Foundation in Engineering


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Fees: Malaysian – RM9,390 per semester, Non-Malaysian – RM10,640 per semester
Intake: 3-semester programme: April and July / 2-semester programme: September
Campus: Malaysia

Faculty of Engineering

Course overview

The Foundation in Engineering programme at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is an excellent access route to the undergraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering. By enrolling in the programme you will have a direct path towards a range of three-year BEng and four-year MEng undergraduate degree programmes in a number of engineering disciplines. Upon successful completion of the programme, progression to an undergraduate-level programme is automatic and unconditional.

Modules are taught by staff members who specialise in pre-university education, many of whom are active in research. You will therefore experience a gradual transition from secondary to tertiary-level education. You will have opportunities to interact with students and lecturers across the Faculty of Engineering Faculty, and the experience will help you to make an informed decision on the branch of engineering that you would like to pursue. 

What is the Foundation in Engineering?

The foundation programme runs full-time for either three semesters or two semesters. 

  • The three-semester programme is ideal if you have completed a minimum of 11 years of formal education. 
  • 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.

After you have successfully completed the foundation programme you can go on to study one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

How you are taught

The Foundation aims to give you a broad understanding of the fundamentals of engineering as well as a solid grounding in mathematics and other subjects that will allow you to successfully proceed to the undergraduate level.

As an engineering student you will spend a significant amount of time performing lab work, as well as participating in tutorials,written assignments, and attending lectures. There is a strong emphasis on the teaching of the mathematical and physical sciences. You will also be introduced to computer language and programmes, as well as study and research techniques essential for undergraduate level courses.

Course structure

Each semester consists of 15 weeks, with 10-12 weeks of teaching and two weeks of examinations. If you study for the three-semester programme, you would take all modules. If you opt for the two-semester programme you would take the modules for the second and third semesters. All modules are compulsory.

The Foundation programme has three annual intakes.  The three-semester programme commences in April and July; the two-semester programmes starts in September.

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 areas for progression:

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
3 Semester Programme (Intakes in April and July)
SPM or equivalent A minimum of 2 B+s in mathematics and additional mathematics and 3 Bs, including physics and chemistry
GCSE/IGCSE A minimum of 1 A in mathematics and 4 Bs including physics and chemistry
UEC A minimum of 6 Bs including mathematics, physics and chemistry
2 Semester Programme (Intake in September)
Applicants who have successfully completed 12 years of schooling at an appropriate standard (definitions will vary according to school system) maybe accepted into the two-semester programme.
English language requirements
IELTS:  6.0 (no elements below 5.5)
TOEFL (iBT):  79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening,
18 in reading, 20 in Speaking)
PTE (Academic): 55 (minimum 51)
SPM:  grade B+
GCE-O-Level (1119): grade C
GCSE/IGCSE:  grade C
IGCSE (first language): grade C
IGCSE (second language): grade B
UEC:  grade B3
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test
Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.




First semester:

  • Basic Engineering Mechanics A
  • English Language and Study Skills 1
  • Foundation Algebra
  • Foundation Chemistry
  • Light, Waves and Electrons
  • Pre-Calculus

Second semester:

  • Calculus 1
  • Computer Methods
  • Electricity and Magnetism A
  • Mathematical Techniques
  • Study Skills
  • Thermal Science A

Third semester:

  • Applied Algebra for Engineers
  • Calculus 2
  • Introduction to C Programming
  • Thermal Science B

Plus two of the following optional modules:

  • Basic Engineering Mechanics B
  • Electricity and Magnetism B
  • Data Gathering and Communications


Civil Engineering:

Civil engineers are needed all over the world in design, construction and management positions. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to embark on a career in civil engineering, or other disciplines that require numerate, problem-solving graduates, perfectly prepared to find employment across specialties including structural design, construction, geotechnical, water resources, transportation,and urban planning.

The MEng course is designed to produce graduates with leadership potential, providing the breadth and depth of knowledge to reach the top in their chosen career.

Chemical & Environmental Engineering:

You will be equipped for a career in chemical engineering, working as a professional in areas such as process and product design or plant management, or for work in other disciplines benefiting from the technical and problem-solving skills you have acquired.

As a Nottingham chemical engineering graduate you will be highly sought-after by companies worldwide. With our unique combinations of chemical and environmental engineering, we are well placed to provide multi-skilled graduates to work in a diverse range of industries including energy, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and environmental services, as well as government agencies and departments around the world.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering:

Electrical and electronic engineering continue to be buoyant industries. Many of our graduates pursue engineering careers in a range of industries, such as electrical and electronic design, manufacturing, power plants, devices and systems design and development, electrical and electronic equipment and systems design and fabrication, and transmission. Others enter the management and commerce sector, or software and IT. Some also choose to continue their studies with further education.

A degree from Nottingham has a high reputation within the electrical and electronic engineering industry, and industry and finance generally, opening up a world of opportunity and prospects. In recent years the majority of our graduates have quickly found career employment with over 97 per cent of our graduates starting work or registering for further study, within three months of graduation.

Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering:

We aim to prepare you for an exciting career, and when you graduate you will be an independent professional highly sought after by employers. As a graduate of one of the best mechanical engineering departments in the world, your Nottingham qualification will give you the freedom to choose from a range of exciting opportunities.

Graduates of our courses become mechanical, sales, design or maintenance engineers in a range of sectors. These include power generation, civil structure, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, chemical, computers, marine, bioengineering and paper. Those choosing the MEng route can also become project managers.


Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000 
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
fax: +6 03 8924 8001 (Malaysia)/8005 (International)

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