Academic English

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) is an academic English preparatory course especially designed to help you meet the English entry requirements for the Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

PSEP is an integrated skills course that focuses on building academic literacy skills to prepare students for tertiary studies. Students will develop key skills and strategies in academic reading and writing, listening and speaking, academic language, thinking and research, as well as learning strategies for university studies. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on students developing the ability to think, solve problems and take responsibility for their own learning.

This course is designed for students who need to raise the level of English to effectively participate in an academic setting. After the completion of the course, the students are expected to sit for an external English test (PTE Academic/IELTS/TOEFL) and achieve the required score to proceed to their chosen course of study at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Entry levels

Depending on your level of English, you will enter into one or both levels:

  • Pre-Sessional English: Lower Intermediate (N/KJP/00177)
  • Pre-Sessional English: Intermediate (N/KJP/00178)

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Qualifications Lower intermediate Intermediate
IELTS 4.5 5.0
Cambridge 147-154 155-161
PTE Academic 29-35 36-50
TOEFL 32-43 44-56

Course structure and assessment

Course structure: 10 weeks/20 hours a week

Assessment will be 60% exam and 40% coursework.

Intake dates

  • Welcome Week: 10 June 2024
  • Class commences: 10 June 2024
  • International Application Deadline: 24 April 2024


RM 5000 (does not include the external English tests).

Key information

Pre-Sessional English enquiries