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Foundation In Business

Offered by: Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
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Exam BodyInternal Qualifications, Malaysia
Course Duration1 year (3 semesters)
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)29,250/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
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Course Description

The Foundation in Business and Design 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 (Actuarial Science route requirements apply)
  • BBA (Hons) Business Administration
  • MA (Hons) Accounting and Business Finance
  • MA (Hons) Business and Finance
  • MA (Hons) Business Management
  • MA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing
  • MA (Hons) Business Management with Human Resource Management
  • MA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise
  • MA (Hons) International Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Management

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



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 and 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 Businesss and Design
  • Study Skills and Transition to University Degree Study

Accounting and Finance

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of financial accounting and management accounting and the application of various accounting practices and conventions.

Business Management

You will be taught to understand the importance of business and enterprise in contemporary society, the key functional areas of activity in a business, the different types of business, and how business and organisational objectives may differ.


(excluding Actuarial Science route)

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the use of economic theory to explain and analyse economic issues, the basic economic problem of the allocation of scarce resources among alternative uses and how this is fundamental to the study of economics, and the national and international economic environment.


(Actuarial Science route only)

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.

Entry Requirements

Minimum 5 credits (C’s), in SPM or O-Levels, including English and Mathematics or other relevant subjects - or equivalent global qualifications.

IB MYP: 3 subjects with Grade 6 (English and Maths) and 2 subjects with Grade 5

Intake MonthsApr, Jul, Sep

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

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