Chemical Engineering

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

MoHE Course Code: (R/524/6/0053)


Location Bentley or Sarawak
Study Method Full-time
Study Mode On-Campus
Intake February or August
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 bioproduction, 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 Sarawak’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.
  • Curtin is ranked among the Top 100 universities worldwide for Chemical Engineering (QS 2016).
  • The course has extensive support and collaboration from industry players.
  • Curtin Sarawak 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 Sarawak 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) 28
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
The following UEC subjects are included in the aggregate of best five subject:
• Mathematics • Advance Mathematics I • Advance Mathematics II • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Business Studies • Bookkeeping and Accounts • Accounting
• Economics • History • Geography • Computing and Information Technology

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


Minimum academic entry requirements

Course Prerequisites

Mathematics (including calculus), physics and 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 Sem 1 Year 2 Sem 1 Year 3 Sem 1 Year 4 Sem 1
MCEN 1000
Engineering Mechanics
CHEM 1000
Principles and Processes in Chemistry
CHEN 3010
Reaction Engineering
CHEN 4000
Chemical Engineering Research Project 1
INDE 1000
Engineering Foundations –  Principles & Communication
ENGR 2000
Fluid Mechanics
CHEN 3002
Process Modelling and Simulation
CHEN 4001
Process Safety and Risk Management
MATH 1002
Engineering Mathematics 1
CHEN 2002
Process Heat Transfer
CHEN 3009
Fluid and Particle Processes
CHEN 4012
Advanced Separation Processes
MAEN 1000
Engineering Materials
CHEN 2000
Process Principles
ENEN 2000
Engineering Sustainable Development
(Select 1)
CHEN 4013
Petroleum Processing ORCHEN 3006 Palm Oil and Oleochemical Process ORWSEN 3001 Wastewater Treatment Processes
(Select 1)
CHEN 4011 Advanced Modelling and Control ORCHEN 4004 Computational Fluid Dynamics ORCHEN 4010
Advanced Thermodynamics and Reactor Engineering
Year 1 Sem 2 Year 2 Sem 2 Year 3 Sem 2 Year 4 Sem 2
ELEN 1000
Electrical Systems
CHEM 1002
Reactivity and Function in Chemistry
CHEN 3000
Process Plant Engineering
CHEN 4016
Process Economics and Management
MATH 1003
Engineering Mathematics 2
CHEN 2001
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CHEN 3001
Transport Phenomena
CHEN 4002
Chemical Engineering Research Project 2
INDE 1001
Engineering Foundations – Design and Processes
CHEN 2003
Process Mass Transfer
CHEN 3003
Process Synthesis and Design
CHEN 4015
Chemical Engineering Design Project
COMP 1004
Engineering Programming
CHEN 2004
Process Engineering and Analysis
CHEN 3005
Process Instrumentation and Control
Evolution, Development, Successes and Failures of Engineering

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