Department of Chemical and Process Engineering


Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering offers Bachelor Degree of Chemical Engineering since it was established in 1984, when the faculty of Engineering was embodied in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Chemical Engineering directly involves in raw feed processing to produce valuable products especially if the processing involves phase change, contain energy of the processed materials and compositesChemical, physical and mathematical principles which are the basis of Chemical Engineering are used to understand the chemical reaction process in a reactor and transport process in a processing unit and separation. Meanwhile the economic and management principles are completing the Chemical Engineering Program.

Biochemical engineering that routes from fermentation industry uses Chemical Engineering principle in processing the biological and biochemical materials. This field includes microorganism breeding, enzyme usage as biological and biochemical process catalyst, and design, optimization and process control for large scale biological and biochemical processes and also process synthesis of commercial materials such as food, pharmaceutical products and industrial biochemical products in general.

Starting from the 2015 – 2016 academic session, Chemical Engineering program has been restructured where all Biochemical Engineering elements were combined in this program. This was practicable in parallel to the accreditation and industrial requirements that require graduates to possess vast knowledge covering both fields. It is also in line with the Chemical Engineering program that is mostly offered by well-known universities worldwide.

Apart from that, educational program was also structured to allow students to obtain vast and deep exposure in design experience, industrial work and research. At the end of the third year, students need to undergo practical training. Research project is also conducted in semester VII and VIII. In the final year, students need to complete design project for the process plant. Strong basis as well as practical exposure are believed to produce competent engineers. Curriculum structure was thoroughly planned so that the students would gain sufficient knowledge to perform Process Plant Design Project in Semester VIII. Students may use computer software such as Aspentech®, iCON® and Superpro® to assist them in the Design Project.

In 2004, the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment UKM has pioneered a move to transform the undergraduate curriculum into Outcome Based Education in accordance with requirements from the Board of Engineers, Malaysia and the Malaysian Qualification Framework introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education. In this approach, inputs from stakeholders are taken into account when reviewing the curriculum. As a result, there are courses in which their teaching approach have been changed the methods such as cooperative learning, student-centred learning and problem based learning. This new curriculum was implemented beginning from the 2005/2006 academic session.

In this curriculum, based on inputs collected from the stakeholders, the faculty has developed the following Programme Educational Objectives in order to be achieved by the graduates several years after graduation:

  • PEO1 – Engineer / Architect who has character and ethics, as well as high professionalism and contributes to the National Aspirations.
  • PEO2 – Engineer / Architect who is competent in respective engineering practices that meets current and future needs.
  • PEO3 – Engineer / Architect who has a creative and innovative, entrepreneurial and leadership qualities that are glocal.

In the Outcome Based Education curriculum, a student needs to possess featured listed as the Programme Outcomes just after his/her graduation and these outcomes have to be assessed through designated measurement methods. Therefore, the Faculty has developed the following Programme Outcomes to be achieved by all students:

  • PO1 – Engineering Knowledge – Apply mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals and engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.
  • PO2 – Problem Analysis – Identify, formulate, research literature and analyse complex engineering problems using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences.
  • PO3 – Design/Development of Solutions – Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design systems, components or processes with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.
  • PO4 – Investigation – Conduct investigation of complex problems using research-based knowledge and research methods.
  • PO5 – Modern Tool Usage – Create, select and apply modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modelling to complex engineering problems.
  • PO6 – The Engineer and Society – Apply reasoning to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solutions to complex engineering problems.
  • PO7 – Environment and Sustainability – Understand and evaluate the sustainability and the impact of professional engineering work in the solution of complex engineering problems.
  • PO8 – Ethics – Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice.
  • PO9 – Individual and Team-Work – Function effectively as an individual, member or leader in diverse teams and in multi-disciplinary settings.
  • PO10 – Communication – Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society able to comprehend, write, present, give and receive instructions.
  • PO11 – Project Management and Finance – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles and economic decision-making, apply to own work, as a member and leader in a team, manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
  • PO12 – Life Long Learning – Recognize the need, prepare and engage in independent and life-long learning.

Please contact Head of Program – Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Rosiah Rohani at for more details.


Please contact Head of Program – Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Rosiah Rohani at for more details.