Introduction to Polymer Engineering

The polymer engineering field concerns the structure and characteristics of polymer materials which have engineering applications. The polymer engineering curriculum emphasises on the student understanding in the basic knowledge of polymer characteristics such as thermoplastics, elastomers and thermosets, as well as their processing methods. Polymer characteristics include related aspects covering structures, rheology, testing and characterisation. The polymer processing meanwhile covers basic knowledge and techniques in thermoplastic processing, thermoset and rubber, operation methods, manufacturing processes, as well as the relationship between processing parameters and product quality.

Apart from the core courses, students are also equipped with other polymer engineering courses such as composite polymers, adhesives, and polymer applications, engineers in society and mould and die design. Elective courses are also offered in the final year of study, including polymer engineering products and environmental-friendly plastics. At the end of their study, graduates from this programme are able to design polymer-based products as well as applying their knowledge and resources, and contribute to the development of polymer engineering.

Polymer Engineering PEO and PO


PEO 01

Graduates who have developed career advancement in the field of Polymer Engineering or related engineering field.

PEO 02

Graduates who are involved in a professional body or society.

PEO 03

Graduates who pursue life-long learning.


PO 01

Engineering Knowledge

Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals and Polymer Engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.

PO 02

Problem Analysis

Identify, formulate, conduct research literature and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences.

PO 03

Design/Development of Solutions

Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.

PO 04


Conduct investigation of complex engineering problems using research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information to provide valid conclusions.

PO 05

Modern Tool Usage

Create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools, including prediction and modelling, to complex engineering problems, with an understanding of the limitations.

PO 06

The Engineer and Society

Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solutions to complex engineering problems.

PO 07

Environment and Sustainability

Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of professional engineering work in the solutions of complex engineering problems in societal and environmental contexts including ability to have entrepreneurship skills.

PO 08


Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice.

PO 09

Individual and Team Work

Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multi-disciplinary settings.

PO 10


Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.

PO 11

Life-long Learning

Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

PO 12

Project Management and Finance

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles and economic decision making and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects in multidisciplinary environments.

Polymer Engineering Curriculum Structure