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Updated : 30 November 2022


Master of Philoshopy and PhD programmes in Polymer Engineering by research are offer by the Department of Bioprocess & Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Chemical & Energy Engineering, UTM. These programmes provide candidates with the opportunity to further their studies and to achieve academic maturity via novel research work in the area of polymer engineering. The global challenges faced by the industry have increased the demand for new and innovative materials, how to select, combine, process and recycle them. Therefore there has been a growing demand for polymer engineer to work in polymer industries covers plastics, rubber and composite to support plastics operations in Malaysia.

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Students studying for a postgraduate research degree in Polymer Engineering work on projects of real-world significance, which feed into improvements in life for everyone. Close collaboration with industry in some projects also provides essential skill for a career in the polymeric materials design and products.

Areas of research

  • Plastic/Rubber Blend
  • Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites
  • Natural Fibre Reinforced Polymers Composites
  • Nano Filler Polymers Composites
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer
  • Bio-degradable and Degradable Polymers
  • Liquid Rubber and Rubber Technology
  • Polyurethane and Polyacrylic Coatings
  • Polyurethane Foam
  • Shape memory Polymers
  • PVC Technology
  • Biodegradable packaging
  • Recycling of Plastics Waste
  • Functional/smart polymer (hydrogel)
  • Advance Membrane Functionalization
  • Crystallization and thermal degradation studies/kinetics of polymeric materials
  • Rheology Of Polymer Melts, polymer blends and composites
  • Processing of Polymer, instabilities and processing aids
  • Microwave Processing of Polymers
  • Polymer Additive And Adhesive

The Doctor of Philosophy Polymer Engineering (PKKR) is offered on a full-time basis. The duration of study is in between minimum of three (3) years to a maximum of eight (8) years.


The assessment of the research program is based on the progress report, supervisor’s evaluation, research proposal and viva.


General Information

1.  Awarding Institution

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

2.  Teaching Institution

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

3. Programme Name

Doctor of Philosophy

4. Final Award

Doctor of Philosophy Polymer Engineering

5. Programme Code


6. Professional or Statutory Body of Accreditation


7. Language(s) of Instruction


8. Mode of Study 


9. Study Scheme (Full Time/Part Time)

Full Time

10. Study Duration

Minimum : 3 years Maximum : 8 years

Course Classification



Credit Hours



University Elective (1 course)



Research Methodology



Research (Minimum 6 semesters)







PEO 1 – Graduates are able to incorporate in-depth relevant knowledge in engineering practices.

PEO 2 – Graduates are able to apply a wide range of relevant knowledge to formulate and conduct problems effectively and innovatively through critical thinking skills.

PEO 3 – Graduates are able to communicate effectively to convey and acquire technical information intellectually, ethically and professionally.

PEO 4 – Graduates able to adopt the latest relevant knowledge and technologies through life-long learning process by taking into account safety, environmental, economic and societal impacts.

PLO1: Able to demonstrate an in-depth advance knowledge in polymer engineering-related areas using the techniques and skills for polymer engineering practice.

PLO2: Ability to independently manage problem in scientific research, individually or collectively using acceptable methodologies and tools.

PLO3: Ability to articulate and convince ideas and findings through collaborative work, oral presentation and scientific/journal writing.

PLO4: Ability to perform intellectual honesty and integrity throughout the learning process

PLO5: Ability to perform lifelong learning from any resources.

PLO6: Ability to display work both independently and in team including providing motivation, and delegating tasks.

The programme is offered in full-time and part-time mode with a require completion of an original research thesis that makes a significant new contribution to the field of polymer engineering. The assessment of the research is based on the progress report, supervisor’s evaluation, research proposal and viva.

Master of Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy
8 max semesters | 3 min semesters 16 max semesters | 6 min semesters
University elective University elective
Research methodology Research methodology
MKKR Research PKKR Research
Good career opportunities in various multinational and government-linked companies, public and private sectors, and industries.
  • A Master’s Degree from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or any other Institutions of higher learning recognised by the Senate; or
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree and experience in the relevant field recognised by the Senate; or
  • Candidates who a currently registered in a Master’s Degree programme at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the respective faculty and the Senate.
For further enquiries please contact:

Associate Prof. Dr Agus Arsad
Programme Coordinator

Office: +6019-5590545