University of Nottingham Malaysia

Foundation in Business and Management


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Fees: Malaysian – RM7,800 per semester, Non-Malaysian – RM9,500 per semester
Mode: 2 or 3 semesters full-time
Intake: 3 semester programme: April / 2 and 3 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/Spanish (BA)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

3-Semester Entry


5 Bs in relevant academic subjects including mathematics, excluding moral studies and religious studies. Only one language subject may be considered as an academic subject for admissions purposes.
IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) 5,5,5,5,5 in relevant academic subjects including mathematics, excluding Personal Project. Only one language subject may be considered as an academic subject for admissions purposes.
Canadian Ontario Grade 11 Secondary School

Completion of Grade 11 curriculum with at least 70% in 5 relevant academic subjects, including mathematics.

Canadian Grade 11 from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements.

2-Semester Entry  
A Level CCC, excluding critical thinking and general studies
AS Level BBB, excluding critical thinking and general studies
STPM BBB, excluding Pengajian Am.
UEC 4 B3s and 1 B4, including mathematics, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.
IB Diploma 24 points with 4,4,4 at Higher Level, including mathematics.
SAM or other Australian Matriculations ATAR 74 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects) 
Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

70% average based on 6 subjects with at least 60% in mathematics of data management.

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other privinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements.

High School Diploma (US style curriculum) Minimum GPA 3.0 (out of 4) with Grade B in mathematics or pre-calculus in grade 11 or grade 12

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE/High School Diploma or equivalent must have grade B 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. Acceptance is at the discretion of the University.

English language requirements
IELTS:  6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT):  79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
PTE (Academic): 55 (with no less than 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 3


IELTS, TOEFL and PTE test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

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.




Typical core modules

  • Business Accounting
  • Business and Management in a Global Context
  • Communication Networks
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Critical thinking and Study Skills
  • Elementary Economics and Mathematical Skills
  • Fundamentals of Economics
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Quantitative Methods for Business

Typical optional modules

  • Foundations in Communications, Politics and Media
  • Introduction to Language and Literature
  • Introduction to Law
  • Principles of Applied Psychology
  • Social Sustainability
  • The World Economy


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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Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
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