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The School of Chemical Sciences (SCS), established in 1969, is one of the pioneering Schools of USM. With 35 academic staff and over 38 supporting staff, the School has been entrusted to provide professional training in chemistry to meet the demands of the industries and society.

The programme is designed not only to produce graduates with a solid knowledge of chemistry but also to equip them with attributes so that they can adapt readily to a dynamic and rapidly developing working environment. The academic programmes, Bachelor of Science with Honours, B.Sc. (Hons) and Bachelor of Applied Science B.App.Sc. (Hons) from the School of Chemical Sciences, USM is planned to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, highly-skilled, well-mannered and possess excellent work ethics suited for the requirements of the industrial and public sectors.

In line with this aspiration, the School of Chemical Sciences has designed courses that can be modified and adjusted from time to time to suit the requirements of an unpredictable future. The School practice a flexible system, dynamics and multi-disciplinary.

Our programmes are recognised nationally by the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry (Institut Kimia Malaysia).


The School offers two undergraduate programmes leading to:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with Honours degree.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (B.App.Sc.) with Honours degree, majoring either in Analytical Chemistry or Industrial Chemistry.

These programmes include 8 weeks of industrial training with industrial partners, commercial and research laboratories. Students are also encouraged to register for the final year research project (which covers 2 semesters) during their final year.

The postgraduate programmes offer the research mode leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. or the mixed-mode M.Sc. (Chemical Instrumentation) which has managed to attract fellow Malaysians and many foreign nationals.



(a) Royal Education Award by the Malaysian Rulers’ Counci

For the best final year students in all fields.

(b) Tuanku Chancellor Gold Medal Award

            For the best final year student in all fields.

(c) USM Gold Medal Award (awarded by Woman’s Association USM)

For the best female final year student in all fields.

(d) USM Gold Medal Award (awarded by Tun Dato’ Seri Dr. Lim Chong Eu)

For the best final year student in the Bachelor of Science

(e) USM Gold Medal Award (awarded by Chemical Company of Malaysia Bhd.)

For the best final year student in the field of Chemistry.

(f) USM Gold Medal Award (awarded by the founding lecturers for the Applied Sciences Programme of Analytical Chemistry)

For the best final year student in the field of Analytical Chemistry.

(g) USM Book Award (awarded by Hoechst Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.)

For the best final year student in the field of Industrial Chemistry.

(h) Dean’s List Award

Awarded to any student in the School of Chemical Sciences who has achieved academic excellence. The certificate will be awarded every semester.

Career Opportunities

The School of Chemical Sciences was established in 1969 and has produced quality graduates who possess experience and skills in line with the programmes offered. The School is staffed with experienced lecturers and equipped with modern instruments in both teaching and research laboratories. As such, the graduates can pursue careers in public agencies such as the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRI), Forestry Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and Jabatan Kimia Malaysia (JKM). Graduates can also work in scientific instrument companies such as Perkin Elmer. In addition, there are opportunities for graduates to serve as chemists and engineers in the electronics industry, such as Intel, Infineon, Osram and Silterra. Graduates can also venture into other fields or pursue postgraduate degrees at the School of Chemical Sciences.

School of Chemical Sciences
11800, Universiti Sains Malaysia Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel +604 - 6533262  |  Fax  +604 - 6574854  | 

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