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
Versant  33 39
Course structure and assessment

Course structure: 10 weeks/20 hours a week

Assessment will be 60% exam and 40% coursework.

Intake dates
  • April intake (Lower Intermediate): 2 April – 8 June
  • June intake (Intermediate): 18 June – 24 August
  • Oct intake (Intermediate): 1 October – 7 December

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

How do I apply?

If you have not taken an English external test, you have the option to take a Versant English placement test at selected agent offices. A complete list can be obtained from our Education Consultants.

We accept you into PSEP should you make the minimum score below:

  • Lower Intermediate: 33
  • Intermediate: 39

For more information on how to apply for our courses together with the PSEP, email us at

Pre-Sessional English Programme Waiver

Receive an RM5000 waiver for our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) when you apply for any of our Undergraduate programmes before 21 June 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

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