Department of Chemistry


The M.Sc. in Chemistry is designed to train students as professional chemists who will possess in-depth knowledge of advanced theory and practical knowledge in various areas of chemistry. The graduates are expected to continue either to Ph.D. studies for future academic appointments or turn to the professional workforce in the laboratories in the oil industry, pharmaceutical companies, food industry, or to join in the effort to initiate and establish the chemical industry for the Republic of Kazakhstan. The students will gain deep and systematic knowledge of the fundamental principles in chemistry and develop the ability to identify, analyze, and develop solutions to problems in the context of real-life of the XXI Century while fostering entrepreneurship. The graduates are expected to acquire advanced chemical, physical, mathematical, computational (calculation and simulation), and laboratory experimental skills as relevant to the subjects of their Master's projects. They are further expected to become exposed to the international research environment and to acquire strong scientific communication skills. The program design takes advantage of the faculty expertise and the laboratory resources of the School of Science and Humanities, National Laboratory of Astana, School of mining and Geoscience, and School of Engineering.



The program is a research-intensive and student-centered program that emphasizes the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, as well as the ability to work individually and as part of a team to solve timely scientific problems in life sciences and crate solutions for societal concerns.

The two-year 120 ECTS credit M.Sc. in Chemistry program is in accordance with the Bologna requirements. The curriculum of the program consists of four different types of courses:

  1. Core courses (30 ECTS)
  2. Elective courses (30 ECTS)
  3. Research courses including M.Sc. Thesis (42 ECTS)
  4. Communication courses (18 ECTS)
Core Courses
  • Principles of Physical Chemistry
  • Applied Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Structures and Reaction Mechanisms
  • Organic Reactions and Mechanisms
  • Scientific Methods in Chemistry
Elective Courses
  • Applied Colloid and Surfactant Science
  • Applied Polymer Science
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry of Materials
  • Astrochemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Environmental Chemistry
  • Surface Analysis and Characterization by Spectroscopy and Microscopy
  • Nanochemistry and Functional Materials
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Catalysis for Sustainable Energy
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Structural Identification of Organic Compounds
Communication and Research Courses
  • Science Communication
  • Selected Topics in Chemistry
  • Chemistry Seminar
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Directed Research in Chemistry
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis

A sample schedule of the M.Sc. in Chemistry program can be downloaded using this link.

For more inquiries regarding the M.Sc. in Chemistry Program, please contact Dr. Andrey Khalimon, the Master's program director.

In the case of general inquiries, contact Prof. Vesselin Paunov, the department chair.

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