projects.


Students who are registered at Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University and have successfully completed the Biology Master’s program will obtain an MSc diploma in Biology with a specialization in natural sciences.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's program in Biology will be qualified for a wide range of positions in public and government institutions or in various ministries. With a Master's in Biology, you can also obtain a position as a researcher or adviser in consultancy agencies or environmental research institutes and industries.

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For admission to the magistracy it is necessary to submit the following documents:

  1. Statement addressed to the head of the organization;
  2. Notarized copies of documents of higher education with supplements;
  3. Personnel record card;
  4. Notarized copy of the work record book (if any);
  5. Six photos 3x4;
  6. Medical certificate form 086-U;
  7. Copy of the identity card;
  8. List of scientific publications and methodical works (if available);
  9. Receipt of payment for testing in a foreign language (original);
  10. Folder;
  11. An envelope (in shape of a diploma), 3 files;
  12. For applicants on a fee basis - a letter that guarantees the payment of tuition fees.

Brief overview

Language of instruction English/ Kazakh/Russian
Duration 2 years
Number of credits 120 ECTS
Start time Autumn semester 2020 (September)
Study type Full-time
Specializations Biology
Field of interest Natural Sciences


Coordinator of the program Head of Biology Department
Shynar Durmekbayeva
International Affairs Office

Manager of International Affairs Office
Altynay Akhmetova

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University is one of the leading regional universities in Northern Kazakhstan. It is more than 50 years in the lead of the education system. The university was establish ... Read More

Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University is one of the leading regional universities in Northern Kazakhstan. It is more than 50 years in the lead of the education system. The university was established in 1996. Today Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University is a modern, actively developing higher education institution with a worthy tradition, great potential and serious plans for the future. Read less