PROGRAMS

PhD in Science, Engineering and Technology (only cohort 2019)

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Message from the Director of the PhD programs

Dear PhD applicant,

Thanks for your interest in our top-notch PhD programs in the School of Engineering and Digital Sciences at Nazarbayev University:

PhD in Science, Engineering and Technology (admissions only until year 2018)

PhD in Chemical Engineering (new)

PhD in Civil Engineering (new)

PhD in Computer Science (new)

PhD in Electrical Engineering (new)

PhD in Mechanical Engineering (new)

PhD in Robotics Engineering (new)

Nazarbayev University is a growing research university conveniently located in the heart of Eurasia, with a strong commitment to deliver world-class education and research training to our local and international students.

Our internationally recognized faculty, partners and visiting fellows are fully accompanied by growing on-demand research funding, state-of-the-art lab/computer facilities, modern library and classrooms, supported by tremendously diligent and resourceful technical, administrative and managerial staff.

Our PhD Programs focus on developing a new generation of globally competitive scientists, researchers and developers of new technologies.

With such a tremendous effort in bringing together the finest team, infrastructure and organization, we strive in inviting you, among the best students from Kazakhstan and around the world, to experience together the fantastic journey towards your doctoral degree in a world-class institution.

Visit the website of the affiliated department to PhD program of your interest and contact the Head of Department if you have questions about the program, admission or your research field of interest to help you completing the application forms.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Luis R. Rojas-Solórzano, Ph.D.

Director of PhD Studies in Science, Engineering and Technology

Chair of SEDS Graduate Committee

Associate Professor

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Tel: +7(7172) 709144

Email: luis.rojas@nu.edu.kz

  Program overview

The PhD program in Science, Engineering and Technology (PhD program), fully taught in English, is designed to provide advanced skills and a sophisticated knowledge base at the expert level for individuals planning a career in academic, industry and research settings in engineering and science disciplines. The program focuses on the development of research skills, together with an in-depth understanding of the nature, implementation and evaluation of engineering principles and applications. The current areas of research interest for the PhD program in Science, Engineering and Technology encompass a wide area, with specific focus on priority areas for Kazakhstan, such as: energy engineering; information and communications technology; advanced materials science and engineering; sustainable engineering; biomedical engineering; robotics and mechatronics.

These areas are also aligned with the research priorities for Europe as described in the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, such as: Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (Information and Communication Technologies; Nanotechnologies; Advance Materials; Advanced Manufacturing and Processing); Environment, Future and Emerging Technologies; Health, demographic change and wellbeing (Improving diagnosis; Innovative treatments and technologies; Integrated, sustainable, citizen-centered care).

By the completion of the PhD program, students will be capable of designing, conducting, and interpreting independent, innovative, original and high-quality research related to a variety of engineering topics. In addition, program graduates will be prepared for working in industrial and academic environment in the positions of university faculty members, senior researchers, engineers and product developers.

 Entry requirements:

The overarching aim of the program is to develop high-quality doctoral researchers who are ready and able to make a lasting contribution to addressing scientific, technological, economic, societal and environmental challenges of global significance.
It is closely associated with the aim of Kazakhstan to increase its global competitiveness and join the top 30 most developed countries in the world by 2050.

Contact us:

e-mail:
seds@nu.edu.kz

Landline:
+7 (7172) 706482,

+7 (7172) 694536 (Program related questions)

 

 

 The program aims to prepare:
  • specialists for advanced careers in (national and multinational) industry and academia in Kazakhstan, in neighboring countries and internationally;
  • future policy and decision-makers for careers in governmental agencies, public service, and the social economy, in Kazakhstan, and globally;
  • entrepreneurs who will be able to promote advanced and innovative science-rich technologies anywhere in the world;
  • new generation of commercially aware and technologically advanced scientists and technologists to lead future developments in the chosen chemical and materials engineering sub-discipline;
  • future academics and researchers in chemical engineering sub-disciplines for careers as specialists in universities of Kazakhstan and other parts of the world.
 Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Review, analyse, and evaluate the body of scientific literature in their field of study in Engineering and Science
  • Select appropriate research topics in their field of study in Engineering and Science, and generate hypotheses about such topics
  • Plan, develop, analyse and communicate research in writing and verbally independently
  • Make an original contribution to the knowledge in their area of specialization within Engineering and Science
  • Judge technically and ethically and relate their research to the broader field of knowledge in their Engineering and Science sub-discipline
  • Develop their academic/scholarly career through presentations, publications, and national and international networking
 NU Graduates shall: (Graduate Attributes)
  • Possess an in-depth and sophisticated understanding of their domain of study.
  • Be intellectually agile, curious, creative and open-minded.
  • Be thoughtful decision makers who know how to involve others.
  • Be entrepreneurial, self-propelling and able to create new opportunities.
  • Be fluent and nuanced communicators across languages and cultures.
  • Be cultured and tolerant citizens of the world.
  • Demonstrate high personal integrity.
  • Be prepared to take a leading role in the development of their country.
The typical curriculum for the PhD in Science, Engineering and Technology program (cohort 2019) is shown in the tables below (CLICK HERE):
Year 1: Fall Semester
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Program Core Research Methods & Ethics* (DENG 782) SEDS/SSH 6 56 94
Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 30
Electives Doctoral Elective Course 1* SEDS/SSH 8 75 125
Doctoral Elective Course 2* SEDS/SSH 8 75 125
Doctoral Elective Course 3* SEDS/SSH 8 75 125
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 30 281 499
(*) Course may be waived for NU graduates and replaced by a Level-8 course (core or elective) selected by the student’s supervisory committee and approved by the corresponding departmental committee.  
Year 1: Spring Semester
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Program Core Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 30
Current Research Literature (DENG 701) SEDS/SSH 8 45 155
Electives Graduate Elective Course 4* SEDS/SSH 8 45 155
Graduate Elective Course 5* SEDS/SSH 8 45 155
Graduate Elective Course 6* SEDS/SSH 8 45 155
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 32 180 650
(*) Course may be waived for NU graduates and replaced by an EQF Level-8 course (core or elective) selected by the student’s supervisory committee and approved by the corresponding departmental committee  
Year 1: Summer Term
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Core Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 400
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 0 0 400
 
Year 2: Fall
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Program Core Doctoral Seminar I (DENG 789) SEDS/SSH 6 56 94
Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 570
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 6 56 664
 
Year 2: Spring
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Program Core Doctoral Seminar II (DENG 790) SEDS/SSH 6 56 94
Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 570
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 6 56 664
 
Year 2: Summer Term
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Core Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 400
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 0 0 400
 
Year 3: Fall
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Program Core Doctoral Seminar III (DENG 791) SEDS/SSH 6 56 94
Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 570
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 6 56 664
 
Year 3: Spring (6th Semester)
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Program Core Doctoral Seminar IV (DENG 792) SEDS/SSH 6 56 94
Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 570
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 6 56 664
 
Year 3: Summer Term
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Core Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 400
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 0 0 400
 
Year 4: Fall
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Program Core Doctoral Seminar V (DENG 793) SEDS/SSH 6 56 94
Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 0 0 570
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 6 56 664
 
Year 4: Spring
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Program Core Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 178 (0)# 0 4450
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 178 5 4450
(#) If thesis is not submitted and successfully defended. For PhD students who need additional time, semester loads in the following years are the same as those in Year 4, as indicated below.  
Year 4: Summer Term
Course Academic Unit ECTS Credits Workload
Class Hours Self-study Hours
Core Thesis Research (DENG 700) SEDS/SSH 178 (0)# 0 4450
SEMESTER SUBTOTAL: 178 0 4450
 SEDS Graduate Program Committee encloses all graduate programs in SEDS and it replaces the previous PhD SET Committee (PPC)
 SEDS Graduate Program Committee members:

Luis  Rojas-Solórzano
(Committee Chair)
Associate Professor
Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Memon Shazim Ali

Shazim Ali Memon (Committee Co-Chair)
Associate professor

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Dimitrios Emiris

Dimitrios Emiris

Professor

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

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Daniele Tosi

Associate professor

Dep.of Electrical and Computer Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Mehdi Bagheri

Mehdi Bagheri

Associate professor

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Nurxat Nuraje

Associate Professor

Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Chang Keun Lim Assistant Professor CHME 1 1

Chang-Keun Lim

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Konstantinos Kostas

Assistant professor
Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Anara Sandygulova

Anara Sandygulova

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Robotics

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Fatih Demirci

Associate Professor
Dept. of Computer Science

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Gonzalo Hortelano
Professor

Dept. of Biology

School of Sciences and Humanities

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Alexander Tikhonov 

Associate professor
Dep. of Physics

School of Sciences and Humanities