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Your guide to studying Chemical Engineering in Malaysia

Course Duration:

3 - 4 Years

Average Salary:

MYR 27,000 - 123,000

Average Fees:

MYR 15,000 - 60,000

Job Demand:

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineering is applied chemistry that focuses on using chemical reactions to produce useful materials and/or solve problems.

Do you look at products such as a canister of Pringles and wonder how they were produced? (After finishing it of course!) Do you enjoy learning and creating processes of turning one thing into something completely different? Do you go about a daily task by striving for the best possible result while trying to save as much money as you can? Then, perhaps Chemical Engineering is the career for you. Read on as we alter any misconceptions you’ve ever had about the profession.

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What are the subjects you will study in a Chemical Engineering course ?

English

Chemistry

Additional Mathematics

Chemistry

Environment and Energy Studies

Art of Programming

Elements of Electrical Engineering

Why should you study Chemical Engineering?

Chemical Engineers are primarily concerned with the construction, operation, implementation and maintenance of chemical processes for macro-level manufactures such as large-scale cheese production.

With so many degree options out there, here are some top reasons why you should study Chemical Engineering:

Wide Options

A degree in Chemical Engineering can land you jobs in the manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, managerial and production areas easily. Basically, you can apply for any jobs that have something to do with chemicals.

Can Change the World

Chemical Engineers strive to improve the quality of people’s lives and the ecosystem. The items people use every day; toothpaste, detergent, petrol, and even the things we eat, all need Chemical Engineers to produce them. Because of this, they are needed to facilitate the development of technologies that will help end starvation, disease, overcome lead pollution and the effects of greenhouse gases.

What are industry experts saying about Chemical Engineering?

What are the entry requirements for an Chemical Engineering course?

Diploma in Chemical Engineering

SPM :

Minimum 3 Cs (including Mathematics and a Science subject)

O-Levels :

Minimum 3 Cs (including Mathematics and a Science subject)

Degree in Chemical Engineering

Diploma / HND :

Minimum CGPA of 2.00

STPM :

Pass with Grade B- in Additional Mathematics or Advanced Additional Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics/Biology

A-Levels :

Minimum 2 Principal Passes, including Mathematics and Physics

UEC :

Minimum 5 Bs (including Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry

Matriculation Certificate/Foundation of Science :

  • Minimum CGPA of 2.75 and pass all major subjects
  • Minimum of Grade B- in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics/Biology

Certificate/SKM III :

Minimum CGPA of 2.00 with a credit in any subject and a pass in Mathematics at SPM level

SAM/HSC/AUSMAT- TER/UAI :

Average of 50% or higher in 5 subjects (including Mathematics)

Master in Chemical Engineering

Degree :

Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Engineering Council Examination :

Pass the Engineering Council Examination part III (EE or ME)

PhD in Chemical Engineering

Degree :

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study with a first class honours

Master's :

Completed Master of Science (Engineering)

TOEFL/IELTS :

English proficiency with either 600 in TOEFL or with a minimum score of 6 in IELTS

Important Note: If you opt to study a Diploma in Chemical Engineering and continue your degree at the same institution, you will most likely get a one-year exemption. This means that you can enter degree year 2 after diploma.

How does your education pathway look like?

It is not necessary for you to do your postgraduate but becoming a professional engineer by registering at the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) will definitely help you advance in your career

What skills do you need for a course in Chemical Engineering?

A love of Maths and Chemistry

You like math! You like chemistry! The only issue? You can’t choose which one you like more. Chemical engineers use numbers and knowledge of chemicals in almost equal parts, and of equal importance.

Eye for detail

You’re the kind of person who notices the odd stain on an otherwise clean shirt or t-shirt and don’t want to wear on a date or an important meeting because even if they don’t notice, you’ll know! Suffice to stay, you pay attention to the smallest of details. In fact, the smaller the detail, the bigger the significance it has, to you at least.

Economical

When you’re headed out with friends, you know exactly how much you’re going to spend, and you try to have as much fun as possible within that same amount. They aim to get the best results at the least cost and with the lowest impact on the environment possible.

What career options do you have with an Chemical Engineering degree?

Who are all the top recruiters in Malaysia?

Below are a few of the top Chemical Engineering firms in Malaysia.

Where can you study Chemical Engineering in Malaysia?

Do note that all courses should be accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Click here to check if the course you choose is accredited. For a start, here are some of the most popular Chemical Engineering schools in Malaysia

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