Master of Molecular Medicine
The Master of Molecular Medicine (MMM) at Nazarbayev University School of Medicine is a two-year full-time program designed to give students knowledge and skills at the forefront of molecular medicine as well as a solid foundation for a career in biomedical research. Taught courses cover, but are not limited to, the molecular basis of infection, immunology & inflammation, cancer, neurological disorders, genetic disease, therapeutics, research bioethics, biocomputing, biostatistics, and entrepreneurship. ‘State of the art’ research facilities will enable students to engage in cutting-edge research on important biomedical issues relevant to human health and disease.

General information

Campus: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, NUSOM building

Language: English

Delivery mode: Full-time, on-campus

Duration: 2 years

Total ECTS credit: 120

The aims of the MMM program are:

  • To transfer competence and knowledge in the rapidly advancing field of molecular medicine;
  • To find innovative ways of preventing, treating, and diagnosing diseases;
  • To provide students with specialised research skills that enable them to translate laboratory discoveries into medical treatments;
  • To attain marketable skills in biomedicine;
  • To form a brand new generation of professionals capable of contributing to the technological innovation and growth of Kazakhstan.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

1) Demonstrate, in both oral and written form, specialized knowledge of core subjects in the Molecular Medicine program.

2) Apply intellectual critical thinking and problem solving and analytical skills to research in molecular medicine.

3) Perform technical scientific experiments with precision and accuracy.

4) Exhibit written and oral communication skills that enable the clear dissemination of complex scientific information.

5) Carry out research and scientific responsibilities in accordance with ethical and professional standards.

6) Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to translate laboratory findings into medical treatments.

Career and Educational Opportunities After Graduation:

Students who complete this program will be eligible to undertake a Ph.D. either in Kazakhstan or abroad or work in industry, diagnostic services or pursue a career in academic medicine. The program will also be suitable for clinicians interested in a clinical academic career.

How to apply

STEP 1. Create your personal account

Register on portal to create a Personal Account. Read the instructions about the application procedure given in your Personal account.

STEP 2. Complete your Application Form and attach the required documents

Fill out the application form and attach the required documents:

  1. Scanned copy of a National ID card or passport;
  2. Scanned copy of secondary school or higher education institution certificate (attestat/diploma) with final academic performance or certificate from the school (spravka) according to the sample in the personal account;
  3. Motivation letter in English;
  4. Valid copies of certificates. The results of standardized tests must be sent directly to the University through test administrators.

STEP 3. Pay an application fee

The application fee is paid online via your personal account with a bank card.

The amount to pay is 5 000 tenge. All application fees are non-refundable.

Step 4. Finish the registration process

Finish the registration process by pressing the “Submit application” button. After submission applicants can’t change their applications.

Step 5. Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates

Upload IELTS/TOEFL certificates in your personal account in the section "Upload IELTS/TOEFL" and fill up the required information about the certificate.

Further steps

Check your e-mail for notifications from the NU Admissions Department and your personal account to learn about your application status.

If you experience any difficulties with the registration or online application, please contact Refer to your IIN and/or Applicant ID while sending us your requests.

Entry requirements

Candidates applying to the Master of Molecular Medicine program are expected to have:

  • an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and a/or graduate degree (if applicable) in a relevant discipline. During the application period, final-year students may submit official current transcripts for consideration. Applicants recommended for admission must provide final transcripts and diplomas before the end of the Programs’ enrollment term. Graduates of the University are enrolled based on the evidence of the final transcript confirming the degree completion followed by diploma submission within a month;
  • Candidates may be enrolled conditionally based on evidence from graduating university that the candidates have completed the educational program and the candidate expects formal issuance of final transcript and/or diploma by a certain date. In that case, the decision on enrollment shall prescribe the period of time within which the candidate shall provide the necessary documents to the University;
  • a minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00 or equivalent on the applicant’s degree (bachelor's, master or Ph.D. (if masters and Ph.D. have adopted a GPA approach);
  • the required level of English language proficiency;
  • strong reading, analytical and mathematical skills as demonstrated by GRE or GMAT test (optional). Although an official GRE/GMAT score is not an essential requirement, an applicant can enhance his/her application with a competitive GRE/GMAT score;
  • high level of motivation and a strong interest in the Program outlined in the statement of purpose;
  • 2 (two) confidential letters of recommendation;
  • For Master of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Master in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation programs only: Evidence of any professional and/or voluntary experiences related to biological and/or medical research (optional). Although this is not an essential requirement, an applicant can enhance his/her application with such evidence.

The required level of English proficiency:

1. The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the Program is an overall IELTS test score of 6.5 or higher (with no sub-score less than 6.0 in each section) or the equivalent TOEFL score (except Home edition) as posted on the ETS website;

2. The absolute minimum requirement for an English language proficiency test report for admission to Nazarbayev University Zero Year of Master’s Programs is an overall IELTS test score of 5.5, with no more than one sub-score of 5.0, or the equivalent TOEFL scores (except Home edition) as posted in on the ETS website.

3. Applicants to the Program, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:

  • one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction, and daily life;
  • an undergraduate or graduate degree was earned in a program that was officially taught in English;
  • the applicant is a graduate of Nazarbayev University.

List of documents to be submitted by the applicants

  • Complete application form;
  • National ID or passport;
  • Official document confirming name changes (if applicable);
  • Degree diplomas with transcripts;
  • An official electronic IELTS/TOEFL certificate (except Home edition) (valid at the time of document submission) sent to the University through IELTS/TOEFL VERIFICATION SERVICES. Code for IELTS: Nazarbayev University. Code for TOEFL: 6762
  • Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL);
  • GRE/GMAT test certificates valid as of the date of online documents submission (optional);
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation written within the last 12 month (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy);
  • Statement of purpose of 500 words or less;
  • 075у medical certificate (for Kazakhstani candidates) or a similar medical certificate with indication of general health (for international candidates);
  • A document stating the presence or absence of a criminal record;
  • Consent of the candidate/student to the processing of personal data;
  • For Master of Pharmacology and Toxicology program only: Evidence of any professional and/or voluntary experiences related to biological and/or medical research shown in a CV, recommendation letter or in any other document (optional).
  • The Admissions Committee and/or Admissions Department may request additional documents when necessary.

Important dates

Important dates for those who are applying for the 2023-2024 academic year:

Application periods for Masters programs:

  • for International applicants: November 30, 2022 – February 28, 2023
  • for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan: November 30, 2022 – April 18, 2023

The final deadline for submission of IELTS/TOEFL, GRE/GMAT certificates:

  • for International applicants: March 15, 2023
  • for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan: May 3, 2023

The start of orientation week (for newly enrolled students): August, 2023

First day of classes: August, 2023

Status assigned to the candidate

All registered candidates can check the status of their application in the Personal account. Description of the status below is presented in the order of assignment to the candidate in the Personal account.

Application in processing. This is interim status, which means that the application is being processed. Admissions Committee will evaluate the application and inform the candidate on further steps/stages. Notification on final results will be sent to your email address.

Does not meet entry requirements. The status is assigned to the candidates who do not meet the minimum entry requirements. It is given after checking the application forms and the documents by the Admissions Department.

Disqualified. The status is assigned to candidates who are disqualified for gross violations of the conditions of the competition. For example, provided deliberately false information.

Rejected by Admissions Committee. At one of the competition stages, the Admissions Committee decided to reject the candidate’s application.

Transfer to another program. At the stage of an application screening the Admissions Committee has decided to recommend the candidate for consideration by the Admissions Committee of another program within the same School.

Pending. Candidate’s application is pending.

Waiting list. The Admissions Committee has finished reviewing the candidate’s application and made a decision to put you on a waiting list. Such candidates should expect notification from the University, as there is a possibility that if other candidates reject to study, they may be sent an invitation letter to study.

Recommended for admission to Zero Year of Graduate programs. The Admissions Committee has decided to recommend the candidate for the Zero Year of Graduate program. “Zero Year of Graduate programs” is a two-semester full-time program for candidates, who do not meet the language requirements for direct admission to Master’s programs, with intensive language, academic and research preparation for Master’s programs.

Recommended for admission to program. Admissions Committee has decided to recommend candidate for the program without going through the Zero Year of Graduate programs.

Recommended for conditional admission. The Admissions Committee has decided to recommend a candidate for the conditional admission with a requirement to fulfill the condition by the deadline specified in the notification.

Withdrawn. Candidate decided to withdraw from the competition.

Accepted Program admission offer. The status is assigned to candidates who received offer letter, signed Enrollment confirmation form and fulfilled all the сonditions of the University indicated in the offer letter.

Accepted Zero Year of Graduate programs admission offer. The status is assigned to candidates who received offer letter to Zero Year of Graduate program, signed Enrollment confirmation form and fulfilled all the сonditions of the University indicated in the offer letter.

Refused admission offer. The candidate was recommended for admission, but refused to study.

Refused in favor of another NU program. The status is applicable for those candidates, who applied for several graduate programs at NU. The status is assigned when the candidate chooses another program.

Deferred. The status is assigned to candidates who were accepted for the program, but decided to postpone their studies until the next year.

Did not submit the documents/Refused. The status assigned to candidates who did not provide originals of the documents by the stated deadline, which means that the candidate refuses to study at University.

Did not come to Orientation week/Refused. The status is assigned to candidates who accepted the offer letter, provided hard copies of documents, but did not participate in Orientation week. The vacant place, if available, can be offered to the candidates in the Waiting list.

Enrolled to program. The status is assigned to candidates who enrolled to the main program by the Decision of the Provost. Candidate officially became a student.

Enrolled to Zero Year of Graduate programs. The status is assigned to candidates who enrolled to the Zero Year of Graduate program by the Decision of the Provost. Candidate officially became a student.


The Master of Pharmacology and Toxicology (MPToX) aims to teach students different aspects of molecular, cellular and systemic Pharmacology and Toxicology. Students will gain advanced knowledge of the effects of drugs, poisons, chemicals and environmental toxins on human health. The Program is a 2 year full time program divided into four semesters that offers a mix of coursework and research components.

Semester I:

  • Organ system and Common Diseases
  • Cellular Communication
  • Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Systemic Pharmacology I
  • Drug Discovery and Development I

Semester II:

  • Systemic Pharmacology (II)
  • Drug Addiction and Toxicology
  • Research Methods in Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery and Development II
  • Elective

Semester III:

  • Biostatistics and Critical Appraisal
  • Current Topics in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Introduction to Research Project
  • Elective

Semester IV:

  • Research Project & Thesis


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