Chemical engineers are known as the universal engineers of all time and are well-versed in converting raw materials to more practical forms by applying both physical sciences and life sciences. Fusing chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology and biochemistry with mathematics, this branch of engineering is versatile and allows room for specialisation in many areas, such as nanotechnology, reﬁning, bio-diesel production and petrochemical production, to name a few.
The Chemical Engineering degree programme oﬀered at UCSI University is designed to equip students with fundamental engineering and scientiﬁc knowledge in the ﬁeld of chemical engineering.
The programme focuses on core technical operations in the chemical sector such as material handling, ﬂuid ﬂows, material and energy balances, mass and heat transfers, thermodynamics, chemical reaction designs, separation processes, environmental engineering and petroleum reﬁning processes, to name a few. Apart from being solidly grounded in technical applications, the students are also furnished with management skills during the course of their study, in line with current demands of the industry.
In this programme, students are also required to undergo industrial training under UCSI University’s Co-operative Placement (Co-op) Programme at the end of their 2nd and 3rd academic years. The objective of the Co-op programme is to provide an avenue for students to gain exposure to professional practices in an actual working environment in addition to developing the necessary soft skills pertinent to their individual development. Student learning is also enhanced by industry visits, talks by prominent guest speakers from professional bodies, laboratory works as well as plant design projects, among other hands-on activities.
All of UCSI University’s engineering degree programmes comply with the latest requirements for accreditation by the Malaysian Engineering Accreditation Council, which fulfils the international requirements drafted in the Washington Accord.
The structure of the Chemical Engineering curriculum is developed to provide both breadth and depth across the range of Chemical Engineering specialisations in order to produce competent graduates. The teaching and learning approaches vary according to the nature of the course or topic being delivered. The programme employs a range of teaching methods to ensure the successful achievement of the learning outcomes that include:
*International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but of non-English curriculum, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the Certificate in English programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfill the above English requirements prior commencing their studies at the university.
The programme is an excellent preparation for a career in the chemical engineering fields, such as the oil and gas industry, commodity chemicals, specialty/consumer chemicals and advanced materials. Chemical engineers can also be employed in other manufacturing industries such as electrical, electronics, pulp and paper products, medicine and healthcare, as well as the heavy machinery industry.
Today, the field of chemical engineering is a diverse one, encompassing a wide range of areas. Graduates are able to find career opportunities in the following roles:
Source: UCSI University