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Foundation in Science

Offered by: Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
Exam BodyInternal Qualifications, Malaysia
Course Duration1 year (3 semesters)
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)32,700/course
CampusHeriot-Watt University Malaysia
FacultyMalaysia Foundation Programme
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyPre-University/Foundation Studies
Field of StudyPre-University Programme / University Foundation Studies
Study Abroad PathwayNo
Course Description

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.

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 & Electronic Engineering
  • BEng (Hons)/MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons)/MEng Petroleum Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Management
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

*Some degree programmes are subject to MOE approval and may change.



Programme content

The programme content is taught over three semesters (18, 14, 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.

Academic English & study skills

You will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including learning and motivation, time management, reading strategies and communication skills across three courses:

  • Academic English
  • Academic English for Science
  • Study Skills and Transition to University Degree Study


You will develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques and apply these to solving problems, frequently drawn from practical and relevant real-life situations. You will look at functions and their graphical representations and will develop the tools of calculus, matrix algebra, and differential equations to relate the properties of mathematical models to the physical world.


You will cover electromagnetic and sound waves, wave properties (reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction) Newton’s equations of motion, energy, states of matter (solids, liquids and gases), and the structure of the atom. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of electrical charge and current and, potential difference, resistance, capacitance, transistors and amplifiers, electrical, gravitational, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields.


You will learn about atomic structure, the elements and the Periodic Table, chemical formulae and equations, and an introduction to chemical bonding, redox reactions, equilibrium processes, chemical kinetics and organic chemistry, particularly hydrocarbons.


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)

Intake MonthsApr, Jul, Sep

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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