University of Nottingham Malaysia
Foundation Studies


Foundation programmes

The University of Nottingham Foundation Programmes are pre-university level courses that provide students with the skills to successfully undertake rigourous undergraduate degree programmes at one of the world's best universities.


These courses are specifically designed for students who have completed a minimum of 11 years of formal education and obtained good grades in high school leaving examinations; such as Malaysian SPM, International GCSE or GCE O-level, but do not have the required level of qualification for direct admission into undergraduate programmes.

The Foundation Programme has three aims:

  • To increase academic knowledge and study skills
  • To improve English Language competence
  • To help students adapt to university life

All Foundation students have the same access to university facilities as undergraduate and postgraduate students and play a full part in the University community. Successful completion of your chosen Foundation Programme can lead to direct-entry onto your chosen undergraduate degree. 

Whilst all Foundation programmes have an English language component, each Foundation course is designed to target the specific needs of the student. For example, the Foundation in Science covers topics such as mathematics, biology, psychology and computing; whilst the Foundation in Arts focuses largely on language and communication skills. We also seek to guide students through non-academic tutorials which expose students to topical issues for discussion and assist students on a one-to-one basis on personal or academic issues. 


In order to accommodate the high demand for our Foundation programmes we have three annual intakes.
For students wishing to participate in the three-semester programme, we have intakes in April and July.  For students opting for the two-semester programme, annual intake is in September. 

Each semester consists of 15 weeks, 10-12 teaching weeks followed by 2 weeks of examinations.

Please visit our Foundation Pragrammes website for entry requirements, fees and application deadlines.

We offer four faculty-based Foundation Programmes:





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