Foundation Program

Key Information

Duration and course structure

1 year to be completed in 3 trimesters (8 units)

 

Intake dates

January, May and September

Mode of delivery

On campus

Fees

AED 44,100

Tuition fees are inclusive of VAT.

About the Foundation Program

The Foundation Program is created to prepare you for entry into the undergraduate program of your choice.  

The program is designed to help you learn the academic skills required to succeed at university and provide you with opportunities to enhance your language, research, maths, and IT skills along with subject knowledge and content. 

Progression

  • Students who achieve a GPA of ≥ 80% can progress directly to their related undergraduate degree.
  • Students who achieve a GPA of < 80% can progress directly into the related Murdoch University diploma. On successful completion of the Murdoch University diploma, students can then progress to the second year of the related Murdoch University degree with advanced standing equivalent to 24 credit points.

Note: Core units and structure subject to change.

Course Structure

Students will be required to complete 8 units to graduate from the Foundation program, including the following four core units:

  •           FDN022 - Advanced Academic Communication Skills
  •           FDN020 - Essential Mathematics
  •           FDN024 - Information Technology
  •           FDN025 - Advanced Academic Writing and Research

For further details on the remaining 4 elective units, please visit the Murdoch University Handbook and search for N1099 Murdoch University Foundation Program.

Note: students who plan to study IT in their Undergraduate course, must take the unit Maths 1 as one of the electives.

Academic entry requirements

Australian entry requirements

The following is required for Australian students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 with 4 passes OR AQF Certificate III

Afghanistan entry requirements

The following is required for Afghanistan students:

  • Completion of Afghanistan Baccalauria

Argentina entry requirements

The following is required for Argentina students:

  • Completion of Argentinean Higher Secondary Schooling (Bachiller) with an average of 55%

Bahrain entry requirements

The following is required for Bahrain students:

  • Successful completion of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (Tawjahiya or Shehadet althanawiya) with a minimum average of 60%

Bangladesh entry requirements

The following is required for Bangladesh students:

  • Successful completion of Intermediate Secondary Certificate (Year 11) with a GPA of 3.0 or above

Bhutan entry requirements

The following is required for Bhutan students:

  • Successful completion of Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (BHSEC) with a minimum grade average of 50% in the best four subjects (excluding languages) or Class XI from CBSE or CISCE Boards with a mark of 60% or better

Botswana entry requirements

The following is required for Botswana students:

  • Foundation - Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

Brazil entry requirements

The following is required for Brazil students:

  • Certificado de Ensino Medio with an average of 6.0 in 4 subjects

Brunei entry requirements

The following is required for Brunei students:

  • Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

Cambodia entry requirements

The following is required for Cambodian students:

  • Successful completion of the Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with 50% or higher or Year 12 with a minimum C grade average

Cameroon entry requirements

The following is required for Cameroon students:

  • Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

Canada entry requirements

The following is required for Canada students:

  • Successful completion of Grade 11

Chile entry requirements

The following is required for Chile students:

  • Successful completion of Licencia de Educación Media Secundaria (Certificate of Secondary Education)

China entry requirements

The following is required for Chinese students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 2 with a minimum average of 60%

Colombia entry requirements

The following is required for Colombian students:

  • Successful completion of Bachillerato or Bachillerato Tecnico with an average of 66% or below

Denmark entry requirements

The following is required for Denmark students:

  • Successful completion of the 12th year of schooling, equivalent to Australian Year 11 standards, with above average grades

Ecuador entry requirements

The following is required for Ecuador students:

  • Successful completion of Ecuadorean Bachillerato with an average score 11 for academic subjects

Egypt entry requirements

The following is required for Egypt students:

  • Successful completion of General Certificate of Secondary Education (Thanawiyya al-A’aama) with a minimum average of 60%

El Salvador entry requirements

The following is required for El Salvador students:

  • Successful completion of Salvadorean Bachillerato

Fiji entry requirements

The following is required for Fijian students:

  • Successful completion of Form 6 average of 50% in best 3 subjects

France entry requirements

The following is required for French students:

  • Successful completion of the French Baccalaureate or Premiere with a minimum average of 60%

Gambia entry requirements

The following is required for Gambia students:

  • WASSCE with D7 average across any 5 subjects (≤35 points)

Germany entry requirements

The following is required for Germany students:

  • Successful completion of the Senior High School (Abitur)

Ghana entry requirements

The following is required for Ghana students:

  • Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better) OR WASSCE with D7 average across any 5 subjects (≤35 points)

Greece entry requirements

The following is required for Greece students:

  • Successful completion of the 12th year of schooling, equivalent to Australian Year 11 standards, with above average grades

Hong Kong - SAR entry requirements

The following is required for Hong Kong - SAR students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Secondary 2 (Form 5)

India entry requirements

The following is required for Indian students:

  • Successful completion of Senior School Certificate (Class XI) with an average of 50% or above in the best 4 academic subjects

India entry requirements

The following is required for Indian students:

  • Successful completion of Senior School Certificate (Class XI) with an average of 50% or above in the best 4 academic subjects

Indonesia entry requirements

The following is required for Indonesien students:

  • Successful completion of SMA 2 (formerly SMU 2) with a minimum average grade of 7.0 or 70%

Iran entry requirements

The following is required for Iran students:

  • High School Diploma with minimum 10 points (any stream accepted)

Iraq entry requirements

The following is required for Iraq students:

  • Completion of Iraqi Certificate of Preparatory Studies

Japan entry requirements

The following is required for Japanese students:

  • Successful completion of Kotogakko Year 2

Jordan entry requirements

The following is required for Jordan students:

  • Successful completion of Tawjihi General Certificate of Education with a minimum average of 60% average or above in academic subjects

Kazakhstan entry requirements

The following is required for Kazakhstan students:

  • Successful completion of Kazakhstan Certificate of Secondary Education Grade 11

Kenya entry requirements

The following is required for Kenya students:

  • • Foundation - Successful completion of KSCE with a D grade average or GCE O Levels with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

South Korea entry requirements

The following is required for South Korean students:

  • Successful completion of Senior High School Certificate Year 2 (Year 11) with D Grade average in 4 academic subjects or CSAT 260 (overall grade is calculated from result in Korean Language, Mathematics and Foreign Language)

Kuwait entry requirements

The following is required for Kuwait students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 or General Secondary School Certificate (GSSC) with a grade average of 50% in academic subjects, or completion American High School Diploma

Latvia entry requirements

The following is required for Latvia students:

  • Successful completion of the General Secondary Education (Certificate of Attestat Zrelosti) with a grade average of D

Laos entry requirements

The following is required for Laos students:

  • Successful completion of Upper Secondary School (Baccalauréat) mark below 6

Lebanon entry requirements

The following is required for Lebanon students:

  • Successful completion of Brevet d'Etudes with 4 passes or Completion of Technical secondary school or Professional Secondary school or Baccalaureate Libanais Year 11

Libya entry requirements

The following is required for Libya students:

  • Successful completion of the Libyan General Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Liberia entry requirements

The following is required for Liberia students:

  • WASSCE with D7 average across any 5 subjects (≤35 points)

Macau - SAR entry requirements

The following is required for Macau - SAR students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 2 with a minimum average of 60% or Successful completion of Senior Secondary 2 (Form 5)

Malawi entry requirements

The following is required for Malawi students:

  • Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

Malaysia entry requirements

The following is required for Malaysian students:

  • Successful completion of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)

Mauritius entry requirements

The following is required for Mauritius students:

  • Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better) or French Baccalaureate

Mexico entry requirements

The following is required for Mexico students:

  • Successful completion of Bachillerato with an average below 6.0 for academic subjects

Moldova entry requirements

The following is required for Moldova students:

  • Successful completion of Grade 11 or Moldova Diploma de Bacalaureat examination

Mongolia entry requirements

The following is required for Mongolian students:

  • Successful completion of the 2nd last year of the Senior Secondary Education with average 70%

Myanmar entry requirements

The following is required for Myanmar students:

  • Successful completion of Basic Education Standard X Examination or Matriculation Examination Pass Certificate

Nepal entry requirements

The following is required for Nepalese students:

  • Successful completion of the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 11) with a GPA of 2.0

New Zealand entry requirements

The following is required for New Zealand students:

  • Foundation - Successful completion of the NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement ) Level 2 with 140 points (including 14 credit points in Maths Level 1 or higher) or Year 12

Nigerian entry requirements

The following is required for Nigerian students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Secondary School examinations (WAEC or NECO) with 5 grades at D7 level

Norway entry requirements

The following is required for Norway students:

  • Successful completion of the Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School Examinations with an average of 2.5

Oman entry requirements

The following is required for Oman students:

  • Successful completion of General Certificate of Education with a minimum grade average of 60% or American High School Diploma

Pakistan entry requirements

The following is required for Pakistan students:

  • Successful completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate (Year 11) with an average of 50%

Papua New Guinea entry requirements

The following is required for Papua New Guinea students:

  • Successful completion of year 11 with at least 4 passes in academic subjects. (Average C grade in academic subjects for Accelerated course)

Paraguay entry requirements

The following is required for Paraguay students:

  • Successful completion of the Paraguayan Bachillerato

Peru entry requirements

The following is required for Peru students:

  • Successful completion of Certificado de Educacion Secundaria with an average grade below 14

Philippines entry requirements

The following is required for Philippines students:

  • Year 11 K-12 (Academic Track) with an overall average of 75% OR Year 11 K-12 (Arts & Design/Sports/Technical-vocational livelihood Tracks) with an overall average of 80%

Poland entry requirements

The following is required for Poland students:

  • Successful completion of Egzamin Maturalny or Liceum

Russian Federation entry requirements

The following is required for Russian Federation students:

  • Successful completion of Certificate of Secondary Education Year 11 (Attestat o Srednem Polnom Obshchem Obrazovanii)

Saudi Arabia entry requirements

The following is required for Saudi Arabia students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 or General Secondary School Certificate (GSSC) with a minimum average of 60%

Sierra Leone entry requirements

The following is required for Sierra Leone students:

  • WASSCE with D7 average across any 5 subjects (≤35 points)

Singapore entry requirements

The following is required for Singapore students:

  • Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

Solomon Islands entry requirements

The following is required for Solomon Islands students:

  • Successful completion of Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (Form 6)

South Africa entry requirements

The following is required for South African students:

  • Successful completion of NSC (National Senior Certificate) or Year 11 with a minimum grade average of 60%

Spain entry requirements

The following is required for Spain students:

  • Successful completion of Título de Bachiller

Sri Lanka entry requirements

The following is required for Sri Lankan students:

  • Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

Sudan entry requirements

The following is required for Sudan students:

  • Successful completion of Sudan School Certificate grade average 50% in final year results

Sweden entry requirements

The following is required for Sweden students:

  • Successful completion of the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola) with a grade average of 10

Switzerland entry requirements

The following is required for Switzerland students:

  • Successful completion of Swiss Cantonal Maturity Certificate, or Cantonal Commercial Maturity Certificate

Taiwan entry requirements

The following is required for Taiwan students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 2 with a minimum average of 60%

Tanzania entry requirements

The following is required for Tanzania students:

  • Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) either Division 1 or 2 accepted.

Thailand entry requirements

The following is required for Thailand students:

  • Successful completion of Matayom 5 with a GPA of 2.2

Turkey entry requirements

The following is required for Turkey students:

  • Successful completion of Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Devlet Meslek Diplomasi

Uganda entry requirements

The following is required for Uganda students:

  • Successful completion of GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

Ukraine entry requirements

The following is required for Ukraine students:

  • Successful completion of Ukraine Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education with a GPA of 3.0

United Arab Emirates entry requirements

The following is required for United Arab Emirates students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 or General Secondary School Certificate (Tawjihiya) with a minimum average of 60%

United Kingdom entry requirements

The following is required for United Kingdom students:

  • Successful completion of GCSE 0 Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

USA entry requirements

The following is required for USA students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11

Uzbekistan entry requirements

The following is required for Uzbekistan students:

  • Successful completion of Certificate of Completed Secondary Education – (Diploma O’rta Ma’lumot To’g’risida Shahodatnoma)

Venezuela entry requirements

The following is required for Venezuela students:

  • Successful completion of the Venezuelan Bachillerato or Completion of Technical/Vocational high school

Vietnam entry requirements

The following is required for Vietnam students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 with a minimum GPA of 6.5

Zambia entry requirements

The following is required for Zambia students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 or GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

Zimbabwe entry requirements

The following is required for Zimbabwe students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 or GCE O Level with a minimum of 5 passes (C or better)

English language entry requirements

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to this course.

Faculty profiles – Foundation

Faiza Qureshi is the Discipline Lead for the Master of Education and Foundation Programs at Murdoch University, Dubai. She serves as Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee and is a full-time lecturer for the MEd and Graduate Certificates in Education courses. Faiza currently teaches courses in education on policy analysis, teaching and learning in culturally diverse environments, teaching methodologies and research for educators. She is also an associate editor for a Scopus-indexed Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching.

Currently pursuing a PhD in Education from Murdoch University (Australia), Faiza holds a Master of Education degree from Murdoch University (Dubai), a UG Dip in English from the University of London (UK), and an ICELT qualification from Cambridge (UK). She also has Senior Fellowship and AFHEA from Advance HE.

With a career spanning over 15 years in the education sector, Faiza is actively engaged in  several SoTL and higher education research projects and regularly publishes articles in academic journals on learning and teaching in higher education; she has been on an editorial board of an ELT journal for several years and has also co-authored an ESL book and a few works of fiction. Faiza has also been a Vice Principal at a school and serves on the stakeholders' committees for schools.