Master of Science in Biological Sciences and Technologies

Master of Science in Biological Sciences and Technologies

Biological science is recognized worldwide as a vibrant, emerging area of study. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in biological sciences are currently offered at nearly all high-quality research universities worldwide. Our graduate program can be compared in scope and structure to available programs in reputable overseas academic institutions. The M.Sc. 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 for both existing as well as anticipated industries in Kazakhstan.

This Graduate Program is consistent with the structure of the Bologna Process, which requires a minimum of 120 ECTS for a Master’s degree. The program will provide candidates with the opportunity to prepare themselves for either academic or non-academic (“professional”) careers.

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. All courses are taught by faculty selected from the Department of Biology and SST based on subject-relevant teaching and research experiences. 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.

Sample curriculum (curriculum is subject to change)

Fall Spring
Year 1 BIOL 520 Statistical Methods in Life Sciences Research BIOL 570 Advanced Biotechnology
BIOL 550 Structural and Molecular Biology in Health and Disease BIOL 580 Applied Bioinformatics
BIOL 560 Molecular Biology of Prokaryotic Cells SST 504 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
SST 590 Research Methods SST 592 Research Seminar
SST 501 Technical Communications I SST 502 Technical Communications II
Year 2 BIOL 631 Synthetic Biology SST 692  Thesis Research
BIOL 632 Drug Discovery and Design
BIOL 637 Advanced Microscopy
BIOL 635 Hot Topics in Life Sciences
SST 691 Thesis Proposal

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 PhD 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.


Admission Process, Procedures, and Standards

The Program Admission Committee will be responsible for the admission of students into the program. Commonly recognized quantitative measures will play an important role in the admissions process. Students must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or equivalent qualifications as determined by the Program Admission’s Committee, with a minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 or equivalent qualification. The program’s Admissions Committee may require students to take certain undergraduate courses if they are lacking an adequate background in areas of biology that are essential for succeeding in this program.

Every applicant to the M.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Technologies program is required to submit an application package in English (or notarized English translation) on-line ( as well as hard copies to the following address: 53, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., Astana, 010000, Kazakhstan, Graduate Admissions Department before the deadline set by the Admissions Committee:

  • Complete application form for Master of Science in Biological Sciences and Technologies program, which is available at
  • the official copy of degree diplomas-certificates with transcripts (with notarized English translation);
  • IELTS (test score of 6.5; with subscore requirement no less than 6.0) or the equivalent or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;
  • the official copy of Passport/national ID (with notarized English translation);
  • GRE test reports/certificates (optional) valid as of the commencement of the Master of Science in Biological Science program;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • resume (up to two A4 pages);
  • personal essay articulating the reasons for seeking a Master of Science in Biological Sciences program at Nazarbayev University (500 – 700 words);

Applicants with incomplete packages will not be considered until a completed application package is provided. The program Admissions Committee will offer admission to applicants according to their level of qualifications and the availability of a suitable thesis supervisor in accordance with the regulations of admission.