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Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

Working together with people from all walks of life, chemical engineers help to keep the world going and better. Like all engineers, we design and build equipments, then make them work safely and economically. These are mostly business-to-business activities, often outside public eyes. We specialize on activities that involve chemical and biochemical changes on a large scale. For example, we purify crude oil into petrol, kerosene and diesel that transport everyone around. We too make plastics and their biodegradable versions.

Others such as fertilizers, drinking water, cooking oils, packaged foods, medicines and vaccines all have to be produced in large amounts, and here chemical engineers come in. The chips that run our handphones are designed by electronic engineers, but chemical engineers make them in large quantities. Increasingly, chemical engineers deal with living things such as bacteria and plants to produce renewable products. As large-scale chemical processing involves potential adverse social and environmental impact, chemical engineers also protect people and Earth by clever designs and responsible operations.


As for all fields of engineering, the major categories of career opportunities are in design, construction, operation and technical marketing. The only difference is the items involved. Chemical engineers focus on facilities for chemical and biochemical processing and their products. For example, to make a product, some chemical engineers design the production facility; others install and test the equipment; once completed some chemical engineers have to run the 24-hour production; and finally, somebody has to market the product! For products not marketed directly to the public (e.g. plastics, vaccines), the role of chemical engineers is even greater as these require significant technical knowledge. Graduates of the department have been employed by a large variety of companies including Petronas, Shell, ExxonMobil, Nestle, KLK, Technip, JJ-Lurgi, UGL.

Less-taken paths include finance, education, enforcement and research. There are chemical engineers who serve in banks, e.g. to evaluate loan applications to build chemical plants. Some go further to become CEOs, CTOs and CFOs of large companies. Others stay in universities to do research and to train more chemical engineers, or work in government agencies to attract foreign investments or to ensure that safety and environmental laws are followed. Certainly, some have also become respectable politicians. There is room for genders, every level of ability and every type of personality. The key is that engineering develops an analytical and quantitative mind, and that could be put to good use wherever needed.

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Control Engineer


This programme consists: 

Types of Courses


University Courses


Faculty Core Courses


 Faculty Elective Courses


 Programme Compulsory Courses   
(Including Industrial Training)


Programme Elective Courses






Semester I: September each year

  • Deadline for Malaysian applicants: April for Semester I intake
  • Deadline for International applicants: June for Semester I intake


  • Undergraduate Malaysian Students: RM8,190.00 - RM9,530.00
  • Undergraduate International Students: approximately USD 5,000 per year

Dr. Hanee Farzana Binti Hizaddin
Senior Lecturer
E: hanee@um.edu.my
T: 03-79675206

SESSION 2019/2020                                                   SESSION 2020/2021


Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) / Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
Programmes Educational Objectives & Programme Outcomes


Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)

PEO1- Professionalism
Able to establish themselves as practicing professionals in Chemical Engineering or related fields.

PEO2- Continuous Personal Development
Able to engage in lifelong pursuit of knowledge and interdisciplinary learning appropriate for industrial and academic careers.

PEO3- Societal Engagement
Able to contribute to sustainable development and the well-being of society.

Programme Objectives (PO)

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals and chemical engineering specialization to solve complex engineering problems.
  2. Identify, formulate, research, analyse and reach substantiated conclusions along with recommendations for complex chemical engineering problems, using principles of mathematics, natural science and engineering science.
  3. Develop solutions for complex chemical engineering systems, components or processes to meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, culture, society and the environment.
  4. Conduct investigations of complex chemical engineering problems using relevant research methodology including literature review, design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of results to derive scientifically sound conclusions.
  5. Utilize systematic approach to select/create appropriate IT tools, with full understanding of their limitations, to model, simulate and solve complex chemical engineering problem.
  6. Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solutions to complex chemical engineering problems.
  7. Understand the impact of professional engineering work in the solutions of complex chemical engineering problems towards society and the environment and demonstrate knowledge of and the need for sustainable development.
  8. Apply norms of professional engineering practice ethically.
  9. Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with both engineers and the community at large through discussions, reports and presentations.
  10. Function effectively as an individual, and as a team member or leader in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  11. Recognise the need to undertake life-long learning and possess the capacity to do so independently.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering and management/finance principles and apply these to one’s own work as an individual, team member or leader in a multi-disciplinary environment.


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