Foundation in Science JPT/BPP(A9504)03/19


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The Foundation in Science programme is a three term programme tailored to equip the students with the necessary knowledge and skills for them to successfully enrol into a range of degree programme of their choice. The programme offers elective courses, enabling students to have more options before deciding on their career pathway.


The Foundation in Science programme brings your subject knowledge and skills up to required level to move into either a physical, computer and biological science based course. Core science subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics form the main thrust of this foundation programme with students having the options to choose relevant subjects based on their career pathway. This provides the students with an early exposure on subjects relevant to their choice of degree programmes, helping them familiarise and develop scientific, theoretical and practical skills essential for them to start off their specific degree programmes. Students will also be given an opportunity to develop life skills through subjects such as Critical Thinking, Interpersonal Communication and Frontier Studies among others that will make them more adaptive, confident and a team player.


The students’ progress is monitored through regular assessments and the academic staff is always at hand to guide students through the transition to the degree level programmes. By the end of the programme, foundation students will be ready to embark upon their chosen field of study in the science and technology disciplines, provided they have achieved the minimum standards set for their respective programmes.

Core Courses
  • Fundamental English 1
  • Fundamental English 2
  • Computer Applications
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Physics 1
  • Chemistry 1
  • Chemistry 2
  • Algebra and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Frontier Studies
Elective Courses (3)
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Inheritance and Diversity of Life
  • Physics 2
  • Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Information Systems and Technology
  • Students who wish to pursue degree programmes in Health, Pure and Applied Sciences, after completion of the Foundation in Science programme in QIUP, need to pass SPM or other equivalent qualifications approved by the University Senate and Ministry of Higher Education with credits in Mathematics, two Science subjects and two other subjects.
  • Students who wish to pursue degree programme in Medicine after completion of their Foundation in Science programme in QIUP need to pass SPM with a minimum grade ‘B’ in Biology, Chemistry,
    Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and one other subject at the SPM or equivalent level. These are mandatory requirements set by the Malaysian Medical Council and the Ministry of Higher Education. Pass Bahasa Malaysia and English at SPM or its equivalent.
  • Students who wish to pursue degree programmes in Pharmacy or Dentistry after completion of their Foundation in Science programme in QIUP, will need to pass SPM with a minimum grade ‘B’ in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and one other subject at the SPM or equivalent level. Credit in Bahasa Malaysia and English at SPM or its equivalent. The above entry requirements also apply for students with 'O' Level qualifications.

3 intakes in a year (April, July and September)


Mode of Study: Full-time


Duration: 1 year

Students’ ability is gauged through continuous assessments and a final semester examination. The continuous assessment component usually comprises a combination of: tests/quizzes, mid-term examination, laboratory related reports, essays, presentations and projects/assignments which accounts for an allocation of about 30-50 marks depending on the course. The balance of the marks is allocated for the final examination.