About the program
The Ph.D. in Eurasian Studies consists of a minimum of four years of full-time study, culminating in the completion of a doctoral dissertation. Most candidates complete three to four semesters’ worth of coursework. The main component of the degree is the doctoral thesis, which is co-supervised by an advisor from NU and an external advisor. After passing qualifying exams, each student writes a dissertation based on their own original research, applying the methods, theories, and accumulated scholarly wisdom of the core curriculum and their chosen subject areas.
The Ph.D. program in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University is the first interdisciplinary, English-medium doctoral program in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Central Asia. It is designed according to the highest international standards and taught by highly-qualified faculty, but at the same time is adapted to the educational, social, and intellectual environment of Kazakhstan and the wider region.
Campus: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Delivery mode: Full time, on-campus
Duration: 4 years
School of Sciences and Humanities
The academic staff at Nazarbayev University’s School of Sciences and Humanities comprises scholars with doctoral degrees from leading universities around the world. We also have researchers involved in various studies, and our scientists in the natural sciences conduct research in about 90 laboratories. Some of our faculty members even specialize in Eurasian studies. Admitted students of NUSSH can rest assured of tapping from our faculty’s wealth of knowledge and experience, both inside and outside the classroom.
We keep our classes small so students can readily receive one-on-one attention from their instructors. Moreover, instructors can tailor classes to the need of each student for the best learning experience owing to our student-centered learning. Our professors can work with the weaknesses of every student and improve their strengths. Laboratory experience and research involvement are not spared from this approach: our students get practical laboratory experience and collaborate with their colleagues or their professors in research.
Students are also provided with academic support. For instance, students have access to writing instructors and coaches that will help them become assertive writers through our Writing Center. Also, thanks to our long-existing Peer Advising Center, we provide our students with a team of peer advisors, most of whom are trained students, who assist other students with various academic decisions, such as course selections, general orientation for new students, or if a student needs help using university resources.
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The University of Pennsylvania (USA)
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Colorado School of Mines (USA)
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