MSc in Geosciences
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Overview
Geologists are scientists who study the earth processes, explore the earth for metals, oil, gas and water, and develop methods to extract earth’s resources. Geologists work on the extraction of minerals, environmental protection, and the rehabilitation of land after mining engineering projects.

Master of Science in Geosciences is a two-year full-time MSc degree program that is to educate, train, and produce highly skilled geoscientists equipped with knowledge and skillsets comparable to what those graduates obtain in world-leading institutions. Besides, the program will provide candidates with opportunities for advanced level research in various topics of Geosciences.
General information
  • Campus: Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Language: English
  • Delivery mode: Full time, on-campus
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Total ECTS credit: 120
Program Aims
The main purpose of the program is to educate, train, and produce highly skilled geoscientists equipped with knowledge and skillsets comparable to what those graduates obtain in world-leading institutions. Besides, the program will provide candidates with opportunities for advanced level research in various topics of Geosciences. This program aims to produce geoscientists who may work as exploration and mine geologists, geochemists; petroleum geologists; hydrogeologists, geomorphologists, mappers, etc. Kazakhstan, although it is one of the richest mineral resource-hosting countries, appears to be behind in employing new geoscience technologies in mining and exploration. Hence, the country is in need of highly skilled and qualified manpower, the gap that this program aims to fill. Additionally, graduates will be equipped with knowledge relevant to policy-making, as well as the ability to compete for internationally competent Ph.D. positions.
Curriculum
Electives

  • Advanced GIS
  • Advanced Hydrogeology
  • Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • Geology of Central Asia and Metallogenesis
  • Applied Geostatistics
  • Advanced Formation Evaluation
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will be able to:
  • Analyze and integrate contemporary technologies in mineral, petroleum, and emerging energy resources exploration and development
  • Collect and interpret field and laboratory geological data following HSE regulations
  • Design and test research hypotheses in a geological context using scientific methodology
  • Deliver effective written and oral research communications to a wide range of audiences
  • Apply ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Develop leadership capability and capacity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and a wide range of settings
  • Interface with modern geological tools and resources
  • Formulate solutions to complex field and theoretical problems in geology
Handbook
Core modules
Career opportunities
  • Academica
  • Oil, gas and petroleum sector
  • Local and international companies that are engaged in the exploration and production of oil and gas or mining of minerals and metals such as for example, natural building stones, coal, copper, palladium and, uranium, as well as companies exploiting geothermal heat production.
  • Companies and agencies active in civil and environmental engineering including geohazard mitigation, earthquake monitoring, landslides, and decarbonization projects.
  • State geological survey agencies and other government institutions concerned with the above geoscientific issues.
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Museums, agencies, organizing geoscience tourism
How to apply
Entry requirements
Application package checklist
Deadlines for online application
Important dates for those who are applying for the 2024-2025 academic year
Online application deadlines for Masters programs:
  • for International applicants: -
  • for the citizens of Kazakhstan: April 22, 2024 – May 15, 2024 (13:00 Astana time)
Deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL, GRE/GMAT certificates:
  • for International applicants: -
  • for the citizens of Kazakhstan: May 20, 2024
The start of orientation week (for newly enrolled students): August, 2024
First day of classes: August, 2024
Call or email us:
Admissions Manager (MSc PhD programs):
+7 (7172) 694695
dtukayeva@nu.edu.kz
6 block, 53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave
Astana city, Republic of Kazakhstan