The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (R/010/3/0223)(FA3952) 07/23
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.


  • Contact

    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus

  • Telephone

    +603 8894 3888

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The Foundation in Science 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
  • BEng (Hons)/MEng Chemical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons)/MEng Civil Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
  • BEng (Hons)/MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BEng (Hons)/MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons)/MEng Petroleum Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Management
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • 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.

Next sessions:

15 April 2019 or 8 July 2019


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 (each semester is 14 weeks) through lectures, seminars and group work. You will be supported and mentored throughout your studies to ensure a smooth academic and cultural transition to higher education, and the British university style of teaching and learning. All the subjects relate directly to the progression degrees offered with strong emphasis on English language skills appropriate to the pathway (spoken, written and academic English). You will develop an awareness of the links between the subjects and the world of work in general.

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 learn

  • Essential Mathematics for Science
  • Fundamentals of Physics
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Academic Skills
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Further Mechanics
  • Chemistry in Materials
  • Foundation English
  • Advanced Mathematics for Science
  • Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics
  • Organics and Chemical
  • Energetics
  • Foundation English for Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

  • Minimum 5 credits (C’s), in SPM or O-Levels, including Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Additional Mathematics - or equivalent global qualifications.
  • IB MYP: 3 subjects with Grade 6 (English, Maths & Physics/ Chemistry) & 2 subjects with Grade 5 (Add Maths & Physics/Chemistry)
  • 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.