University of Nottingham Malaysia

Foundation in Engineering


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Fees: Malaysian – RM9,900 per semester, Non-Malaysian – RM11,800 per semester
Mode: 2 or 3 semesters full-time
Intake: 3 semester programme: April and June / 2 and 3 semester programme: September
Campus: Malaysia

Faculty of Engineering

Course overview

The Foundation in Engineering programme at the University of Nottingham Malaysia 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:

Alternative pathways for progression:

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
3 Semester Entry
SPM 5 Bs including additional mathematics, mathematics and physics, excluding moral studies and religious studies. Consideration to be made based on relevant subjects.
GCSE/IGCSE 1 A in mathematics and 4 Bs including physics. Consideration to be made based on relevant subjects. Applicants who have fallen short in obtaining the minimum mathematics grade requirement by a very narrow margin, but have obtained grade B in additional mathematics will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) 6 in mathematics and 5,5,5,5 including physics, excluding Personal Project. Consideration to be made based on relevant subjects.
Canadian Ontario Grade 11 Seconday School

70% average with 75% in relevant academic subjects (including mathematics and physics)

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

2 Semester Entry

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

70% average based on 6 subjects, including Advanced Functions, Calculus, Vectors and relevant science subjects. Consideration to be made based on relevant individual grades if specific subjects are required.

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

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

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 entry. Acceptance is at the discretion of the University.

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.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements
IELTS (Academic):  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): 65 (with no less than 59 in each element)
SPM:  grade B+
GCE-O-Level (1119): grade C
GCSE/IGCSE:  grade C
IGCSE (first language): grade C
IGCSE (second language): grade B
MUET: Band 4
UEC:  grade B3

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (academic) 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.




First semester:

  • Computer Methods for Engineers
  • Light, Waves and Electrons
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Study Skills for Engineers

Second semester:

  • Calculus
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mechanics and Matter
  • Mathematics for Engineers

Third semester:

Typical core modules:

  • Advanced Calculus
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Thermal Physics and Circular Motion

Typical optional modules

You may choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Applications of Electromagnetism
  • Thermal Chemistry


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