The Department of Chemical Engineering has its roots in the Chemical Technology course which was established in the Department of Chemistry in 1965. The first intake of students was in 1967 and the first group of graduates emerged in 1971. In 1975 the course in Chemical Technology was renamed Chemical Engineering and was placed under the wings of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya.
The Department runs an eight semesters (4 years) undergraduate programme in Chemical Engineering. The curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelors of Engineering (Chemical) is designed to provide a proper balance between the fundamental aspects of Chemical Engineering and applications to the operation, design, analysis of engineering systems.
The degree is recognised and accredited by Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) under the Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE, UK). Recently the Department’s programme has been accredited as Masters of Engineering (Chemical) by the IChemE and all freshmen will be inducted in this new programme. The Department also offers postgraduate programmes by research leading to the degrees of Masters of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy.