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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

  Outstanding support for postgraduate and early career researchers

Nazarbayev University stimulates, supports and sustains a vibrant research and intellectual environment across and between disciplines for postgraduate and early career researchers. Focusing on investment and development in training, resources and facilities, the PhD Program in Science, Engineering and Technology provides an outstanding quality experience for those in the early stages of their research careers.

 About the program

The PhD program is typically conducted over 48 months full time.

Each student will develop their personal and professional skills and their PhD program as part of the core curriculum courses. The program includes the possibility of taught courses (during the first three years) to support the development of postgraduate research students, to extend and test their knowledge in their research discipline. Each student will be required to formally defend their PhD proposal at the end of their first year. The program also progresses into a 36 month period dedicated to their research topic, from which a demonstrable original contribution to the knowledge pool will be assessed through a viva voce.

In total, the student would be expected to spend the first 42 months conducting research and the remaining 6 months to finalize the thesis before defending their research. Continuation into a 5th year is possible upon approval and may come with specific requisites and stipulations. The program includes the possibility of a mobility period in a host university abroad in order to provide the students with international experience.

The research visit must be fully justified and approved by the PhD Program Committee managing the PhD Program.

  On successful completion of the program, the PhD student will be able to (Learning Outcomes):
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the contemporary research literature in their field of study;
  • Critically evaluate all major types of research in their field of study;
  • Identify appropriate research topics in their field of study, and generate hypotheses about such topics;
  • Plan, conduct, analyse and communicate research in writing and verbal forms, independently;
  • Make an original contribution to the knowledge in their area of specialization;
  • Explain their research and research findings to others both orally and in written form;
  • Have a deep understanding of how their research relates to the broader field of knowledge in their discipline;
  • Have an understanding of how to disseminate their research findings and to develop their academic/scholarly career through presentations, publications, and national and international networking;
  • Teach in their discipline at university level in English.

Contact us:

e-mail:
seds_admissions@nu.edu.kz

Landline:
+7 (7172) 706482,

+7 (7172) 694536 (Program related questions)

 

  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 (until cohort 2018) is shown in the tables below (CLICK HERE):
Bylaws, Regulations and Annexes for the PhD in Science, Engineering and Technology program (until cohort 2018) (CLICK HERE):

1. Admissions information

1.1 Rules for admission to PhD program

1.2. PhD Program minor changes

1.2.1. PhD Regulations minor changes_July_2018

1.2.2. PhD Regulations minor changes_March_2019

2. Guide to PhD Study

2.1. Regulations

2.1.1. PhD_SEng_Student handbook

2.1.2. PhD Science Engineering Technology Thesis format regulations

2.1.3. Graduate APP

2.1.4. PhD Committee Regulations

2.1.5. Faculty Regulation

2.2. Researcher development courses

3. Annex Templates
3.1. Annex 1_RESEARCH PROPOSAL FORM
3.2. Annex 2_PHD COURSES SELECTION FORM
3.3. Annex 3_PHD STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
3.4. Annex 4_RELIMINARY PHD RESEARCH PLAN FORM
3.5. Annex 5_PHD RESEARCH & SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE FORM
3.6.1. Annex 6 PHD RESEARCH PLAN ORAL DEFENSE - Section 1_SUPEVISORY COMMITTEE SECTION
3.6.2. Annex 6 PHD RESEARCH PLAN ORAL DEFENCE - Section 2_PROGRESS REVIEW COMMITTEE SECTION
3.7. Annex 7_PHD SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE CHANGES FORM
3.8. Annex 8_ REVISED PHD RESEARCH PLAN FORM AFTER VIVA
3.9.1. Annex 9_PHD PROGRESS REVIEW COMMITTEE FORM - Section 1_STUDENT SECTION
3.9.2. Annex 9_PHD PROGRESS REVIEW COMMITTEE FORM - Section 2_SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE SECTION
3.9.3. Annex 9_PHD PROGRESS REVIEW COMMITTEE FORM - Section 3_PROGRESS REVIEW COMMITTEE SECTION
3.10. Annex 10_PHD THESIS OUTLINE FORM
3.11. Annex 11_PHD THESIS SUBMISSION FORM
3.12. Annex 12_MINOR & MAJOR AMENDMENT CHANGES FORM
3.13. Annex_Postgraduate Research Oral_Exam_Joint_Form_
3.14. Annex_Postgraduate Research Exam_Individual_Form_
3.15. Annex_Postgraduate Research Exam_Chair_Form_

 PhD in Science, Engineering and Technology program Committee members:

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

Hortelano, Gonzalo 
(Co-chair)
Professor

Dept. of Biology

School of Science and Technology

Fatih Demirci

Associate Professor
Dept. of Computer Science

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Mohammad Hashmi

Associate Professor

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Kostas, Kostantinos

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Shazim Memon 

Associate Professor

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Nurxat Nuraje

Associate Professor

Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

Anara Sandygulova 

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Robotics and Mechatronics

School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

PhD in Science, Engineering and Technology program's alumni

 

Name Aliya Mukanova
Thesis topic: “Design and engineering of advanced anode materials for energy storage and conversion applications”
Research of interests Material science, nanomaterials, characterization methods, lithium-ion batteries, thin films, materials for fission and fusion reactors, modeling of substance-irradiation interaction
Lead Supervisor: Zhumabay Bakenov, SEng, NU
Co-Supervisor(s): Arailym Nurpeissova, NLA, NU
External Co-Supervisor(s): Sung-Soo Kim (Chumgnam National University, South Korea)

Maksym Myronov (The University of Warwick, UK)

Email: aliya.mukanova@nu.edu.kz

 

 

Name Zhandos Tauanov
Background: -Loughborough University (United Kingdom)

MSc in Advanced Process Engineering

- Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Kazakhstan)

BSc in Chemical Technology of Organic Substances

Thesis topic: "Removal of Mercury and Iodide from Water using Coal Fly Ash derived Synthetic Zeolites and Nanocomposites"
Lead Supervisor: Vasileios Inglezakis, SEng, NU
Co-Supervisor(s): Dhawal Shah, SEng, NU
External Co-Supervisor(s): Grigorios Itskos (Purdue University, USA)
Email: zhtauanov@nu.edu.kz

 

 

Name Marzhan Sypabekova
Background: -Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, Paris, France

MSc in Bionanophotonics for telecommunications and biology

-University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

BSc Honors in Biotechnology

Thesis topic: “Impedance based biosensor for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis secreted protein MPT64”
Lead Supervisor: Damira Kanayeva, SST, NU
Co-Supervisor(s): Daniele Tosi, SEng, NU
External Co-Supervisor(s): Claude Nogues (Ecole Normale Superieur de Cachan, France)
Links: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marzhan_Sypabekova , https://www.linkedin.com/in/marzhan-sypabekova-567a4b130/

 

 

Name Vadim Yapiyev
Background: - Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy

- Eurasian University, Astana Kazakhstan  B.Sc. in Chemistry and Environmental Science

Thesis topic: “Evaporation and water balance of small endorheic lakes in semi-arid Northern Kazakhstan”
Lead Supervisor: Jay Sagin, SEng, NU
Co-Supervisor(s): Christian Schonbach, SST, NU

Inglezakis Vassilis, SEng, NU

External Co-Supervisor(s): Anne Verhoef (University of Reading, UK)
Email: vyapiyev@nu.edu.kz