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Foundation In Business

Offered by: Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

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Exam BodyInternal Qualifications, Malaysia
Course Duration1 year
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Fees (International Student)30,420
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
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Course Description

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)
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Computing 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 (Statistical Data Science route requirements apply)

The programme content is taught over three semesters (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/ Statistical Data 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

Mandatory January

  • Principles of Economics
  • Academic Skills

Optional January

  • Contemporary Business
  • Essential Mathematics for Sc
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Discovering Psychology
  • Object Oriented Programming

Mandatory (January) April

  • Microeconomics and Policy
  • Foundation English

Optional (January) April

  • Financial Accounting
  • Psychology and the Human Mind
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Foundations of Management
  • Data Structures and Software Design

Mandatory (April) July

  • Macroeconomics and Global Economics
  • Foundation English for Business

Optional (April) July

  • Advanced Mathematics for Science
  • Research in Action
  • Management Accounting
  • Business and the World
  • Web Development and Databases
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. 

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

Intake Months

January, April, July, September

Career Prospects

Sept, Dec, Jan, April, July

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

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