The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (R/010/3/0240)(FA4351) 03/24
Delivery type
3 semesters
Intake date
April, July, September

The Foundation Programme introduces you to the style of teaching that best prepares you for degree level studies with lectures, tutorials and seminars.


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    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus

  • Telephone

    +603 8894 3888

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The Foundation in Business is a focused programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training designed to provide you with a direct route into a professionally relevant and internationally recognised degree at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

The tailored programme of courses is a direct pathway to your choice of a range of professionally relevant degrees. The focused academic content is taught in a way that introduces you to independent learning. Your development is monitored through regular assessments and feedback.

On achieving the required grades to complete the programme successfully you will progress to your chosen degree, in one of these subjects, starting in September of the following year:

  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science (Actuarial Science route requirements apply)
  • BBA (Hons) Business Administration
  • MA (Hons) Accounting and Business Finance
  • MA (Hons) Business and Finance
  • MA (Hons) International Business Management
  • MA (Hons) International Business Management with Marketing
  • MA (Hons) International Business Management with Human Resource Management
  • MA (Hons) International Business Management with Enterprise
  • MA (Hons) International Business Management with Year Abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Management.
  • BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science

Youth Transformation Programme

Students considering our Foundation programme are exclusively invited to our Youth Transformation Programme (YTP). Come and enjoy a highly motivating programme that will help you develop and achieve your full potential in areas such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking and communication. The YTP aims to better prepare you for the Foundation and later your undergraduate studies. The programme is conducted twice a year before orientation for the Foundation programme begins.




Our academic staff are not only teaching professionals but are also key to the student support system. From day one you will be introduced to a member of the teaching team
who will be your mentor and will be able to provide general guidance and support.

University-style teaching

The Foundation Programme introduces you to the style of teaching that best prepares you for degree level studies with lectures, tutorials and seminars.

Our intensive and focused programme enables
you to:

  • transition seamlessly into degree-level studies
  • make an informed choice about your degree
  • develop independent learning skills through our problem-based and student-centric learning approaches
  • learn to work in groups, conduct research and deliver presentations.

Successful completion of the Foundation programme enables entry to the first year of your
undergraduate degree at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia or the equivalent level offered in the UK and Dubai campuses.

Course content

The programme content is taught over three semesters (14, 14, 14 weeks) through lectures, seminars and group work. All the courses taught are designed to directly relate to the progression degrees offered on your choice of programme; the Foundation in Science, the Foundation in Business or its Actuarial Science route.

You will learn to use English effectively to perform a variety of academic tasks, such as delivering oral presentations, managing group discussions, conducting research, and writing essays. You will also be exposed to a range of study skills essential to succeed at university.

Courses you will study

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Principles of Economics
  • Contemporary Business
  • Academic Skills
  • Financial Accounting
  • Microeconomics and Policy
  • Foundations of Management
  • Foundation English
  • Management Accounting
  • Macroeconomics and Global
  • Economic Issues
  • Business and the World
  • Foundation English for Business
  • Essential Mathematics for Science (Actuarial Science route)
  • Mathematics for Science (Actuarial Science route)
  • Advanced Mathematics for Science (Actuarial Science route)

Entry requirements

  • Minimum 5 credits (C’s), in SPM or O-Levels, including English and Mathematics or other relevant subjects - or equivalent global qualifications.
  • Actuarial Science route requires minimum 5 credits (C’s), in SPM or O-Levels, including English, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics - or other equivalent global qualifications.
  • IB MYP: 3 subjects with Grade 6 (English and Maths) and 2 subjects with Grade 5 (For Actuarial Science route, requires a Grade 5 for a subject equivalent to Add Maths)
  • Conditional offers will be made to students with forecast results. Advance standing may be available for those with appropriate pre-university qualifications. Final results need to be submitted before programme commencement.

Note: Progression to your chosen undergraduate programme may require pre-requisite subjects with specific grades at the SPM/O-Level/Equivalent levels in addition to your Foundation results. 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then evidence of proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5 is required.

If you do not have IELTS 5.5, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.


View our tuition fees for this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of scholarships and sponsored scholarships.