University of Nottingham Malaysia

Foundation in Business and Management


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Fees: Malaysian – RM7,750 per semester, Non-Malaysian – RM8,950 per semester
Intake: 3-semester programme: April and September / 2-semester programme: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The Foundation in Business and Management is run by the Centre for English Language & Foundation Education (CELFE), and aimed at International and Malaysian students who would like a solid preparation for Undergraduate study.

The course is a combination of academic skills and content specific modules, providing an introductory grounding in social sciences as well as challenging work on critical thinking, academic literacy and communication skills. The emphasis on English for Academic Purposes will enable you to express complex ideas in a concise and appropriate way.

How you are taught

Lectures are typically two-hour sessions. During these sessions, you will become familiar with the subject’s main theoretical concepts and ideas. Academic tutorials are held so you can participate in class discussions, improveyour presentation skills and apply theoretical concepts to practical issues. In addition, lab work, tutorials and assignments will be key parts of your learning experience and assessment. All core modules are compulsory. You can also select optional modules relating to your preferred undergraduate course. 

Course structure

Each semester consists of 10-12 weeks of teaching and an additional one to three weeks of assessment. Your foundation route depends on your skills and the amount of formal education you have undertaken. The three-semester programme is ideal if you have completed a minimum of 11 years of formal education, whereas the two-semester programme is suitable if you have completed at least 12 years of formal education but need to enhance your skills in order to undertake an undergraduate degree. If you study for the three-semester programme you will take all modules, and if you take the two-semester programme you will take all modules offered in the second and third semesters.

Progressing to degree level

On successful completion of the Foundation programme, you can choose from the following undergraduate courses depending on your academic performance and interest.

Primary courses for progression:

  • Applied Psychology and Management Studies (BSc)
  • Business Economics and Finance (BSc)
  • Business Economics and Management (BSc)
  • Economics (BSc)
  • Economics and International Economics (BSc)
  • Finance, Accounting and Management (BSc)
  • International Business Management (BSc)
  • Management (BSc)

Alternative pathways for progression:

  • International Communication Studies (BA)
  • International Communication Studies with English Language and Literature (BA)
  • International Communication Studies with Film and Television Studies (BA)
  • International Relations (BA)
  • International Relations with French/German/Japanese/Korean/Mandarin/Spanish (BA)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Applicants who have completed 12 years of education (definitions will vary according to school system) and met the entry requirements may be eligible to apply for the two semester programme.  

Business and Management


A minimum of 6 Bs including mathematics, excluding religious studies and moral studies
IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) 5,5,5,5,5,5 in relevant academic subjects including mathematics, excluding general studies. Languages may be considered as relevant academic subjects but should not exceed two subjects
STPM 3 Bs, excluding Pengajian Am
UEC A minimum of 6 Bs, including mathematics, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
IB Diploma 24 points with 4,4,4 at Higher Level and 5 points in mathematics at Standard Level or 4 points at Higher Level
SAM or other Australian Matriculations ATAR 74 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects) 
Canadian (CIMP/ICPU) Minimum GPA 3.0 (out of 4) with Grade B in mathematics and two science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics) plus, 610 in evidence-based reading & writing and 570 in mathematics in SATr. Applicants who have slightly missed the individual evidence-based reading & writing score but have met the overall score of 1180 will be considered on a case-by-case basis
High School Diploma plus College Admissions Tests (US Style Curriculum) A minimum GPA 3.0 (out of 4)  with grade B in mathematics and two science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics) plus, 610 in evidence-based reading & writing and 570 in mathematics in SATr. Applicants who have slightly missed the individual mathematics score but have met the overall score of 1180 will be considered on case-by-case basis

In addition to the  entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent must have grade C in mathematics.

Applicants who have successfully completed 12 years of education (definitions will vary according to school system) and meet the entry requirements for the programme, may be eligible to apply for the two semester programme.

English language requirements
IELTS:  6.0 (no element below 5.5)
TOEFL (iBT):  79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
PTE (Academic): 55 (minimum 51 in each element)
SPM:  Grade B+
1119 (GCE-O): Grade C
GCSE O Level:  Grade C
IGCSE (first language): Grade C
IGCSE (second language): Grade B
UEC:  grade B3
MUET Band 4
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test.
We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.




First semester:

  • Fundamentals of Markets*
  • Introductory Algebra*
  • Business Organisations*
  • Introduction to Social Science*
  • Writing for Academic Purposes*
  • Fundamentals of Computing*

Second semester:

    • Fundamentals of Business Economics*
    • Foundations of Management*
    • Business Discourse*
    • Introductory Calculus*
    • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting*
    • Person and Society
    • The Making of the Modern World
    • Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) [restricted]

Third semester:

  • Fundamentals of Macroeconomics*
  • HRM and Marketing*
  • Introductory Probability and Statistics*
  • Operations Management and Business Finance*
  • Introduction to Legal Concepts
  • Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
  • The World Economy
  • Groups and Interpersonal Dynamics
  • LEAP Forward [restricted]

1. Optional modules are in italic
2. Modules different from Special September intake are in * 


The Business and Management Foundation Programme is the primary pathway for students wishing to enter Business School.  Students may also progress into alternatively pathways offered by the following schools: 



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