The PhD programme in Economics is aimed to develop rigorous theoretical knowledge and practical research skills to shape future professional researchers with a focus on empirical research in Economics for both academic and research career.

Learning outcomes
The graduates of this programme will:

  • demonstrate the ability to apply a wide range of research and project management skills to conduct independent research in Economics and related fields;
  • be committed to high standards of research ethics and academic integrity;
  • be able to generate new scientific knowledge and contribute to the relevant field;
  • be able to apply core principles of science and various epistemological approaches, analyse concepts in terms of philosophical and theoretical underpinnings;
  • be able to conceptualise and critically evaluate the main theories in Economics, their evolution and paradigm shifts in economic theory and policy;
  • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the analytical apparatus used in economic analysis and be able to employ it at an advanced level;
  • be able to evaluate and analyse the key concepts of Economics and their Micro- and Macro- applications;
  • be able to apply advanced econometric methods of analysis and demonstrate proficiency in processing and modelling data, performing estimations and interpreting results;
  • be familiar with various qualitative research methods and be able to apply those of them relevant to Economics;
  • understand the process of writing papers and publishing in academia;
  • demonstrate proficient command of English, both writing and speaking, and presentational skills.

Program Structure

Core Courses – I 28 ECTS
– Required 20 ECTS
– Teaching internship 3 ECTS
– Electives 5 ECTS
Core Courses – II 25 ECTS
– Required 15 ECTS
– Research practice 5 ECTS
– Electives 5 ECTS
Research work 115 ECTS
Thesis defence 12 ECTS
Total 180 ECTS

1. Kemelbayeva Saule
• Newcastle University, UK, PhD in Economics, Bolashak International
• Thesis: Access and Returns to Education in Kazakhstan
• Research interests: Applied Microeconometrics, Causal Inference, Economics of Education, Labour Economics.
2. Qoraboyev Iqbolzhon
• University of Toulouse, France, PhD in Public International Law
• Research interests: comparative regionalism, international law, and international organizations and with a particular focus on Central Asia, post-Soviet space, and Turkey.
3. Tanekenov Aslan
• Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, Ph.D. in Urban Studies
• Thesis: Empowerment through employment: the evaluation of British social enterprises projects and lessons for Kazakhstan
• Research interests: International civil society organizations, Social enterprise, Empowerment of socially vulnerable people, Cross-sector partnerships

4. Akizhanov Kuat
• University of Bath, UK, Ph.D. in Social and Policy Sciences
• Thesis: The impact of financialisation on income inequality in the context of neoliberalism. Country cases study: USA, South Korea, Argentina, Sweden
5. Taimagambet Daulet
• Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Australia, PhD (2014 – Present)
• Research Interests: International Economics, Econometrics, Research Methods
6. Kalkamanova Assem
• PhD candidate, Law and Political Science, University of Szeged, Hungary, 2018 – Present
• Research interests: Social movements and contentious politics in nondemocratic regimes
7. Seilkhanov Gaziz
• MSc in Economics, Boston University, USA
• Research paper: The Fed’s Reaction Function and the Test for Structural Changes in the Monetary Policy
• Current position: Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Economic Research Institute
8. Tastambekov Kairat
• University of Toulouse, France, PhD in Applied Mathematics and Statistics
• Thesis: Forecasting multivariate functional data
• Current position: General Manager of the Department of the Treasury, JSC “Development Bank of Kazakhstan”

Entry requirements

  • Research Proposal
  • English Language: IELTS (not less that 6.0)

List of documents required for admission to PhD programs:
1. an application (in an arbitrary form);
2. a copy of identity document;
3. a document on education (original, when submitting documents to the admissions office);
4. an international certificate confirming the knowledge of a foreign language in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Standards);
5. medical certificate of form 086-U approved by Order No. 907;
6. six photographs measuring 3×4 centimeters;
7. personal sheet of personnel records or other document confirming the labor activity certified by the personnel service at the place of work;
8. the list of scientific and methodological works (if any);

Copies of the documents referred to in this paragraph shall be accompanied by their originals for verification in the presence of the applicant. After the verification, the original documents are returned.