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The School of Chemical Sciences (SCS), established in 1969, is one of the pioneering schools of USM. With an academic staff of more than 30 and over 50 supporting staff, the School has been entrusted to provide professional training in chemistry to meet the demands of academic, industries and society.



This programme was first introduced in the 2001/2002 academic session. It offers courses on various chemical instrumentations involving atomic spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, surface and thermal analysis, separation methods and environmental pollution and monitoring techniques. These courses will discuss the basic principles of various techniques and include hands-on operation of various instrumentations involved. The topics related to quality systems, intellectual property and research methodology are also offered as core courses. The candidate will undertake a short research project and submit a dissertation based on the project.

Master of Science in Chemical Instrumentation - Download PEO and PLO

Master of Science in Chemistry - Download PEO and PLO

Doctor of Philosophy - Download PEO and PLO


The MSc. and PhD. programmes provide broad training opportunities across the chemical sciences. In-depth programmes of study are offered in the major chemistry disciplines (Organic, Physical, Inorganic, Industrial and Analytical Chemistry) such as those stated below:

Analytical Chemistry

  • Chemically Modified Electrodes
  • Environmental Electrochemistry
  • Environmental Photocatalysis
  • Mechanochemistry
  • Separation Chemistry
  • Wastewater/Water Treatment

Industrial Chemistry

  • Biopolymers and Modified Biopolymers
  • Catalysis
  • Corrosion Chemistry and Coatings
  • Nanomaterials

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Catalysis
  • Coordination Chemistry
  • Inorganic Polymers
  • Inorganic Synthesis
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Organometallic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

  • Chemical Biology
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Polymer Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Surface Chemistry


The School is well equipped with teaching and research laboratories. Existing analytical and characterisation instruments include NMR, ICP-OES, GCMS, LCMS (TOF), TGA/DSC, GPC, TOC and CHN analyser, HPLC, GC, FTIR, FTIR with microscope, UV-Vis, AAS and fluorescence spectrophotometers, electrochemical systems and nitrogen porosimeter, POM, microwave digester and synthesiser, and other supporting equipments. The School is also equipped with electronics and glass-blowing workshops.
The expertise and facilities available in the School of Chemical Sciences are always tapped by the industries and government agencies in solving their  problems. In line   with the desire to improve the consultancy services offered by the School, the School of Chemical Sciences has taken a proactive step by setting  up an Analytical Services and Testing Laboratory (MUPA) in year 2000 to offer  more  effective  services for the industrial.sectors.    

Industry/Community Advisory Panel (ICAP)

The creation of Industry/Community Advisory Panels within individual schools and centres of USM is in compliance with the university’s overall efforts taken towards building a lighter working framework with industry, companies and the community.  These ICAPs are considered timely and useful for enhancing institutional competitiveness. These panels comprise of selected academic staff, senior executives from the private sector and well-respected leaders from the community.
The ICAP meetings served as forums to discuss issues on curriculum, training solutions for coordinating industry/community expectations and relevance, best practices to be adopted, and practical approaches to address these contemporary issues and other areas of concern to all parties

School of Chemical Sciences
11800, Universiti Sains Malaysia Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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