Master of Science (MSc) in Chemical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering


School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia is among the most active and productive schools in this university when come to postgraduate research. Researchers from this school have received numerous awards and recognitions from national and international bodies. The School has several programmes that provide postgraduate research opportunities in topics across the broad spectrum of chemical engineering. It has regularly attracted research students from academia, industries, research institutions and governmental departments either locally or abroad. The School offers master and doctorate programmes (by research) that lead to Master of Science (MSc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering, respectively. The programmes are run by highly qualified and experienced academicians who have high level of technical expertise in their respective fields. The postgraduate studies could either be in full-time or part-time basis. In generally, the studies will involve literature review, proposal presentation, planning and conducting of experimental works, modelling and simulation works, preparation and submission of research articles and finally thesis submission for examination. Throughout the study, a postgraduate student will be closely guided by a main supervisor and assisted by co-supervisor.


The main objective of the programmes is to train graduates in chemical engineering and related disciplines on research skills pertinent to important niche areas in chemical engineering. With the state-of-the–art skills and experience acquired during the study, the graduates should be able to adapt and excel in their carrier after graduation in view of the ever changing demand and technological revolution in chemical engineering disciplines either in industries, research institutions, consultation firms, governmental bodies etc.

Research Areas

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

  • Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering: Chemical Reaction Engineering, Zeolite and Environmental Catalysis, Nanoporous Materials, Membrane Reactors, Fuel Technology, Renewable Energy (Green Technology), Nanotechnology, Carbon Nanotubes and Fibres, Activated Carbon from Biomass etc.
  • Biochemical/Bioprocessing: Enzyme Technology (Biocatalyst), Fermentation Technology and Modeling, Biotransformation, Biological Products Recovery, Bioreactor Design and Analysis and Biofuel Production.
  • 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
  • Treatment of Solid, Gas, Wastewater and Toxic Materials: Membrane Technology, Solidification/stabilization, Biosorption, Adsorption, Combustion, Nutrient Removal and Recovery, Bioremediation, NOx removal from diesel exhaust, VOC removal using combined adsorption and catalytic combustion technology 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
  • 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)
  • Waste Material Utilization to Value Added Products: Composting, Renewable Energy, Concrete pavement block production and Organic Acid Production

(Further information on expertise of potential supervisor is available from :

Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess the following:

For MSc
  • A Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 (Second Class Honours (Upper Division)) or equivalent, or
  • A Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering related disciplines that are acceptable by the school board.


For PhD
  • A Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (First Class Honours / a minimum CGPA of 3.67 or equivalent)*, or
  • A Master's degree in Chemical Engineering (research mode), or
  • A Master's degree in Chemical Engineering (coursework / mixed mode) with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or equivalent, or
  • A Master's degree (coursework / mixed mode) in chemical engineering related disciplines that are acceptable by the school board.

Language Requirement (Applicable to international applicants only)

Applicants should possess the following:

  • A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL* for paper based; or
  • A minimum score of 213 in TOEFL* for computer based; or
  • A minimum score of 80 in TOEFL* for internet based; or
  • A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS**
*Test of English as a Foreign Language
**International English Language Testing System

Duration of Study

For MSc
  • Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 6 semesters
  • Part-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 12 semesters


For PhD
  • Full-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 10 semesters
  • Part-time: Min 6 semesters / Max 15 semesters


Please refer to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies website for more information on the fees structures. (


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 6402
Fax : +604-599 6908

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