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WHY CHOOSE HERIOT-WATT?

In joining us you will become an integral part of that community where we inspire curiosity to learn and find solutions that transform lives. You will be part of a truly global university, with around 28,000 students, five campuses and over 100 learning partners worldwide. You will join scholars who are leaders in ideas and solutions, delivering innovation, educational excellence and ground-breaking research.

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Global campuses

A truly international university with five global campuses, partners in over 100 countries and approximately 27,000 students studying worldwide.

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Graduate-level jobs

Over 90% of our students are in graduate-level jobs or further study six months after completing their programme and are actively sought by global industry.

Our Impact

A world-leading university with strong links to international business and industry. We attract leaders in ideas and solutions tackling real-world challenges.

Our Facilities

We have excellent facilities, highly rated teaching and world-leading research activity, which together provide an exceptional learning and teaching experience. You will have the opportunity to realise your potential by gaining the knowledge and skills needed to achieve your career aspirations.

RESPONSIVE BLENDED LEARNING

Responsive Blended Learning (RBL) combines active, supported online learning with contextually appropriate face-to-face learning opportunities, responding dynamically to the changing external context. This approach enables students to proceed with their studies alongside their peers, whatever pandemic-related restrictions are lifted or imposed in specific contexts.

At the heart of the RBL approach is our Heriot-Watt global learning community, our students and our staff collaborating together to inspire learning.

Foundation in Science
KPT/JPS (R/010/3/0223)(FA3952) 07/23

Intake: April/July/September

Get ahead of your peers, with this fast-tracked intake for science related degrees, where your second year will commence in September 2023.

Our Foundation Programme introduces you to the style of teaching that best prepares you for degree level studies with lectures, tutorials and seminars such as the ones below.

How do I progress to Degree with Foundation programme?

DATA SCIENCE PROGRAMMES

Statistical Data Science, BSc (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/462/6/0014) (PA 8513) 06/22

Overview

The applications of statistical data science range from economics and medicine to social and environmental sciences. Our BSc in Statistical Data Science provides a blend of both theoretical and applied elements of modern statistics, and aims to give students the training in modelling, analysing and interpreting real data that is required in the economy, industry and research. The first year of the programme covers basic mathematics, probability and statistics. The final two years focus on specialist topics of statistical modelling and advanced courses in mathematics and data science. A variety of statistical computer packages are used.

Accreditation

Our programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. It is possible for students who have completed the programme to apply for some exemptions from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) professional examinations.

Career Opportunities

Due to the near-universal relevance of statistical modelling, career opportunities exist for suitably qualified statisticians in a wide variety of areas, notably, business, insurance, financial consulting, market research, government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and scientific research in areas such as environmental science.

Core Courses

Year 1
  • Probability and Statistics A & B
  • Linear Algebra
  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics A & B
  • Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis A & B
  • Algorithmic and Scientific Programming

Optional and elective courses available for Year 1 include: Finance and Financial Reporting, Operations Management

Year 2
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Statistical Models A & B
  • Statistics for Social Science
  • Survival Models
  • Bayesian Inference & Computational Methods

Optional courses available in Year 2 include - Portfolio Theory and Asset Models, Derivative Markets and Discrete-time Finance, Ordinary Differential Equations. Elective course - Human Resource Management.

Year 3
  • Optimisation
  • Statistical Dissertation A & B
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Time Series

Optional courses available in Year 3 include - Continuous-Time Finance, Data Assimilation, Risk Theory, Statistics Special Topic, Risk Management: Techniques and Tools. Elective course - Project Management.

Entry Requirements

  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Science: ABBC – A in Mathematics, B in Physics, B in Chemistry, C in Academic English/Study Skills
  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Business Actuarial Science route: ABBC – A in Mathematics, B in Accountancy and Finance, B in Business Management, C in Academic English/Study Skills
  • A-Level/STPM: ABB including A in Mathematics
  • UEC: 8 points or less including A1 in Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • *WACE/SACE: ATAR 90 (WACE: Minimum 80% in Mathematics/SACE: Minimum 17.0 in Mathematics)
  • Diploma with high level of attainment in mathematics recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.
  • Any other relevant qualification with high level of attainment in mathematics recognised by the Malaysian Government

*Maybe subject to additional school assessment.

Intake: September
Duration: Full-time, 3 years

View our tuition fees for this course.

Actuarial Science, BSc (Hons)
KPT/JPS (R/462/6/008) (FA4167) 06/24

Entry Requirements

  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Science: ABBC – A in Mathematics, B in Physics, B in Chemistry, C in Academic English/Study Skills
  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Business Actuarial Science route: ABBC – A in Mathematics, B in Accountancy and Finance, B in Business Management, C in Academic English/Study Skills
  • A-Level/STPM: ABB including A in Mathematics
  • UEC: 8 points or less including A1 in Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • WACE/SACE: ATAR 90
  • Diploma with high level of attainment in mathematics recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.
  • Any other relevant qualification with high level of attainment in mathematics recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.

Intake: September
Duration: Full-time, 3 years

View our tuition fees for this course.

Overview

Actuaries manage risk and uncertainty and evaluate the likely impact of future events. Heriot-Watt’s Actuarial Science programme is world-famous for its excellence. It contains all the courses that are essential for ensuring a flying start to a career as an actuary whilst at the same time fostering highly transferable mathematical skills.

If you excel at mathematics, enjoy problem solving and are looking for a degree that will prepare you for a rewarding career – both intellectually and financially – Actuarial Science could be the programme for you.

Accreditation

This programme is one of the few in Malaysia which is fully accredited by the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). Good performance means exemptions from the Core Principles subjects (CS1, CS2, CM1, CM2, CB1, CB2), giving prospective actuaries an advantage over those in other mathematics based programmes. The degree is also accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Additionally, we are also recognised by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) under Universities & Colleges with Actuarial Programs - Advanced Curriculum (UCAP-AC) which is the highest level of recognition in Malaysia.

Career Opportunities

Employment prospects are good, with excellent financial rewards. Our students readily find work as trainee actuaries and graduates are also well-equipped for more general careers like accountancy, banking, stockbroking or teaching. What’s more, actuarial skills are appreciated anywhere in the world.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and project work. Course assessment is generally based on either coursework or an exam at the end of the semester, or a mixture of the two at the end of the semester or academic year.

Core Courses

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BSc (Hons) Computing Science
KPT/JPS (N/481/6/0833) (PA14530) 06/26

New!

Overview

In the current era of digital revolution, computer scientists and software engineers can be found at the forefront, driving latest developments in a broad range of fields such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, bioinformatics, healthcare, and data informatics.

Our BSc Computing Science degree focuses on software development and algorithms, with the aim of constructing robust and usable systems for industry and commerce. As well as looking at cutting edge tools and techniques, it’s designed to help you build the next generation of software tools that other system constructors will use. The course aims to give a well-integrated balance of theoretical underpinnings and practical experience, strongly informed by the research expertise of our academic staff.

The programme consists of core computer science, information technology and mathematics units in Year 1 and 2. Students in Year 3 will take highly specialised units including three elective units and will also be conducting a year-long individual final-year dissertation project. Students will also undertake an industrial training programme between Year 2 and 3.

Accreditation

In accordance with our normal practice our professionally orientated programmes are designed to meet the educational requirements for membership of relevant professional institutions. In addition to recognition within Malaysia, we seek accreditation by the relevant UK or international professional bodies in accordance with their standard procedures.

We are also currently in the process of obtaining accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT, UK.

Career Opportunities

The present global demand for computing skills presents numerous career opportunities in software and technology sectors, and also supports many other industries such as financial services, telecommunications, retail and manufacturing. Employment prospects are good, with excellent financial rewards and career pathway. Our students will be well-equipped for a broad range of technical jobs from software developers and system analysts to machine learning/AI engineers. Our graduates will also be prepared for more general careers like project management, IT consultancy, teaching or research.

Core Courses

Year 1
  • Semester 1:
    • Software Development A
    • Software Development B
    • Mathematics for Computer Science
    • Intro to Interaction Design
  • Semester 2:
    • Introduction to Computer Systems
    • Software Design
    • Data Structures and Algorithms
    • Database Management Systems
Year 2
  • Semester 1:
    • Software Engineering
    • Data Communications & Networking
    • Foundations 1
    • Programming Languages
  • Semester 2:
    • Professional Development
    • Operating Systems & Concurrency
    • Foundations 2
    • Hardware-Software Interface
  • Semester 3:
    • Industrial Training (Summer internship)
Year 3
  • Semester 1:
    • Research Methods & Requirements Engineering
    • Computer Network Security
    • Foundations 1
    • Option 1*
  • Semester 2:
    • Design & Implementation
    • Project Testing and Presentation
    • Artificial Intelligence and Agents
    • Option 2*
    • Option 3*
  • Options:
    • Language Processors, Distributed & Parallel Technologies, Big Data Management (also on the DS degree), Data Mining and Machine Learning, Biologically Inspired Computing, 3D Graphics and Animation, Intelligent Robotics, Statistical Modelling & Analytics, Applied Text Analytics, Data Visualisation Analytics, Computer Games Programming
    Notes:
    • Industrial Training is the compulsory internship during the summer break between Years 2 and 3;
    • Software Engineering and Professional Development are group project courses (linked over the whole year);
    • Research Methods & Requirements Engineering, Design & Implementation and Project Testing & Presentation are courses corresponding to one individual whole year project.
    • Students can select Year 3 Options from the given list of courses, subject to availability of subject on offer.

    Entry Requirements

    • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Science or Foundation in Business: BBCC including B in Mathematics
    • A-Level/STPM: BBB including B in Mathematics
    • UEC: 12 points or less including A in Mathematics (5 subjects not less than B grade)
    • CPU: 80% including B in Mathematics
    • WACE/SACE: ATAR 80 including B in Mathematics
    • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 8.0 in Mathematics
    • IB Diploma: Minimum 5 in HL Mathematics
    • Diploma with high level of attainment in computing and/or IT and/or mathematics recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.
    • Any other relevant qualification with high level of attainment in computing and/or IT and/or mathematics recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.

    *Maybe subject to additional school assessment.

    Intake: September
    Duration: Full-time, 3 years

    View our tuition fees for this course.

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    Scholarships and Bursaries

    At Heriot-Watt, we believe that a university education is an investment in your future. In order to help with your finances, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance to qualifying students.

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    High Achiever's Scholarships to Undergraduate

    A range of scholarships to high achievers based on the tier below to our undergraduate programmes.

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    Financial Hardship Scholarships

    Fee waiver of 50% or 100% off total tuition fees to students pursuing both Foundation and Undergraduate studies.

    Partner Scholarships

    We partner with industry, foundation and organisations to offer 50% to 100% scholarships to study at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

    Empower Programme

    The EmPOWER Programme is a 4-level structured programme anchored by six developmental domains. These are designed to deliver experiential learning opportunities that provide a lifelong foundation for building emotional intelligence, resilience, and happiness.

    The first level, known as Watt Level of the EmPOWER Programme is compulsory for all students and will be offered in their first year of undergraduate degree studies. Watt Level focuses on Leading Self and Defining Impact and is delivered through POWER talk sessions conducted by a panel of experienced POWER speakers. The other three levels (Kilowatt, Megawatt and Gigawatt) are achieved through a more personalised approach developed by students with their Personal Tutors.

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    OUR RANKINGS

    WHAT OUR GRADUATES SAY

    The phrase goes by - See it to believe it. I can ramble pages on how Heriot-Watt has been an amazing part of my study experience but in order for you to understand what I mean, you have to experience it yourself.

    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
    Farzana Aida Zurailan

    BSC (Hons) Actuarial Science

    I always look at myself as a problem-solving person, and the Actuarial Science programme offered in Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is a great platform for me to flourish my forte. Also, it gives me opportunities to learn alongside people from various backgrounds.

    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
    Oscar Tan Kah Jie

    BSC (Hons) Actuarial Science

    WHERE IS HERIOT-WATT MALAYSIA?

    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s campus is based in the modern garden-city of Putrajaya just 25km south of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. Putrajaya is a growing, dynamic city and its proximity allows easy access to the extensive cultural, leisure and retail amenities of the buzzing metropolis.

    How to Apply

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