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Master of Science (MSc) in Chemical Engineering by research

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering USM offers a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Chemical Engineering program at the postgraduate level. Enrolled students must conduct independent research and complete a thesis or project on a specific field of study. They are expected to gain advanced knowledge related to the chosen field of study at fundamental and applied levels. Graduates of an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering program may pursue a variety of careers in research, development, design, production, quality control, and management. They may also go on to pursue further education, such as a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related field.

M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering @USM

Students enrolled in M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at USM will be closely guided by a main supervisor and assisted by co-supervisors who are experts in their selected fields. There are various research field areas offered such as membrane separation process, advanced process control, nanoparticles, adsorption, carbon materials, bioconversion, enzyme technology, biofuel and etc. This M.Sc. program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. In general, the studies will involve a literature review, proposal presentation, planning and conducting of experimental works, modeling and simulation works, preparation and submission of research articles, and final thesis submission for oral examination.

Details About the Master of Science (Chemical Engineering)


The School has state-of-the-art facilities to support research works in the following areas:

  • Nanotechnology: Carbon Nanotube, Nanocarbon Composite, Activated Carbon, Carbon Molecular Sieve, Magnetic Nanoparticle
  • Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering: Chemical Reaction Engineering, Zeolite and Environmental Catalysis, Nanoporous Materials, Membrane Reactors, Fuel Technology, Renewable Energy, Electrochemical Reaction etc.
  • Biochemical/Bioprocessing: Enzyme Technology (Biocatalyst), Fermentation Technology and Modeling, algae, Tissue Culture, Biotransformation, Biological Products Recovery, Bioreactor Design and Analysis and Biofuel Production, Phytochemistry, Biosensor, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine
  • Separation Processes: Membrane Technology, Adsorption, Filtration, Ion-exchange, Diffusion and Mass Transfer, Solvent Extraction (including molten salts and supercritical fluids), Electrophoresis, Electrodialysis, Reactive Distillation, Pervaporation, Zeolite Membrane for Gas Separation, Electrocoagulation
  • Treatment of Solid, Gas, Wastewater and Toxic Materials: Membrane Technology, Solidification/stabilization, Biosorption, Adsorption, Combustion, Pyrolysis, Nutrient Removal and Recovery, Bioremediation, NOx Removal from diesel exhaust, VOC Removal using Catalytic Combustion and SOx removal from Flue Gas using adsorbent from waste materials
  • Advanced Process Control: Process Modelling, Simulation and Optimization, Process Intensification, Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks
  • Plant Safety and Hazard Analysis: Process Safety and Integration, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Gas sensor
  • Petroleum and Gas Processing: Natural gas utilization in the production of chemicals, Ethylene production from Methane, Hydro-cracking of residual oil, Gas to Liquid Technology (GTL), Gas Purification
  • Waste Material Utilization to Value Added Products: Composting, Renewable Energy, Green Technology and Organic Acid Production

Applicants should possess the following:

  • A minimum of 2.75/4.00 for Bachelor degree; or
  • CGPA below 2.75/4.00 for Bachelor degree with additional requirements; or
  • APEL A - Level 7

(Applicable for International Applicants Only)

  • A minimum score of 35 in Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); or
  • A minimum of Band 5 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); or
  • A minimum score of 154 in Cambridge English Advance (CAE); or
  • A minimum score of 154 in Cambridge Proficiency Advance (CPE); or
  • A minimum score of 36 in Pearson Test of English (PTE); or
  • A minimum of Band 2 in MUET (Malaysian University English Test)

An exemption can be given if:

  • English is the candidate's mother tongue or National Language; or
  • The candidate graduated from an Institution of Higher Learning in which the medium of instruction is English
  • Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 6 semesters
  • Part-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 12 semesters

Fees for a Malaysian student;

Malaysia (MYR)
Full Time Part Time
  • Registration Fee : 340.00
  • Tuition Fee (Semester) : 3,700.00
  • Thesis Evaluation Fee : 750.00
  • Convocation Fee : 200.00
  • Registration Fee : 340.00
  • Tuition Fee (Semester) : 3,085.00
  • Thesis Evaluation Fee : 750.00
  • Convocation Fee : 200.00

Fees for an international student;

International (USD)
Full Time Part Time
  • Registration Fee : 227.50
  • Personal Bond : 1000.00
  • Tuition Fee (Semester) : 1,388.00
  • Thesis Evaluation Fee : 250.00
  • Convocation Fee : 50.00
  • Registration Fee : 227.50
  • Personal Bond : 1000.00
  • Tuition Fee (Semester) : 1,238.00
  • Thesis Evaluation Fee : 250.00
  • Convocation Fee : 50.00

For further information on the postgraduate studies at School of Chemical Engineering, please contact;

Deputy Dean (Research),
School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
Engineering Campus, Seri Ampangan, 14300 Nibong Tebal,
Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA
Tel : +604-599 6409/6459
Fax : +604-599 6908
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