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University of Southampton Malaysia

Foundation Year Computer Science

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, science and technology that underpins computer science on this Foundation Year programme.

Introducing your degree

This full-time course is integrated with a further three-year BSc degree, and will build your understanding of the computer science disciplines.

Successful completion of this Foundation Year guarantees progression to our computer science degree at the University of Southampton Malaysia.

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • explore scientific principles related to mechanics, electric fields and computer systems
  • use algebra, trigonometry, vectors, differential and integral calculus and more
  • plan and undertake experimental work
  • understand the role of technology and engineering in modern society, and the associated moral, social, ethical and legal issues
  • improve your English communication skills

Programme Structure

This programme is made up of three semesters.

If you achieve the minimum marks required for progression, you will be able to progress to year one of a selected undergraduate degree programme.

Changes due to COVID-19

Any future COVID-related restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place.

We are working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Courses available after completion

  • BEng Computer Science

Typical entry requirements

QualificationEntry requirements
IGCSE 5 A grades in the science stream, including Mathematics and Physics.
SPM 5 A grades in the science stream, including Mathematics and Physics, with minimum B+ in additional mathematics.
IB 32 points overall, including 5 points in Standard or Higher Level Mathematics or Math studies. Also, it must not include both Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level.

Other equivalent qualifications (including international qualifications) will be considered, please contact a UoSM counsellor or your preferred agent to understand more.

English Language Qualification  

Students who achieve band FY IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components will be required to follow the language pathway where students take the module English for Engineers and Scientists in semester one and two, as well as Communication in English in semester zero.

Students who achieve Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components (or GCE O-Level (1119) Grade C) will only require English language classes in the first semester.

For more information on other English language qualifications approved by the University, please visit the English language requirements page.

Selection process:

 We will accept a wide variety of international qualifications for entry to our Computer Science Foundation Year.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The modules on this programme will provide you with an introduction to mathematics, mechanics, computer programming, electricity and electronics and the principles of computer science.

They include:

  • Communicating in English
  • Mathematics for Science & Engineering
  • Academic & Personal Development
  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Mathematics A
  • Mathematics B
  • Computer Systems & Application
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Theoretical Aspects of Computing
  • Routes to Success
  • Programming and Coursework

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

Year of studyMode of studyMalaysianInternational
2021/22 Full-time RM29,973 RM35,123
Additional fee information

Scholarships and bursaries are available at the University of Southampton Malaysia.

Funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Teaching and learning

You'll be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory experiments
  • coursework 
  • individual and group assignment

Assessment and examinations 

You will be assessed through a range of coursework and formal assignments. During the year there are plenty of opportunities for you to check your progress and improve your performance through oral feedback on your work at workshops or through in-class tests.

Study Locations

University of Southampton Malaysia

Malaysia campus

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