At the University of Nottingham Malaysia, choose from several versatile foundation programmes aimed at helping you prepare for various undergraduate degree programmes. 

Our foundation programmes provide a solid academic grounding and are tailored to meet the requirements of various disciplines. Gain essential academic skills and knowledge, such as critical thinking, research, and problem-solving. Whether you aspire to pursue a degree in business, engineering, arts, or science, we have a foundation programme that will set you on the right path towards achieving your academic goals. Additionally, explore our diverse scholarship options to support your academic journey and unlock opportunities for financial assistance.

We provide two foundation intakes every year, once in April and another in September. Do take a look at the schedule for application deadlines and registration.


What is a foundation programme?

Our foundation programmes are pre-university level programmes designed to enhance the subject basics and learning skills essential for undergraduate study.

We run four distinct programmes divided by subject. Successful completion of your chosen foundation programme will allow you to progress directly onto your selected undergraduate degree.


What will I learn?

You will get the chance to study a variety of subject areas that the Faculty has to offer. This will give you an idea of what degree you may like to progress on to while developing the valuable learning skills necessary to pursue it.


Programme duration

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

Two-semester programme

This 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.

Three-semester programme

This is ideal if you have completed a minimum of 11 years of formal education. 

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

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Our foundation programmes


foundation in arts and education
Foundation in Arts and Education

An entry route to degree programmes offered especially in English, education, international communications and more.

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foundation in business and management
Foundation in Business and Management

An entry route to degree programmes offered especially in business, education, finance and more.

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foundation in engineering
Foundation in Engineering

An entry route to degree programmes offered especially in civil engineering, software engineering, chemical engineering and more.

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foundation in science
Foundation in Science

An entry route to degree programmes offered especially in computer science, biotechnology, psychology, pharmacy and more.

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Foundation programme tuition fees for 2023-2024

Please note that the Foundation fees as listed below are on a per semester basis.

Foundation programmesMalaysian FeesInternational Fees
Arts and Education RM8,900 RM10,900
Business and Management RM8,900 RM10,900 
Engineering RM9,900 RM11,800
Science RM9,900 RM11,495



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centre for english language & foundation education
Centre for English Language & Foundation Education

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Faculty of Science and Engineering
Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Programme enquiries

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What is the duration of the foundation programme?
Foundation programmes at UNM are typically 2 to 3 semesters, depending on the subject and your previous formal education.
What are the benefits of taking a foundation programme?
Enrolling in these programmes helps prepare you for a smooth entry into degree programmes. It provides a strong foundation in essential academic skills in your chosen subject, serving as a powerful stepping stone for your future studies and career.
What are the assessment methods used in undergraduate foundation programmes?
We strive to ensure learning is always dynamic and never tedious. Your understanding of the course material will be evaluated by a well-rounded combination of coursework, group work, examinations, and presentations.
As an international student, can I apply for the foundation programmes?
Yes, international students are welcome to apply.
Does UNM offer part-time foundation programmes in Malaysia?
No, we do not offer part-time options for foundation programmes.
Does UNM offer any scholarships for foundation programmes?
We offer the High Achiever’s Scholarship, which gives students a 25%, 20%, or 15% tuition fee reduction based on your SPM results or equivalent qualifications.