Foundation in Science at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Outstanding Foundation in Science Course at University of Nottingham Malaysia

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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. Students after SPM or O-Levels wanting to obtain a UK Top Ranked degree can enter the Foundation in Science first at the University of Nottingham Malaysia.

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.

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What is the Foundation in Science?

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has been granted Self-Accrediting Status by Ministry of Education (MOE) through the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA)

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has been granted Self-Accrediting Status by Ministry of Education (MOE) through the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA)

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.

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental and geographical Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology

Entry Requirements into the Foundation in Science

 
3 Semester Entry
SPM 5 Bs in relevant academic subjects, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (additional mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics) excluding moral studies and religious studies. Languages may be considered as relevant academic subjects but should not exceed two subjects
GCSE/IGCSE 1 A in mathematics and 4 Bs including 2 science subjects (additional mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics), excluding religious studies. Languages may be considered as relevant academic subjects but should not exceed two subjects
IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) 6 in mathematics and 5,5,5,5 including 2 sciences subjects (additional mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics), excluding general studies. Languages may be considered as relevant academic subjects but should not exceed two subjects
2 Semster Entry
A Level CCC, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry, further mathematics or physics), excluding critical thinking and general studies
AS Level BBB, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry, further mathematics or physics), excluding critical thinking and general studies
STPM BBB, including mathematics and 2 science subjects (biology, chemistry, further mathematics 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 (CIMP/ICPU) 82% average based on 6 subjects,  including mathematics and 2 science subjects
High School Diploma plus College Admissions Tests (US Style Curriculum) Minimum final GPA 3.0 (out of 4) with grade B in mathematics and two science subjects (biology, chemistry or physics). Plus a score of 1200 in SATr. Applicants without SATr may be considered for 3 semester entry
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

Foundation in Science leading to MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy 
SPM/GCSE/IGCSE A minimum of 2 As in mathematics or additional mathematics and chemistry, and 3 Bs including biology and physics, excluding moral studies and religious studies. Languages may be considered as relevant academic subjecs but should not exceed two subjects
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 MPharm are expected to fulfil the academic progressing rule and English language requirement as stipulated 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
IB MYP: 4
UEC:  grade B3
MUET: Band 4
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test

Subjects for the Foundation in Science at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

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Top students from all over the world choose to study at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

First semester:

  • English Language and Study Skills
  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Fundamentals of Algebra
  • Introduction to Atoms and Bonding
  • Cells and Molecules
  • Laboratory Practicals in Science

Second semester:

  • Study Skills for Science
  • Calculus
  • Ecology, Energy and the Environment
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Internet and World Wide Web
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • The Social World and Cognitive Processes

Third semester:

  • Elementary Statistics and Probability
  • Genetics and Living Systems
  • Scientific Computing
  • Elementary Linear Algebra
  • Communications and Networks
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Professional Pharmacy
  • Understanding the Individual
  • Introduction to Critical Thought
  • Human Resource and Marketing