8D05101 – Biology

Educational program

8D05101 – Biology

Field of education

8D05 Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics

Direction of personnel training

8D051 Biological and related sciences

Group of educational programs

D080 Biology

EP purpose

High-quality training of an interdisciplinary specialist of the highest qualification in the field of biology, capable of interpreting the basic principles of modern natural science and biology; possess modern methodology of scientific research and the skills of working on modern scientific research equipment, as well as systematize and interpret scientific theories and concepts of the latest trends in biology in order to further apply this knowledge in the implementation of dissertation research; carry out independent scientific research based on correct descriptions of the object and subject of research, the choice of methodology with a projection on the development of promising innovative areas of biology; assess and determine the significance of one or another product of one's own and another scientific activity, present and defend one's own scientific opinion in scientific discussions using the working language of the conference; to participate in the development of modern theoretical and experimental research methods in order to create new promising tools, in the organization of work on the practical use and implementation of the results.

Language of education

Kazakh, Russian, English

Volume of the credits


The awarded academic degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the educational program "8D05101-Biology"

Educational outcome

A graduate after studying this program will be able to:


ON1. Demonstrate fundamental, systemic knowledge in the field of biology and methods of teaching general biological disciplines in educational institutions (theoretical and methodological principles of biology, conceptual and terminological apparatus of biological sciences, current biological trends in neurobiology, biomedicine, biotechnology, modern trends and approaches);

ON2. To improve the level of teaching biological disciplines through the wide use of modern methods of processing and interpreting scientific data using digital computer technologies. Synthesize and transform biological knowledge in the process of solving educational and educational problems; to develop teaching materials for conducting classes and extracurricular work in biological disciplines in universities;

ON3. Conduct a critical analysis, assessment and synthesis of new ideas, problems, approaches and trends in the field of biology; critically evaluate the results of scientific research, modern theories, problems and approaches, new trends in the study of the functions of living organisms. Generate independent original approaches, new ideas, hypotheses and ways to solve them in the field of modern biology in the process of participating in international grants;

ON4. Interpret the basic principles of modern biology, apply them in practice, systematize and interpret scientific theories and concepts of the latest trends in modern biology in order to further apply this knowledge when choosing initial theoretical positions; implementation of the obtained results of innovative achievements into production (prepatents, patents, copyright certificates and acts of implementation);

ON5.    Apply theoretical and methodological provisions of new directions in science when analyzing the functional state of a biological object of research, conduct independent research with a projection on promising new directions in biology; reasonably and reasonably present scientific results for discussion in scientific discussions and publications in rating journals of international databases;

ON6. Implement scientific and scientific-technical programs and projects in the fields of food, chemical, medical industry, agriculture, biotechnology (updating the range of food products through the use of nano-developments, improving chemical products, biotechnological processes);

ON7. Introduce technological advances in the fields of biology and biotechnology into production with the aim of creating new promising biological agents for protecting plants and animals, medicines, nanomaterials;

ON8. Act as an expert in the field of standardization and optimization of scientific and industrial products (pharmacopoeia, educational standards, scientific projects, etc.);

ON9. Demonstrate the ability and willingness to participate in the development of modern theoretical and experimental methods of biological research, as well as the willingness and skills in organizing work on the practical use and implementation of the results of their own research;

ON10. Bring digital and computer information into the system in order to create a safe databank (environmental monitoring; collections of microorganisms; digitized herbarium; gene pool of plants, animals, microorganisms, humans);

ON11. To promote the integration of new developments in biology into various branches of industrial production, the complex application of biochemical, microbiological, anthropophysiological, cybernetic knowledge to create technological production lines and obtain various types of products and applications in the medical, agro-technological and biotechnological applied direction.

ON12. To realize creative individuality in self-realization and the formation of a professional career of an individual in modern society, professional socialization of an individual, in the manifestation of competitiveness throughout his professional career; to work in a team, adhering to the principles of bioethics, to be clearly focused on achieving harmony between the human bio- and noosphere.

For applicants


Academic activity

The educational program "8D05101-Biology" is a postgraduate educational program with a scientific and pedagogical training direction. Educational services are carried out on the basis of the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology of Al-Farabi KazNU with the participation of the departments: biodiversity and biological resources, biophysics, biomedicine and neuroscience, genetics and molecular biology, biotechnology. The training is carried out for three years. During the first semester, doctoral students master educational disciplines with the direction of training in cell culture, modern problems of population ecology, biology of stress, molecular biology and genetics, biophysical regulation of body functions and modern problems of human and animal physiology. Further, the direction of training doctoral students is carried out in the implementation of research work in the following areas: genetic variability, molecular biology, cell culture, topical issues of toxicology, embryology, cytology, histology, biotechnology, biodiversity of resources, problems of biophysics, biomedicine and neuroscience, biology of stress, etc. In the process of implementing research practice and research work, the doctoral student conducts research on the basis of research laboratories of the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, research institutes CS MES RK, medical centers Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan and abroad in research laboratories of leading foreign universities, according to the agreement and the signed memorandum. The research work of doctoral students includes scientific internships, participation in research conferences, writing and publishing scientific articles in journals recommended by CCSES and foreign top-rated journals included in the Web of Science (Clarivate Analitics), Scopus databases. After the successful completion of research work, the doctoral student implements his doctoral dissertation in text format and goes to defense.

Teaching in the educational program is occupied by a strong teaching staff, represented by 3 academicians of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 3 corresponding members of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 12 professors, 8 associate professors and 8 PhD doctors. The degree of degree is 100%.

Training is conducted in Kazakh, Russian and English. The educational process in doctoral studies according to the educational program provides each student with the most favorable conditions for mastering all stages of education, acquiring cognitive, functional and systemic competencies and obtaining an academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) under the educational program "8D05101-Biology" in full compliance with the requirements of the Law " On Education ”, state compulsory education standards and other normative documents. The faculty is provided with a material and technical laboratory base, an information base, a library of KazNU named after al-Farabi, the House of Young Scientists, the Palace of Students, a sports complex, the Keremet medical center and the Keremet student service center.

The educational program "8D05101-Biology" provides in-depth specialized professional training that allows graduates to subsequently successfully engage in scientific, pedagogical, managerial and expert activities.

As part of the educational program, joint PhD programs are being implemented with the universities of Lorraine (France), La Sapienza (Italy), Peoples' Friendship University of Russia and Research Institute of Protein (Russia), Kaunas University (Lithuania), Osaka University (Japan), Hankuk University (Korea), Valencia Polytechnic University of Spain and other universities.

Scientific activity

The scientific component of the educational program of postgraduate education is formed from research work, the preparation of scientific, methodological publications and the implementation of a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The research work of doctoral students is a continuation and deepening of the educational process and is organized directly at the departments of biodiversity and bioresources, biophysics, biomedicine and neuroscience, genetics and molecular biology, biotechnology, in the laboratories of Ecology of microorganisms (led by professor Mukasheva T.D.), Ecological and genetic monitoring of biogeocenoses (supervised by professor Bigaliev A.B.), Animal ecology (supervised by professor Nurtazin S.T.), Ecotoxicology (supervised by professor Shalakhmetova T.M.), Plant ecology (supervised by professor Mukhitdinov N .M.), Environmental biochemistry (led by professor Karpenyuk T.A.), Environmental biotechnology (led by professor Boguspaev K.K.), Biological purification of the environment (led by professor Zayadan B.K.), Mutagenesis ( head professor Kolumbaeva S.Zh.), Ecological and genetic monitoring (head PhD Lovinskaya A.V.), Plant morphology (head PhD Inelova Z.), Problems of biophysics (head professor Tuleukhanov S.T. .), Animal morphology (led by Professor Kurmanba Eva M.S.), Neurosensorics and Applied Neurobiology (supervised by professor A.M. Kustubaeva), Chronobiology (supervised by professor Gumarova L.Zh.), etc. Doctoral students participate in the implementation of research projects of the SC MES RK in the framework of Direction 1. "Rational use of natural resources, including water resources, geology, processing, new materials and technologies, safe products and structures." 1.6 "Monitoring of environmental objects and" green "technologies"; within the framework of Direction 2. "Energy and mechanical engineering". 2.2. "Alternative energy and technologies: renewable energy sources, nuclear and hydrogen energy, other energy sources"; in the framework of Direction 4. "Life and health sciences". 4.1 "Basic and applied research in the field of biology", 4.3. “Formation of a preventive environment as the basis of public health. Ecology and Health "; in the framework of Direction 6. "Sustainable development of the agro-industrial complex and the safety of agricultural products." 6.3. "Sustainable development of the agro-industrial complex and safety of agricultural products", 6.7. "Sustainable Development of Rural Areas". The faculty has two research institutes: Research Institute for Biology Problems and Biotechnology and Scientific Research Institute of Ecology Problems.

The results of scientific research are published by doctoral students in the journals of al-Farabi KazNU: Bulletin (ecological series), Bulletin (Biological series (Experimental Biology)) (included in the list of journals recommended by CCSES), International Journal Biology and Chemistry (included in the Web of Science database (Clarivate Analitics)). Doctoral students conduct approbation of scientific works at International research conferences, and publish articles in journals recommended by the CCSES MES RK and in foreign top-rated journals included in the Web of Science (Clarivate Analitics) and Scopus databases.

International activity

To implement one of the key principles of the Bologna process - the principle of promoting academic mobility - Al-Farabi KazNU encourages training or research during a certain academic period in a foreign institution of higher education and science with the obligatory transfer of credits for educational and / or research work.

According to EP 8D05101-Biology, academic mobility is carried out in the form of scientific internships. Scientific (research) internship - activities for the collection, analysis of information and materials of a scientific-theoretical and scientific-practical nature for writing a dissertation, a monograph in a specialty and / or preparing a textbook, study guide, etc. on the basis of the library fund and other resources of other universities and countries.

            According to the Academic mobility of students, Al-Farabi KazNU carries out, within the framework of interuniversity contracts / agreements, joint projects, scientific internships for doctoral students at the following universities: Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology at Universität Greifswald (Germany), Texas State University (San Marcos, USA), Middlesex University (Great Britain), University College London (Great Britain), Rakuno Gakuen University (Japan), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan); School of Engineering (Japan), University of Tokyo (Japan); Cairo University (Arab Republic of Egypt); Xinjiang University (China); Shanghai University (China); Lanzhou University (China); Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia); Vavilov Institute of General Genetics (Russia); St. Petersburg State University (Russia); Institute of Developmental Biology (Russia); Peoples' Friendship University of Russia named after P. Lumumba (Russia); Institute of Cell Biophysics, Pushchino (Russia); Tomsk State National University (Russia), Pasteur Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology (Russia), etc.

Quality assurance (Accreditation, rating, work with employers)


The educational program "8D05101-Biology" is accredited by the Kazakhstan Association for Engineering Education KazSEE for the period 06/23/2020 - 06/22/2025. The EP is accredited by the European accreditation agency for educational programs ASIIN (Akkreditierungsagentur für Studiengänge der Ingenieurwissenschaften, der Informatik, der Naturwissenschaften und der Mathematik e. V.) for a period from November 11, 2014 to December 31, 2019.

In 2019, Al-Farabi KazNU once again successfully passed institutional accreditation in the agency "ARQA" (Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education). Institutional accreditation is valid from May 30, 2019 to May 29, 2024 Registration number HE-IA-00006 ..

According to the results of the general rating of universities according to the version of the Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (IAAR), the Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (IQAA), the educational program "8D05101-Biology" ranks first among the universities of our country. According to the rating results, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan annually increases the number of grants.

Successful completion of the accreditation procedure and recognition of compliance with world educational standards: multidisciplinarity, student-centeredness, innovation, focus on the formation of systems thinking and social communication increases the institutional rating of the university.


Al-Farabi KazNU is a recognized leader among the universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan in training highly qualified scientific personnel - doctors of philosophy (PhD). The university was one of the first universities in Central Asia to join the Great Charter of Universities and completely switched to a modern three-stage training system "bachelor's-master's-doctoral PhD".

KazNU named after Al-Farabi is the owner of the independent award "Leader of Science - Web of Science Awards" in the nomination "Leader in the number of publications in the Web of Science Core Collection over the past five years among universities and scientific organizations of the Republic of Kazakhstan." The University also won an independent Scopus Award in the High Performance Award nomination. 7 university professors were awarded in different nominations for high publication activity and citation rates according to the data of the information resource Scopus (Elsevier), among them the dean of the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology and Professor B.K. Zayadan.

 Working with an employer.

In the development of research areas and in the implementation of research projects, the EP participates in the creation of a research, educational and innovation cluster. The following research projects are being implemented at the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology:

The Career Department of Al-Farabi KazNU monitors the employment of EP graduates. In 2015, out of 5 graduates were employed 5. In 2016, out of 5 graduates were employed 5. In 2019, out of 2 graduates were employed 2. In 2020, out of 8 graduates were employed 8. Al-Farabi KazNU became the first university in Central Asia, which took Ranked 251 out of 500 universities in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. The rating was compiled on the basis of assessment criteria such as reputation among employers, professional achievements of graduates, partnerships with employers, organization of interaction between employers and students, and employment after graduation. Comprehensive structural modernization contributed to the successful promotion of the university in the international ranking. On the recommendation of QS experts, the experience of promoting KazNU is being studied by the world's leading universities. There is active cooperation with the employers of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Institute of General Genetics and Cytology of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Institute of Biology and Biotechnology of Plants, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry named after V.I. M.A. Aytkhozhina, Republican AIDS Center, National Center for Biotechnology of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Institute of Microbiology and Virology of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, SPE "Antigen", State Institution "Balkhash-Alakol Department of Ecology" Committee for Environmental Regulation and Control of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan,, LP " W.W. Uspanov Kazakh Research Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry", SSE Institute of Botany and Phytointroduction of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, LP" TERRA ", SSE "Comprehensive Survey Department", Research and Production Center of the Land Cadastre, Nazarbayev University, S. Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University, Kazakh-British Technical University, research and medical centers.