Programme Name: Master of Science (Chemistry)

Last update 29 June 2020

Awarding Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Teaching Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Programme Name Master of Science in Chemistry
Final Award
Master of Science (Chemistry)
Programme Code MSK
Professional or Statutory Body of Accreditation
Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi
Language(s) of Instructions
Bahasa Melayu & English
Mode of Study Conventional
Mode of operation Self-govern
Study Scheme Full Time and Part time
Study Duration

Full Time: Minimum:  1½ years; Maximum: 3 years

Part Time: Minimum: 2½ years; Maximum: 4 years

Type of Semester No. of Semesters No. of weeks per semester
Full Time Part Time  Full Time Part Time
Normal 3 6 14 14

To produce graduates who:

  1. have an in-depth knowledge in advanced areas of chemistry: organic, physical, inorganic, and analytical.
  2. have high intellectual skills and competence in solving problems in chemistry and related sciences.
  3. are responsive and adaptive to changing situation and with high desire to continuously acquire new knowledge and skills.
  4. can articulate ideas and findings through oral presentation and scientific writing.
  5. can independently design, perform and manage scientific research using acceptable methodology.
(a) Technical Knowledge and Competencies
Program Learning Outcomes (PO) Intended Learning Outcomes Teaching and Learning Methods Assessment
(Advanced Knowledge)
Ability to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of the chemical principles. Lectures, laboratory works, directed reading, group discussion and problem solving assignments Examinations, tests, quizzes, project reports and assignments
(Chemical Techniques)
Ability to demonstrate thorough knowledge, understanding and skills in application of scientific methodology to undertake and report on experimental investigation. Lectures, assigned reading, group discussion and problem solving assignments
Hands-on instrumentations, chemistry software skills and research project
Examinations, tests, quizzes, assignments, and project reports,
Oral presentations, group projects, and computer simulation.
(Scientific and Critical Thinking Approach)
Possess high awareness of major issues and development of chemical research and competent in initiating, developing, and pursuing a scientific research. Lectures, assigned reading, group discussion and problem solving assignments
Hands-on instrumentations, chemistry software skills and research project
Research proposal, experimental works, project presentation and report.
Examinations, tests, quizzes, assignments, and project reports.
Oral presentations, group projects, computer simulation.
Proposal, presentation and project report
(b) Generic Skills
(Communication Skills)
Ability to present technical, scientific and chemical information and arguments clearly and correctly, in written and oral presentation Group projects, independent research, individual assignments Oral presentations, written assignments, and research project report.
(Social Skills and Responsibility)
Ability to portray good interpersonal skills with high ability to work collaboratively as part of a team undertaking a range of different team roles Laboratory works, group assignments. Project reports and group presentation
(Professionalism, Attitude, Ethics & Integrity)
Ability to act with integrity and good ethics in their profession and their obligation to society Examination, individual assignment and individual research projects Reports and seminar presentation
(Lifelong Learning & Information Management)
Ability to seek new knowledge, skills and manage relevant information from various sources. Research projects and assignment Assignment and research project report
(Management and Entrepreneurship Skills)
Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills in analyzing and identifying business opportunities. Research projects Written assignments and research project reports.
(Leadership Skills)
Ability to demonstrate leadership, to take action and to get others involved. Group assignments and presentations. Group assignment reports and presentations
No. Classification Credit Hours Percentage Standard (QA)
1. Compulsory University Subjects 6 14.3 50%
2. Program Core 9 21.4
3. Program Electives 6 14.3
4. Research 21 50 50%
  Total 42 100 100%

This is a 3-semester full-time programme, which comprises 42 credits that include 3 physics core courses (9 credits), 2 elective courses (6 credits), 1 University course (3 credits), Research Methodology and Dissertations (21 credits). Typical distributions of courses are as follows:


Semester 1

Course Code Subjects Credit
MSCF 1113 Quantum Mechanics 3
MSCF 1423 Semiconducting Bulk Materials 3
MSCF 1xx3 Elective Course 3
UHAx 6xx3 University compulsory subject 3
MSCF 1010 Seminar HW**
Total 12


Semester 2

Course Code Subjects Credit
MSCF 1143 Electrodynamics 3
MSCF 1xx3 Elective Course 3
MSCF 1813 Research Methodology 3
MSCF 1020 Seminar HW**
Total 9

** HW = Attendance is compulsory


Semester 3

Course Code Subjects Credit
MSCF 2180/ Dissertation (full time) / Dissertation (part time) 21
MSCF 2190
Total 21

* Dissertation Codes: xx8x = full time, xx9x = part time


Elective Subjects

Course Code Subjects Credit
MSCF 1123 Elementary Particles 3
MSCF 1313 Acoustic & Ultrasonics 3
MSCF 1413 Analytical Techniques 3
MSCF 1433 Semiconductor Devices 3
MSCF 1443 Thin Film Physics 3
MSCF 1453 Non-Crystalline Solid 3
MSCF 1463 Phase Transformation 3
MSCF 1513 Optoelectronics 3


Please refer to Appendix E (page 86) for synopsis of each course.

Graduates of the program can work as

  • Research officer – Research Institute, university and industries
  • Science Officer — Research Institute, university and industries
  • Physics Teacher – Schools and colleges
  • Quality control officer – Industries
  • Industrial materials scientist
  • Material testing and analysis expert