Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering -BEng. (Hons.)(Chemical Engineering)

MoHE approval code: JPT/BPP(R/524/6/0053) 10/20

Location Bentley or Malaysia
Study Method Full-time
Study Mode On-Campus
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years

Chemical Engineering covers the development, design and operation of chemical processes and plants for the extraction, conversion and recovery of materials that is based on both
chemical and biological systems.

A great variety of process industries serve the needs of society. Among the more familiar are petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical and polymer production, bio-processing and bio-production, bio pharmaceutics and food processing, fertiliser manufacture, cement and lime production, minerals and metals extraction and refining, paper and board manufacture, biomass and
sugar refining, production of industrial and fine chemicals.

First Year

The major has a common first year with all other engineering disciplines which builds a range of basic science skills and knowledge, with particular emphasis on physics, chemistry and mathematics.

Why Chemical Engineering?

  • Curtin Malaysia’s location in Miri, an oil and gas hub, and nearby the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), provides ample opportunities for practical learning and exposure to industry practices.
  • The course has extensive support and collaboration from industry players.
  • Curtin Malaysia is the first institution in Malaysia to be awarded the MacNab Medal for Excellence in Design Project (in 2006) by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK.
  • Curtin Malaysia Chemical Engineering students have emerged winners in a number of international and national competitions such as Honeywell UniSim Design Student Challenge for Europe (2015) and Asia Pacific (2014), Honourable Mention Award in Crown Prince CIPTA (2015), and 3rd Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Chemical Engineering Design Competition (2014/2015).


Minimum English language entry requirements

International English
Language Testing System
Overall 6.5
(no individual band
below 6.0)
Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL)
79 (band minimum W-21,
L-13, R-13, S-18)
SPM 1119 English C
GCE ‘A’ Level E
GCE ‘O’ Level C

Cut-off scores

GCE-A Level/ STPM/ (best of 3 subjects) 8
UEC (best of 5 selected subjects) 22
IB 28
Ontario Gr 70
India/ Pakistan 76%
Sri Lanka 9

Cut-off scores key:

GCE : General Certificate of Education
STPM : Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
IB : International Baccalaureate
ATAR : Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – applicable to all Australian matriculation
HKDSE : Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
India : Includes All India Senior School Certificate awarded by The Central Board of Secondary School Education (CBSE), Indian School Certificate (ISC) awarded by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), Higher School Certificate (HSC) awarded by one of the State Secondary School Boards. Certificates awarded by the CBSE and the CISCE are generally considered to represent a higher level of achievement than state certificates.
Sri Lanka : GCE ‘A’ level issued by the Department of Examinations

Score Conversion for Advanced level/GCE/GCSE:
Grades awarded from 2010 onwards: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
Grades awarded up to 2009: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1
AS Levels equal half of that of an Advanced Level, e.g. 3 points for an A*, 2.5 points for an A (prior to 2010)

Subject Grades Conversion for STPM : A=5, A- =4, B+ =4, B=3, B- =2, C+ = 2, C=1

Note: scores for individual prerequisites may be taken into consideration for assessment purposes.


Minimum academic entry requirements

Course Prerequisites

Mathematics (including calculus), physics or chemistry.


Click on the link below to view the Fees and Charges for the offered course.

Fees and Charges

Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)

Public Services Department (JPA)

Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

Engineers Australia (EA)

Institution of Chemical Engineers  (IChemE, UK)

Washington Accord

Diploma applications will be treated on case to case basis.

The course presents wide-ranging career opportunities. The majority of graduates are employed in international mineral or oil and gas processing industries. Some are employed directly by processing companies, others by the many consulting groups that serve the industry. Employers generally regard chemical engineers as the most versatile of engineers and they are in high demand within consulting engineering groups.

Year 1
Engineering First Year
Year 2 Semester 1
Fluid Mechanics
Principles and Processes in Chemistry
Process Heat Transfer
Process Principles
Year 2 Semester 2
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Reactivity and Function in Chemistry
Process Mass Transfer
Process Engineering and Analysis
Year 3 Semester 1
Reaction Engineering
Process Modelling and Simulation
Fluid and Particle Processes
Engineering Sustainable Development
3 optional units (Select 1)
Year 3 Semester 2
Process Plant Engineering
Transport Phenomena
Process Synthesis and Design
Process Instrumentation and Control
Year 4 Semester 1
Chemical Engineering Research Project 1
Process Safety and Risk Management
Advanced Separation Processes
3 optional units (Select 1)
Year 4 Semester 2
Process Economics and Management
Chemical Engineering Research Project 2
Chemical Engineering Design Project

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