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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.

Admission Requirement

A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or related degree from a recognised university;


1. CGPA at least 2.75/4.00; OR

2. CGPA 2.50-2.74/4.00 with

- Research experience - 1 year; OR

- Professional experience in the related field - 1 year; OR
- One (1) academic publication in the related field; OR

- Grade B for core subject / elective; OR

- Grade B+ for undergraduate final year project; OR


3. CGPA 2.00-2.49/4.00 (Bachelor degree with honours) with

- Research experience - 5 years; OR

- Professional experience in the related field - 5 years


- One (1) academic publication in the related field; OR

- Grade B for core / elective subject; OR

- Grade B+ for undergraduate final year project.

Note: Students of other disciplines with chemistry background should take one (1) to two (2) theory subjects if it is deemed necessary by the Postgraduate and Research Committee


Language Requirement

Results must be uploaded via online application.

Applicable for international applicants only

  • A minimum score of 35 in Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); OR
  • A minimum of Band 5 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); OR
  • A minimum score of 154 in Cambridge English Advance (CAE); OR
  • A minimum score of 154 in Cambridge Proficiency Advance (CPE); OR
  • A minimum score of 36 in Pearson Test of English (PTE); OR
  • A minimum of Band 2 in MUET (Malaysian University English Test)


Exemption can be given if:

  • English is the candidate's mother tongue or national language; OR
  • The candidate graduated from an Institution of Higher Learning in which the medium of instruction is English



Minimum 2 semesters

Maximum 4 semesters


Minimum 4 semesters

Maximum 8 semesters


Malaysian Students (MYR)

International Students (USD)

·         Registration Fee: 340.00

·         Tuition Fee: 450.00 × 40 units = 18,000.00

·         Convocation Fee: 200.00

·         Registration Fee: 227.50

·         Personal Bond: 1000.00

·         Tuition Fee: 190.00 × 40 units = 7,600.00

·         Convocation Fee: 50.00

Graduation Requirements

  1. Pass Dissertation
  2. Pass the relevant courses (20 units) with minimum grade C+
  3. Minimum overall CGPA - 3.00
  4. All foreign students are required to register & pass LKM111 Malaysian Culture and Malay Language with minimum grade C
  5. Fulfill minimum period of candidature


Upon graduation, the MSc. (Chemical Instrumentation) graduates may consider to pursue the following programmes:

  • PhD. (Research Mode) in USM.

  • Master programme at Université de Lorraine (UL), France. Under this programme the candidate
  • Can be considered for entry into second year of a 2-year programme.
  • Will enter semester 3 in France and carry out a project in semester 4. The project will be carried out either in USM or UL.
  • Must possess a minimum CGPA of 3.00.
  • Has given presentation at conference(s) or has submitted a paper for publication.
  • Will bear all costs, accommodation, food and living expenses during his/her studies in France.
  • Co-Tutelle Programme (between USM and UL). Under this programme
  • The research will be conducted in Malaysia and France.
  • A double PhD. degree is awarded from both institutions upon the completion of the programme.
  • The examination committee comprises of French and Malaysian experts.

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