B.Sc. in Mining Engineering


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Program Description

School of Mining and Geosciences

Nazarbayev University’ School of Mining and Geosciences (NU SMG) aims to train future leaders and experts in the earth sciences. NU SMG is determined to further scientific knowledge and be a pacemaker of technological advancements through research and teaching. Our mission is to be renowned as a leading school of earth science and research all over the world.

NU SMG mines natural resources in a safe and sustainable manner and satisfies international safety standards for resource exploitation, ensuring the well-being of the domestic and international environment. 

The school currently offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the following fields:

  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering 
  • Geoscience

The School of Mining and Geosciences maintains strategic partnerships with local and international companies and universities, such as the Colorado School of Mines, a United States’ research university.


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About the program

The mineral industry of Kazakhstan is one of the most competitive and growing sectors of the country with a wide range of metallic ores, industrial minerals, and fossil fuels. The country is a large producer of natural resources such as coal, uranium, chromite, copper, gold, and zinc. The economy of Kazakhstan is heavily dependent on the production of natural resources.

Mining engineers are responsible for planning, designing and operating mines by employing science and technology. They are involved in every stage of the mining cycle from exploring new deposits and deciding if they are economically viable through designing and constructing mines, managing the extraction of the mineral resources, ensuring the safety of the environment and operations to mine closure. 

General information

  • Campus: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • Language: English
  • Delivery mode: Full time, on-campus
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Total ECTS credits: 240

Program curriculum

The program consists of basic courses such as mathematics, engineering foundations, and introduction to mining, geology which will be delivered within the first two years. The final two years cover the primarily mining courses which will be supported by practical lab components, field trips as well as computer-aided software design packages to equip the students for the industry needs.


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Entrance requirements

  • IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score) or TOEFL iBT – 79-93 or TOEFL PBT* – 574-599; 
  •  SAT Subject Test – Math and Physics with at least 600 in each subject; 
  • SAT Reasoning Test with Essay 1240. An essay is required, no minimum score 
  • ACT – composite score not less than 27. Writing part is required, no minimum score 

*Not less than 30 for the total score and 4, 4, 5 for 3 subjects of High Level (IB Diploma)

Work after graduation

Possible career destinations:

  • Mining and tunneling: mine planning, drill, and blast, ventilation.
  • Government: mines inspectorate, leasing, geological surveys, environmental monitoring, NASA, ESA.
  • Consultant: project coordination, financial analysis, equipment optimization, explosives applications, etc.
  • Finance and banking: investment banking, resource/ mining analyst.
  • Business development: project management, an environmental consultant.
  • Academic: university teaching, research and consulting.

Strategic partner

Colorado School of Mines

Other strategic partners of Nazarbayev University

  • Duke University, Fuqua School of Business (USA)
  • The National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore) 
  • The University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • The University of Cambridge (UK)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
  • The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (USA)
  • The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)
  • The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (USA)


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Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Located in Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, Nazarbayev University is a research university with growing international renown combining education and innovation on a state of the art 21st- ... Read More

Located in Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, Nazarbayev University is a research university with growing international renown combining education and innovation on a state of the art 21st-century campus. NU scholars conduct research in a variety of fields and bring the most ambitious projects to life. Research is supported by internal and external funds each year and carried out in modern laboratories. English as the language of instruction and research at Nazarbayev University, admission and progression systems are entirely merit-based. Read less