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What will I learn?

The Department of Chemistry is the largest department in the Faculty of Science. The department started operation in the academic year 1959/1960 and is one of the oldest departments in the faculty. One of the objectives of the department is to provide a centre of excellence in chemical education and research in Malaysia. Students from the department are trained to develop their critical, creative and innovative thinking. The department is proud to produce graduates who are highly regarded and much sought after in the work force market. At the moment, the Departmental workforce consists of 52 academic staff and 44 support staff who are involved in either technical or clerical support roles.

The Department offers three programmes, namely, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.Sc. in Chemistry), Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry (B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry) and Master of Science in Instrumental Analytical Chemistry (M.Sc. in Instrumental Analytical Chemistry) (formally known as Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry & Instrumental Analysis). The Department is the first institution of higher learning in Malaysia to receive the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) accreditation for all BSc and MSc programmes. Benchmarking the three offered programmes with those offered by other renowned institute of higher learning via the RSC accreditation would certainly help the Department to develop and expand its programmes in line with international quality and standards.

The Department of Chemistry also offers postgraduate programmes by research, namely, Master of Science by research, Master and Doctor of Philosophy. These programmes form the essence of our research activities. The research conducted in the Department is varied; some researchers focus on fundamental themes while others focus on various aspects of applied chemistry.

Course Structure

The aim of the Masters by Coursework in Instrumental Analytical Chemistry is to cater for the growing needs of modern day industry which require skilled personnel who are knowledgeable in the handling of a sophisticated range of analytical instruments as well as possessing the interpretative skills necessary to solve complex chemistry problems. The course is based on modern instrumental analytical chemistry and is designed to address the needs of industrial laboratories and research organizations.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 semesters)

Tuition fees
RM16,550.00 (US$ 3,569) per year
RM 33,100 for the entire course
Start date

October 2022


Universiti Malaya

Jalan Universiti,


Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,

50603, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Preference will be given to applicants having a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA 3.0 and above or its equivalent. A band 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic); or A score of 550 paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

For international students

Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree with Honours CGPA 3.0 and above or equivalent in the relevant field.

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree of CGPA 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

A. Having relevant work experience; or

B. Produce publications in related fields; or

C. is a recipient of a scholarship; or

D. is a graduate of the Universiti Malaya; or

E. is a government servant

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree of CGPA 2.5 to 2.69 may be considered if they meet at least two of the criteria in (1) (A) to (E) above

Candidates are required to have TOEFL results at least 550; 80 (IBT) or IELTS at least Band 5.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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