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Open Day,
14 - 15 March

Come to our Open Day this 14 & 15 March 2020 from 10am to 5pm, and explore our beautiful and modern campus located in Putrajaya. Enjoy a day of discovery, speak to our experts and students, learn about the courses that you're interested in and view accommodation.

Find our full list of career talks and workshops as well as book your places at: http://bit.ly/hwumodmarch

14 March 2020
10:30am 12:00pm 3:00pm
Be a Catalyst for Change with a Business Degree by Dr Praveen Balakrishnan Nair Construction Industry - Building a Nation by Dr Ibrisam Akbar

Keep Calm Under Pressure: Stress and Coping Strategies (Workshop & Talk) by Dr Zuhrah Beevi
Start with the Right Foundation by Assistant Professor Tsung Kheng Yew
15 March 2020
10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm
The Future of Work for the Accounting Profession by Dr Foo Yin Fah From Engineering to CEO: How an Engineering Degree can take you anywhere by Provost and CEO, Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi Start with the Right Foundation by Associate Professor Jasmine Low

Build a MECar workshop by Dr Steven Hoo
Data and the new frontiers in humanity and business by Dr Alistair Wallis
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Foundation in Business
KPT/JPS (R/010/3/0240)(FA4351) 03/24


Our Foundation in Business, Foundation in Business with Psychology & Foundation in Business with Actuarial Science is a focused programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training designed to provide you with a direct route into a professionally relevant and internationally recognised degree at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

A Heriot-Watt Foundation only takes 1 year to complete compared to 2 years of A-Level. If you're an SPM / IGCSE certificate holder, our Foundation is the faster way to get into your preferred Heriot-Watt Undergraduate programme.

The tailored programme of courses is a direct pathway to your choice of a range of professionally relevant degrees. The focused academic content is taught in a way that introduces you to independent learning. Your development is monitored through regular assessments and feedback.

On achieving the required grades to complete the programme successfully you will progress to your chosen degree, in one of these subjects, starting in September of the following year.

Entry Requirements

Foundation in Business & Foundation in Business with Psychology

  • Minimum 5 credits (C’s), in SPM or O-Levels, including English and Mathematics or other relevant subjects - or equivalent global qualifications.
  • IB MYP: 3 subjects with Grade 6 (English and Maths) and 2 subjects with Grade 5

Foundation in Business with Actuarial Science

  • Minimum 5 credits (C’s), in SPM or O-Levels, including English, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics - or other equivalent global qualifications.
  • IB MYP: 3 subjects with Grade 6 (English and Maths) and 2 subjects with Grade 5. Requires a Grade 5 for a subject equivalent to Add Maths

Conditional offers will be made to students with forecast results. Advance standing may be available for those with appropriate pre-university qualifications. Final results need to be submitted before programme commencement.

Note: Progression to your chosen undergraduate programme may require pre-requisite subjects with specific grades at the SPM/O-Level/Equivalent levels in addition to your Foundation results.

Course Content

The programme content is taught over three semesters (14, 14, 14 weeks) through lectures, seminars and group work. All the courses taught are designed to directly relate to the progression degrees offered on your choice of programme; the Foundation in Science, the Foundation in Business or its Actuarial Science route.

You will learn to use English effectively to perform a variety of academic tasks, such as delivering oral presentations, managing group discussions, conducting research, and writing essays. You will also be exposed to a range of study skills essential to succeed at university.

Foundation in Business

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Principles of Economics
  • Contemporary Business
  • Academic Skills
  • Financial Accounting
  • Microeconomics and Policy
  • Foundations of Management
  • Foundation English
  • Management Accounting
  • Macroeconomics and Global
  • Economic Issues
  • Business and the World
  • Foundation English for Business

Foundation in Business with Psychology

  • Discovering Psychology
  • Principles of Economics
  • Contemporary Business
  • Academic Skills
  • Psychology & the Human Mind
  • Microeconomics and Policy
  • Foundations of Management
  • Foundation English
  • Research in Action
  • Microeconomics and Global Economic Issues
  • Business and the World
  • Foundation English for Business

Foundation in Business with Actuarial Science

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Academic Skills
  • Financial Accounting
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Foundation English
  • Management Accounting
  • Advanced Mathematics for Science
  • Foundation English for Business
  • Principles of Economics
  • Contemporary Business
  • Microeconomics and Policy

Our Business Degree Pathways

BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science

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

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.

Jan / Sept
Accounting and Business Finance, MA (Hons)

Accounting & Business Finance, MA (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/344/6/0452) (FA7011) 03/21

A specialist degree, particularly suited to those seeking entry into the accounting profession, financial services or financial management.

Jan / Sept
Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA (Hons)

Business Administration, BBA (Hons)
KPT/JPS (R/345/6/0564) (FA4166) 05/24

The programme aims to develop students’ understanding of the area of Business Administration and Management and develop practical skills appropriate for careers.

Jan / Sept
Business and Finance, MA (Hons)

Business and Finance, MA (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/340/6/0490)(FA4165) 11/19

Learn how to apply business management and finance knowledge and skills to a range of different managerial, business and problem-solving situations, management decisions, compliance issues and governance.

Jan / Sept
International Business Management, MA (Hons)

International Business Management, MA (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/340/6/0657) (FA7425) 03/21

Our International Business Management programmes help you to examine businesses and organisations; understand their structures and workings, people and decision making processes; and then relate the theory to actual business situations to prepare yourself for the real world.

Jan / Sept
International Business Management with Marketing, MA (Hons)

Int. Business Management (Marketing), MA (Hons)
KPT/JPS (R/340/7/0351) (FA5014) 10/23

International Business Management with Marketing students then take a range of specialist Marketing courses such as Consumer Behaviour; Marketing Communications; Digital Marketing; Retail Marketing; and Marketing Sustainability.

Jan / Sept
International Business Management with Human Resource Management, MA (Hons)

Int. Business Management (HR Management), MA (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/345/6/0701) (FA5013) 04/20

International Business Management with Human Resource Management students take a range of specialist HRM courses such as Human Resource Management, Employment Law and Critical Approaches to Management.

Jan / Sept
International Business Management with Enterprise, MA (Hons)

Int. Business Management (Enterprise), MA (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/345/6/0702)(FA5012) 04/20

All International Business Management degrees provide a strong grounding in the principles of modern business management and also introduce the more functional areas of business and management.

International Business Management with Year Abroad MA (Hons)

International Business Management with Year Abroad MA (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/345/6/0909) (FA7424) 03/21

International Business Management students do a mandatory second year abroad, at another university where they gain international experience and international input in terms of the curriculum that they learn.

Jan / Sept
BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management

Construction Project Management, BSc (Hons)
KPT/JPS (R/526/6/0057) (FA4168) 12/23

This Bachelor's degree will prepare you for a career in the management of construction projects from inception to completion, including throughout all stages of the design and construction process.

Jan / Sept
Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)

Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)
KPT/JPS (R/581/6/0050) (FA4369) 06/24

Quantity Surveying is about providing clients of the construction industry with financial, contractual and technical advice ensuring they get value for money from the buildings they construct.

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Psychology with Management, BSc (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/311/6/0075)(PA5343) 08/20

Psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between mind and behaviour. It asks why people, in general, behave as they do and why some people behave in unexpected or atypical ways.

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Psychology, BSc (Hons)
KPT/JPS (N/311/6/0081)(PA8056) 04/21

Psychologists work in settings such as education, health and mental ill-health, sport and exercise, systems design, the environment, and forensic and criminological analysis, where theory and practice come together.

BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science

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

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 highly sought after in the economy, industry and research.


A history rooted in industry and commerce

For almost two centuries we’ve remained true to the values of George Heriot and James Watt – the two giants of industry and commerce who give our university its name. Our foundations are built on practical, applied learning. Education that meets the needs of global industry and enables our students to fulfil their career aspirations.

Applied study for the real world

We shape tomorrow’s work-ready, industry-fit graduates and postgraduates. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs. Real issues, real projects, real research – so our students get practical, reallife experience and the employer gets work- ready industry-fit graduates.

A hands-on approach to teaching

We know practical, applied learning, research and teaching inside-out. It’s what we’ve always done. We’re big enough to attract some of the leading experts in their fields and we’re small enough to give our students the chance to learn from them – not at arms-length, but hands-on.

A truly global experience

We provide a global perspective and experience – our academic and student body is a diverse international mix with our students coming from all over the world. We have campuses in the UK as well as Dubai - offering our students the unrivalled opportunity to transfer between campuses and obtain a truly global education.


Average of 90% pass rates in all courses for both Foundation in Business and Science.

In the 2017/2018 student cohort, 45% were awarded the High Achiever’s award to continue to their undergraduate programme.

33.5% of our total Foundation enrollment in 2018 came in with a High Achiever Scholarship.

Empower Programme

The Empower Programme is a 4-level structured programme that is aimed at future-proofing our graduates, to unleash their potential and to prepare them to stand out and have an impact in a highly uncertain world. As students go through the programme, they accumulate Watts. Students will have a transcript that will document their developmental journey. The first level (Watt level), where students may accumulate up to 999 Watts, is delivered through a course that is aimed at "Self Leadership" and "Defining Impact". The other three levels are achieved through a more personalised approach where different students will work with their personal tutors.

Students will receive a transcript that documents their developmental journey.



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

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia accepts applications all year round.

If English is not your first language, and you didn't meet the minimum English Requirements we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.

The Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) is available in Jan, Mar (Lower Intermediate) and June, Sept (Intermediate).

Lower Intermediate
(for entry into April Foundation Intake)
(for entry into July Foundation Intake)
(for entry into September Intake)
(for entry into January Intake)

You can apply online for our programmes.You must create an account to use the online application form. You don't have to complete the application in one session; you can save what you have done so far and return to complete it at a later date. There is a Help facility on each page of the online form.

Receive the best start to your tertiary education journey with us. Apply for April 2020 Intake and receive a RM4,500 waiver.

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