University of Nottingham Malaysia

Foundation in Science


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Fees: Malaysian – RM9,000 per semester, Non-Malaysian – RM10,600 per semester
Mode: 2 or 3 semesters full-time
Intake: 3 semester programme: April / 2 and 3 semester programme: September
Campus: Malaysia

Faculty of Science

Course overview

The Foundation in Science programme at the University of Nottingham Malaysia is a passport to the undergraduate degrees offered by the Faculty of Science. The modules offered are specifically tailored for direct progression to our undergraduate programmes. With plenty of opportunities to interact with students and staff, you will be given the chance to fully explore the Faculty of Science. This will help support you to identify, and then pursue, a degree in the science field of your choice.

To fully prepare you for your chosen area of study, the Foundation in Science has specialist module pathways in biomedical sciences, bioscience, biotechnology, computer science, geography, psychology and pharmacy, as well as covering topics in mathematics, chemistry, and biology. You will also be given extra support in English language and study skills, so you can progress to the undergraduate level with confidence.

What is the Foundation in Science?

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

How you are taught

You will follow a dedicated pathway through the foundation programme, based on your choice of degree programme – for example, psychology or computer science. Additional optional modules give you the opportunity to study science topics outside of your pathway which can provide complementary pathways into other degrees offered by the Faculty of Science.

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 appropriate modules. If you opt for the two-semester programme you would take the appropriate modules for the first and second semesters.

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
3 Semester Entry
SPM/GCSE/IGCSE 5 Bs in relevant academic subjects, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics) 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 including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics) excluding Personal Project. Only one language subject may be considered as an academic subject for admissions.
Canadian Ontario Grade 11 Secondary School

Completion of Grade 11 curriculum with at least 70% in 5 relevant academic subjects, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics)

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

2 Semster Entry  
A Level CCC, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics), excluding critical thinking and general studies
AS Level BBB, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics), excluding critical thinking and general studies
STPM BBB, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics), excluding Pengajian Am
UEC 4 B3s and 1 B4, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (advance mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics) excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
IB Diploma 24 points with 4,4,4 at Higher Level, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics)
SAM or other Australian Matriculations ATAR 74 including mathematics and 2 science subjects
Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

70% average based on 6 subjects,  including mathematics and 2 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 discretion.

High School Diploma (US Style Curriculum) Minimum final GPA 3.0 (out of 4) with grade B in mathematics or pre-calculus and two science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics) in grade 11 or 12

Those who are progressing  to the undergraduate programmes offered by the School of Computer Science will need  a grade B in additional mathematics at SPM/GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent. Applicants who have not taken the additional mathematics subject but have obtained a higher level mathematics, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Foundation in Science leading to MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy (3-Semester entry only)
SPM/GCSE/IGCSE 5 Bs in relevant academic subjects including biology, chemistry, physics and either mathematics or additional mathematics, excluding moral studies and religious studies.
Other Qualifications Acceptance is at the discretion of the School and must meet the prerequisite requirement of the programme
Note: All progressing Foundation candidates into Master of Pharmacy (Honours) are expected to fulfil the English language requirement by the School of Pharmacy at the Malaysia campus.

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.

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 4
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:

English Language and Study Skills

This module provides an introduction to study skills and to academic reading, writing and listening in addition to enhancing English language competency. These introductory subjects prepare students for full participation in their foundation year studies.

Fundamentals of Computing

This module provides an understanding of the basic computer concepts, diversity of peripheral devices available for computer.

Fundamentals of Algebra

The aims of the module are to provide students with knowledge on algebraic rules and indices as well as quadratics and polynomials.

Introduction to Atoms and Bonding

This module provides an introduction to atomic structure as well as atoms, moles and equations. It also offers a basic understanding of chemical bonding and structure, a basic understanding of the periodic table and an introduction to states of matter.

Cells and Molecules

This module provides the basic information of biochemical molecules of life, cellular components and function, movements across membranes and reproduction. It also introduces the relationships and between molecules and cell.

Laboratory Practicals in Science

This module provides the basic information of safety when working in the laboratory, introduction to good laboratory practice and some applied methodologies used in the biological laboratory. It also introduces a platform for students to work in groups to produce project with topics related to biological sciences.

Second semester:

Study Skills for Science

The aims of the module are to provide students with knowledge on good presentation skills, both individual and as a group, as well as effective use of IT packages for delivering presentations. Information retrieval and time management skills will also be developed through this module.


This module provides students with an introduction to set theories as well as a basic understanding of graphs and its transformations.

Ecology, Energy and the Environment

This module provides the basic information on ecology and how the various species of organisms live together in one environment. It also looks at how energy is managed in both mammals and plants. This includes the topics of energy conservation and nutrient recycling as well as the effect of development to the environment.

Physical Chemistry

This module provides students with an introduction to chemical energetics, a basic understanding of redox reactions, an introduction to dynamic equilibria, acids, bases and buffers, as well as a basic understanding of reaction kinetics.

Internet and World Wide Web

This module aims to introduce skills and knowledge on the Internet and World Wide Web and teach students to develop a web site by using HTML and CSS/scripting language.

Fundamentals of Programming

This module provides the basic programming concepts, principles and practice of C programming language.

The Social World and Cognitive Processes

This module considers psychological theories, concepts and applications. It also covers the following core areas of psychology: social psychology, developmental psychology, and psychological methods and statistics.

Third semester:

Elementary Statistics and Probability

This module considers set theory, elementary probability and an introduction to statistics.  It also offers an introduction to complex numbers and a basic understanding of vectors and matrices.

Genetics and Living Systems

This module provides the classic principles of transmission genetics, and conceptual approach of molecular genetics.  This module also covers population genetics in nature, variation and simple genetic engineering techniques.  This module addresses the basics of regulation, coordination and defence, which includes the topics of homeostasis; temperature, water and ion regulations; response and coordination; infectious disease and immunity. 

Scientific Computing

This module aims to develop skills and knowledge on basic level about MATLAB and problem solving by using a structured problem solving approach.

Elementary Linear Algebra

This module aimed at majors in mathematics, the physical sciences and other students interested in applications of mathematics to their disciplines.

Communications and Networks

This module provides the basic concepts of communication technology including: introduction to electronic mass media, computers and consumer electronics and networking technologies. 

Organic Chemistry

This module provides students with an introduction to chemical functional groups, a basic understanding of different types of organic reaction as well as an introduction to spectroscopy of organic molecules. 

Professional Pharmacy

This module introduces students to some of the basic areas of symptom and medicines management. This is achieved through a combination of face-to-face teaching, directed study, community pharmacy placements and project work. 

Understanding the Individual

This module considers psychological theories, concepts and applications.  It also covers the following core areas of psychology: physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and abnormal psychology. 

Introduction to Critical Thought

Introduction to Critical Thought is a module that introduces students to the mental processes underpinning analytical thought and aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and components of analytical thought across various academic disciplines and the ability to apply them.

In particular it focuses on the abilities to problem solve and to present, evaluate, support and defend an academic argument or viewpoint. Students will study the concepts of logic, reason, belief and truth; develop an awareness of thought and problem solving; learn the techniques of persuasion; and investigate academic argumentation across disciplines.

Human Resource and Marketing

This module considers business functions such as human resource, marketing and operations whilst providing students with the opportunity to develop critical understanding of organisations by considering the basic principles of various business functions.



Biomedical Sciences:

For students progressing to Biomedical Sciences:

Our biomedical sciences degree is purposely designed to maximise your career options. It will equip you with skills that enable you to undertake hands-on science careers in research and development in the laboratories of institutions such as universities, public health services and the pharmaceutical industry.

There are also a number of hands-off science career paths, such as scientific journalism, medical information officer and patent advisor. You will also develop abilities across a range of highly-transferable skills such as analytical thinking and critical reasoning will allow you to thrive in a wide range of work sectors from IT to finance.


For students progressing to Biosciences:

There are many different applications from our courses, which may involve agriculture, horticulture, food and food-processing, forest products, marine applications, phytoremediation, pharmaceuticals, medical and non-food uses of plants and industrial crops. Graduates may also choose to develop careers in areas as varied as scientific writing, marketing or education.

Computer Science:

While many computer science graduates are employed in a wide variety of jobs, including:

  • computer analysts
  • IT consultants and planners
  • network/systems designers and engineers
  • researchers
  • software designers and engineers
  • web designers and developers

as well as roles across advertising and marketing, business and financial analysis, legal and quality assurance professions. Some of our graduates have gone on to work for traditional computer companies such as Adobe, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft.


Pharmaceutical scientists are central to the discovery and development of new drugs, formulation science and the design of novel drug delivery systems and therapeutics. Graduates can embark on a range of careers including: research managers in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, chemical or biotechnology industries; academics in institutions of higher education;medical sales and marketing; scientific writing, and other appointments which require a general science background.


Psychologists work in many areas in the public and private sector, from schools and hospitals to management consultancies, high-tech industries and even professional sports teams. Many of our graduates will go on to choose psychology as a career – as researchers and teachers of the subject, or as practitioners in a range of sub-disciplines of psychology, such as clinical and counselling, educational and school, engineering, sports, forensic, health, and industrial/organisational.

Psychology graduates can also progress to a career in research, in either the public sector or the private sector. Research psychologists employed by businesses may work on a wide variety of projects, including creating new ways of targeting advertising campaigns, developing new forms of 3D cinema, and assessing new drugs to treat depression.


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