Foundation in Science is a  12 - 15 month pre-university programme recommended for students planning to pursue a degree in medicine, dentistry and health sciences.

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Course Name & University
Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Foundation Certificate in Biological & Biomedical Sciences

  • Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
  • Johor
Intakes: Apr
Duration: 1 years
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)

Foundation in Allied Science (FAS)

  • Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, May, Jul, Sep
Duration: 1 years
HELP University

Foundation in Science

  • HELP University
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
MAHSA University

Foundation in Science

  • MAHSA University
  • Kuala Lumpur
Intakes: Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep
Duration: 1 years
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Foundation in Science

  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Selangor
Intakes: Apr, Sep
Duration: 1 years
UCSI University

Foundation in Science

  • UCSI University
  • Kuala Lumpur Sarawak
Intakes: Jan, May, Sep
Duration: 1 years
Taylor's University

Foundation in Science

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Aug
Duration: 1 years
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)

Foundation in Science (FIS)

  • Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)
  • Selangor
Intakes: May, Jul, Sep
Duration: 1 years
Sunway University

Sunway Foundation in Science & Technology

  • Sunway University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Mar, Jul, Sep
Duration: 1 years

Complete Guide to Foundation in Science in Malaysia

Are you planning to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or some other brand of health science? If your answer is yes, then one of the best ways to get there is through Foundation in Science (FIS) course.

What is Foundation in Science (FIS)?

A Foundation in Science course is a pre-university program that typically takes 12 - 15 months to complete. It is designed for students who have finished their SPM, O Level or Year 11 qualification.

Foundation in Science usually focuses on health sciences as most universities & colleges in Malaysia have a separate foundation for engineering / computer science.

Foundation in Science primes students for the university's own science degree courses. Thus, it is best to pursue Foundation in Science in the same university you plan to pursue your science degree. Foundation in Science qualifies you to pursue a science degree like medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.

Before you consider Foundation in Science course, do note that you will need science subjects in your SPM or O Level. With that said, it’s a great pre-university course that is full of hands-on learning.

How is Foundation in Science structured?

Continuous Assessment

Foundation in Science typically follows 50/50 structure. This means 50% of grades come from coursework, while 50% are based on final examinations. Some lab-heavy modules may have 60/40 structure. This varies according to the university as Foundation in Science modules and examinations are set in-house by the university itself.

Laboratory Classes

Foundation in Science generally has smaller class sizes. Good universities have laboratory sessions where students get to experiment in small groups of 2 - 4 people. This allows students to be familiar with basic experimentation techniques and equipments. 

Research Projects

Some universities have an independent research project in the final semester, giving students exposure to the scientific publication process.

Subjects in a Foundation in Science Course

You can expect these core subjects when you study a Foundation in Science in any university in Malaysia:

  • English 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics & Probability

Electives often include Genetics, Psychology, Physics, Computing, and Creative Thinking.

Besides that, all local and international students are required by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) of Malaysia to take the MPU subjects. MPU subjects will be part of your academic semester but will not be part of your final grade.

Studying Foundation in Science in Malaysia

Foundation in Science usually takes 1 year. Once the course is completed, students can choose to continue in the same university or choose to go elsewhere as long as they meet the entry requirements. 

Degree options after Foundation in Science

Foundation in Science allows students to progress to any of the following degrees:

  • Medicine / MBBS
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Psychology
  • Physiotherapy

Students can also use their Foundation in Science qualification to join business, art and computing degrees.


Minimum Entry Requirements

The general minimum entry requirement to pursue a Foundation in Science in Malaysia:

  • Medicine / Pharmacy / Dentistry:  (SPM / O Level) 5 B's including Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics
  • Other programes: (SPM / O Level) 5 C's including Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics

Why choose Foundation in Science?

There are quite a number of pre-university options. Here are the common reasons of why students choose Foundation in Science over the others:

  • Specialised subjects allows students to focus on their majors straight away.
  • Cheaper than other pre-university options such as A Level or SACE International.
  • 'Guaranteed' entrance into their degree courses, including the competitive ones like medicine. Subject to minimum requirement.

Foundation in Science is ideal for you if…

  • You are sure you want a degree in health sciences
  • You are not planning to apply overseas for your degree
  • You want practical lab experience

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I take PTPTN for Foundation in Science?

No. Only diploma and degree programmes are eligible for PTPTN Loans.

Are scholarships available for Foundation in Science?

Yes. Most universities & colleges have scholarships for high achievers with good SPM / O Level results. There are also sports, extra-curricular, or hardship scholarships.

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