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Diploma in Sustainable Urban Design and Engineering (N89) Specialisation in Architecture



What will I learn?

A unique diploma with two exciting specialisations in Architecture and Sustainable Technologies

Prestigious scholarship opportunities

Overseas study trips to eco-cities and heritage sites

Workshops and critique sessions by practicing architects

Project and studio-based learning

If building an eco-friendly city is what you’ve always dreamed of, you could be the next architect to help shape Singapore’s future landscape, while improving the quality of urban living. You’re so much closer to your dream when you sign up for the Diploma in Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering (SDE).

You will learn about urban planning, conservation and refurbishment, and be trained in the design and construction of eco-friendly buildings. You will get to explore town planning frameworks such as HDB’s Eco-Town@Punggol and URA’s Jurong Lakeside District. Along with this, you will go on off-campus learning and study tours to discover more about urban renewal initiatives in Singapore. Plus, you will build your green expertise with modules such as Sustainable City Planning and Green Building Technologies.

In your second and third year, you can choose to specialise in either Architecture or Sustainable Technologies.

Architecture Specialisation: Attend architectural design studio classes to develop your acumen towards creative thinking, and enhance your knowledge on architectural form, spatial planning and interior design.


More countries are turning towards sustainable urban development. As such, there is a growing demand for “green professionals” in the building industry. Besides taking up jobs in civil & structural design and project management, graduates who specialise in Architecture can also seek employment in architectural firms.

SDE graduates who specialise in Sustainable Technologies will be able to assist civil engineering consultants, property developers and contractors in the design and construction of buildings and infrastructure.

Further studies

Upon graduation, you can pursue a degree in related fields such as architecture, civil engineering, construction management, project management and facilities management.

You can be granted advanced standing at both local and overseas universities such as:

Nanyang Technological University

- Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

National University of Singapore

- Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

- Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

RMIT University (Australia)

- Bachelor of Architecture Design

University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)

- Bachelor of Design in Architecture

University of Strathclyde (UK)

- Bachelor of Science in Architecture Studies

- Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Heriot-Watt University (UK)

- Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture Engineering

University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)

- Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Which department am I in?

School of Design and Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,57,266) per year
Start date

Expected October 2023


School of Design and Environment

Blk 47 Level 07, Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

535, Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students


To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Science (with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component) or Biotechnology or Computer Studies or Design & Technology or Design Studies or Fundamentals of Electronics: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

Candidates with English as a second language (EL2) must have attained a minimum grade of 6.


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