Foundation in Business(R/010/3/0173)(07/2023)(MQA/FA3723)

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) provides a pathway to a prestigious University of Reading degree at either our UK or Malaysia Campus. This 12-month intensive programme is specifically designed for SPM, IGCSE and equivalent qualification holders who would like to start their university studies as early as possible.

INTERNATIONALLY-RECOGNISED

The University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP) was one of the first to be established in the UK and the programme offered in Malaysia is the same as that offered in the UK.

PREPARATION FOR YOUR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

The IFP is specifically designed to prepare you for what you will be studying on your chosen undergraduate degree, and helps you to successfully make the transition from a school environment to a university environment. We will ask you to identify your intended degree when joining the IFP.

GUARANTEED PLACE WITH DIRECT PROGRESSION

We guarantee a place for you on your chosen degree so long as you meet the progression requirements and you can directly progress without the need to apply for your degree..

CHOICE OF UK OR MALAYSIA CAMPUS

You have the option to study for your chosen degree at our award-winning campus in Reading UK (only 30 minutes from London) or our state-of-the-art campus in Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia. In addition, you will be eligible for a reduction in the regular programme fees.

ACADEMIC SKILLS

The Academic Skills module on the IFP is specifically designed to help students develop the required academic skills for undergraduate study, including critical thinking, communication and academic writing.

ACADEMIC TUTOR

You will be assigned an academic tutor who will guide and support your development and progress. You will meet with your academic tutor at least once a term or more frequently if required.

HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT

As well as academic skills, the IFP is designed to develop non-academic skills that are an integral part of each student’s overall development.Some of our weekly enhancement activities include:

  • Social outings
  • Team-building
  • Motivational talks
  • Business workshops
  • Law workshops
  • IT skills training


All of the Foundation in Business modules are designed and taught by university lecturers and are therefore tailored with your future degree in mind. Students who wish to progress onto one of our highly regarded undergraduate programmes will be taught ‘Academic Skills’ and three modules relating to their chosen degree programme, chosen from:

  • Economics
  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Maths for Finance, Economics and Business
  • Psychology
  • Law

Students will need to study the International English module if their English level is below:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no component below 5.5)
  • B in IGCSE English as a Second Language
  • B in SPM English 1119

Typical degrees that students progress onto at the University of Reading Malaysia include:

  • Finance and Business Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Real Estate
  • Psychology
  • Law

Other degrees that students typically progress onto at the UK campus include:

  • Accounting and Business
  • Business and Management
  • Building Surveying
  • Consumer Behaviour and Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economics
  • Finance and Investment Banking
  • Law
  • Psychology with Neuroscience

Bruce Howell
Assoc. Prof. Bruce Howell | Head of Foundation, Study and Language Institute (FSLI); Associate Professor, with special interest in Language Assessment
Bruce Howell graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1990 and after some travel experience soon changed career to English teaching, although in recent years has been able to use his scientific background in developing and teaching ‘English for Science’ modules. Read More...

Esther Chang
Esther Chang | Foundation Programmes Lead; Foundation Lecturer in Economics
Esther Chang has eight years of lecturing experience in finance and economics-related modules at both pre-university and undergraduate levels. Read More...

Lina Ying Ying Tang
Lina Ying Ying Tang | Foundation Senior Academic Tutor; Foundation Lecturer in Biology
Lina Ying Ying Tang has been teaching Pre-University programmes such as Cambridge A-Levels, and Foundation Year Programmes for more than five years. She is passionate about working with young people from diverse backgrounds and likes to experiment with a variety of teaching methods.Read More...

Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah
Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah | Pre-sessional English (PSE) Programme Lead / Foundation Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah began his career teaching academic English, research writing, human communication and English immersion programmes to local and international students before joining UoRM as a Foundation Lecturer. He has trained students in numerous IELTS, TOEFL and MUET preparatory courses and has been involved in several courses and training programmes on student-centred learning and e-learning. Read More...

fock jan heng
Fock Jan Heng | Foundation Lecturer in Mathematics
Fock Jan Heng graduated from the University of Malaya in 1977. He started his teaching career in a government secondary school and was promoted to Deputy District Education Officer in 1988, managing and administrating all of the secondary and primary schools in Kulai, Johor.Read More...

lim tian hwee
Lim Tian Hwee | Foundation Lecturer in Mathematics
Lim Tian Hwee has been teaching Pre-U programmes (i.e. A Levels, AUSMAT, MUFY, STPM etc.) for more than five years and is a longstanding member of the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society.Read More...

Dr Kuan Yong Ching
Dr Kuan Yong Ching | Foundation Lecturer in Chemistry
Dr Kuan Yong Ching holds a BSc in Industrial Chemistry and an MSc in Chemistry from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She obtained a PhD in Engineering Sciences from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2014 and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.Read More...

Mohammad Izzat Morshidi
Mohammad Izzat Morshidi | Foundation Lecturer in Psychology
Mohammad Izzat Morshidi is fascinated by the behaviours of people and the reasons behind every act and event, especially in Malaysia. As well as his teaching modules, he has a keen interest in politics, philosophy, digital arts and story writing. Read More...

Nurul Akmar
Nurul Akmar Binti Asmi | Foundation Lecturer in Business and Management
Nurul has been teaching since 2009. Prior to joining UoRM, she had posts at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, teaching a variety of Business Management subjects, including principles of management, marketing management, organisational behaviour, business information systems and human resource management.Read More...

Mohamed Hasif Jazila Sakri
Mohamed Hasif Jazila Sakri | Foundation Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Hasif started teaching Academic English in 2014 and has garnered experience in teaching at both public and private local universities.Read More...

Noorul Amilin Nordin
Noorul Amilin Nordin | Foundation Lecturer in EAP
Amilin is a literature graduate who has a strong passion in teaching. Over the past two years, she has developed a tenacious interest in teaching, and has since been pursuing her passion as a lecturer. Read More...

Hajar Binti Abdul Karim
Hajar Binti Abdul Karim | Foundation Lecturer in Mathematics
Hajar is a mathematics lecturer with more than five years of teaching experience in the higher education industry, teaching mathematics and statistics related subjects and modules. Hajar began her teaching career as a lecturer in a public university, and has since been teaching applied maths to undergraduate students majoring in agriculture, banking, accountancy and science. Hajar taught Pre-University programmes (Edexcel A-Level, ADFP/ACTP, AUSMAT or SACE) at a private institution before joining the University of Reading Malaysia. Read More...

Nur Amira Zureena Zulkurnain
Nur Amira Zureena Zulkurnain | General Studies Programme Lead
Zureena obtained her Bachelor in Marketing and Master in Business Administration from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 2013 and 2015 respectively Read More...

Jamie Siow Hui Sian
Jamie Siow Hui Sian | Foundation Lecturer in Economics
Siow Hui Sian is a PHD candidate with Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Putra Malaysia. She has been teaching in economics related modules for more than Read More...

andrew woon
Andrew Woon | Foundation Lecturer in Business and Management
Andrew’s lecturing background spans from hospitality management to cross-cultural management and global marketing, from internal home-grown programmes to various UK and US external franchise programmes. Andrew has been a module lead and module convenor for franchise programmes in Nepal, Indonesia and Vietnam, and his international experience in both teaching and industry made him an expert in cross cultural studies.Read More...

SPM or IGCSE or an equivalent qualification:
Minimum 5 Credits (A-C) [including Programme specific requirements]

English Language*:
Grade C in SPM English 1119/ IGCSE English
or IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

* University English courses are available for students with English grade below C or IELTS 5.5.

12 months

September and April

2020/21
Malaysians:
RM 19,600 per annum

International Students:
RM 23,600 per annum

Student Voice

Univeristy of Reading Testimonial - Foundation in Business

Ranie Thanimalai

My name is Ranie Thanimalai. I am from Johor and currently studying Foundation in Business. My career aspiration is to become a psychologist. What I enjoy most about studying at the University is the comfortable and peaceful environment in the campus and the very helpful lecturers. The tips I would like to share with fellow students is setting timetables might help and more importantly we should follow the timetable and never wait until the last minute, always be prepared.

Univeristy of Reading Testimonial - Foundation in Business

Darren See

Hi there, I am Darren See from SMK Mohd Khalid, Johor Bahru. I’ve had a fun and meaningful year studying in the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at the University of Reading Malaysia. I love to meet new friends from different countries and gain new knowledge from all my experienced lecturers. I have enjoyed all the academic and social activities organised by the University. I took part in both National Mathematics Olympiad (OMK) and National Statistics Competition (NSC) under the guidance of my Mathematics lecturer.

I am excited to continue my academic journey at the University of Reading Malaysia in Law (LLB). I hope to see all of you around campus!

Univeristy of Reading Testimonial - Foundation in Business

Elysia Kay

Hello, my name is Elysia Kay and I’m from Seri Omega Private & International School. My experience with the International Foundation Programme was beneficial and enjoyable. With the knowledge imparted by the dedicated lecturers here, I managed to improve my academic skills which will be practical for my future studies. It was a wonderful experience meeting new people and taking part in events held by the University which makes student life interesting.

I look forward to continuing my degree in Psychology here at the University of Reading Malaysia. I am excited to be a step closer to fulfilling my aspirations!

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