Engineering plays a pivotal role in our lives and it’s no surprise engineers are in great demand all over the world!

Do you want to pursue a career as an engineer, but not too sure which area of engineering  you want to specialize in? 

A Foundation in Engineering may be just the course for you. 

You will be able to develop core competencies in the field of engineering, which will give you a head start among your peers. The program will challenge you to develop skills and techniques as well as ensure you know the basic engineering principles.

Who should take a Foundation in Engineering course?

As this course is designed to expose students to the basic elements of engineering, it is most suitable for those who have a keen interest in the engineering field and want to pursue a career as an engineer. 

What are the career prospects after completing the Foundation in Engineering program?

Upon completing the Foundation in Engineering program, graduates can pursue further studies in various engineering fields such as mechanical, electrical, and software engineering. 

This program is one of the best ways to gain entry into a bachelor degree program in engineering and subsequently pursue careers such as an: 

  • Appliances Engineer
  • Communication Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • Instrumentation & Control Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechatronic Engineer
  • Medical Engineer
  • Microelectronics Engineer
  • Operation Engineer
  • Power Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Signal Processing Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Test Engineer

You will also be able to pursue career choices beyond engineering such as teaching/lecturing, and sales and marketing related to engineering.

Why do the Foundation in Engineering at UOW Malaysia KDU?

Consider studying the Foundation in Engineering at UOW Malaysia KDU for the following reasons:

  • Gain a strong foundation in physical sciences, engineering and language skills to prepare for engineering degree programs.
  • Study subjects like mechanics, electronics, and material science to help choose a specialised field of engineering.
  • Enjoy seamless articulation into engineering degree programs offered at UOW Malaysia KDU upon completion.

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Program information


Hands-on learning and real-world experience are crucial in ensuring our students, as future engineers, stay current and remain relevant when they begin their career. Actively engaging industry experts and exposing students to real-life practices, as well as the development of real-life projects are some of the ways we ensure our students set themselves apart and are more grounded from their exposure to the different challenges faced in the industry. Engineering courses at UOW Malaysia KDU emphasize on Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC), with Design Thinking as the grounding principle of teaching and learning. Students are required to engage in design assignments, Capstone projects and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to develop their skills in design, complex problem-solving, project management, teamwork, lifelong learning and complex communication.



Industry Advisory Panel:

  • Our Industry Advisory Panel is made up of various industry professionals and engineers, who provide valuable industry insights to enhance our curriculum and students’ learning. Panel members include those from ABB Malaysia, ProvenPac and YTL Construction, just to name a few.

Industrial Project:

  • Our students are required to complete Final Year engineering projects, which are collaborations with the industry, based on real-world challenges posed by selected organisations. These projects challenge and test students’ skill and creativity in solving complex, real-world problems.

Industrial Visits:

  • Students are provided with exposure to real-world work environment and processes through industrial visits to various plants, sites and organisations, such as MRT construction sites, Energy Commission of Malaysia, MEASAT Satellite Systems and Fraser and Neave, just to name a few.

Young Professional Experience:

  • Through the Young Professional Experience sharing sessions, our engineering students are able to gain insights on various engineering industries and learn more about the experiences of young engineers, some of whom include Mr Loo Ping Yew (R. Stahl Engineering & Manufacturing), and Chin Ze Wei (Schneider Electric).

Industrial Training Partners:

  • Industrial training not only enables our students to brush up on their engineering knowledge and skills but also strengthens their communication skills and emotional quotient. Some collaborative linkage that provide placements for UOW Malaysia KDU’s engineering students to undergo attachment to gain related experience as well as exposure to the engineering practice in an actual workplace settings.



Industrial Certification Partners:

  • Our Industrial Certification Partners are made up of various industry professionals and engineers, who provide valuable industry insights to enhance our curriculum and equip students with essential skills needed among graduates even before they graduate.



Industrial Project And Consultancy Partners:

  • Collaborative linkage that crafts a platform on joint technical initiatives and projects that integrates element of research that provide specific solution development and expertise to help solve partners challenges.



1 year
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Mathematics 1, 2 & 3
  • Fundamentals of Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Physics
  • Fundamentals of Information Technology
  • Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronics
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Critical Writing and Research Skills
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Technical Drafting & CAD
  • Pengajian Malaysia 1 (Malaysian Students)
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (International Students)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Study Skills
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*

Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students

  • without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
  • without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programmes)

Intake dates


30 January 6 March 26 May 3 July 8 September 16 October
Estimated fees
Local students


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*Terms and Conditions Apply
*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

SPM / GCE O Levels :
Min. 5 Credits (5Cs) inclusive of a Credit in English, Mathematics and 1 Science subject


Min. 3 Credits (3Bs) inclusive of a Credit in English, Mathematics and 1 Science subject


Home Schooling with SAT :
Pass Year 11 and SAT score of 1050 over 1600 with minimum score of 550 for Mathematics and Physics*

English Requirement

Local Student :
Credit (SPM / 1119 / UEC / O-Levels English)


International Student :
Band 4.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 30 (IBT) or 397 (PBT) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English CAE & CPE (from 2015) (140); or PTE Academic (36); or MUET Band 2; or UOW Malaysia KDU English Entrance Test (60)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.


Foundation in Engineering FAQ

Who is eligible for the Foundation in Engineering program?

The Foundation in Engineering program is open to students who have completed their SPM with a minimum of 5 credits or equivalent examination.

What is the duration of the Foundation in Engineering program?

Most universities design foundation programs to be completed within a year of study. This is also true for the Foundation in Engineering course at UOW Malaysia KDU.

How is the Foundation in Engineering program structured?

At UOW Malaysia KDU, the program consists of a combination of lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions. Students will be evaluated via coursework, projects, presentations and examinations.  Core subjects include Chemistry, Fundamentals of Mechanics, Fundamentals of Physics and Introduction to Robotics, among others. 

What are the benefits of a Foundation in Engineering program? 

A foundational year in engineering provides students a solid headstart in engineering principles and concepts. It also introduces specific engineering disciplines. Students are better prepared when starting their engineering degree. 

What is the job outlook for graduates of a Foundation in Engineering program? 

This depends on the specific engineering discipline and current job market in your area. Nonetheless, engineers are usually in high demand. Fields such as electrical, mechanical and civil engineering generally have good job prospects.