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What will I learn?

Architecture reaches out to audiences beyond the discipline. Like meaningful research agendas, architectural projects can benefit populations seeking to understand contemporary challenges and to create better living environments in the light of change. But Masters Design Projects need not be confined to one of problem solving, nor need they only be explored through building solutions.

Masters Design Projects change the way we think. By debunking myths and creating critical awareness in our personal interpretations of the world we live in. Individuals bring along personal experiences to contribute to a project that shapes objects, cities, processes, and creates new perception and knowledge to spark our imaginations.

Masters Design Projects include those attempted in two Options Design Research Studios, the Advanced Architecture Studio and the Thesis project. All studios may explore issues relevant to the interests of the Research Teaching Groups, adjunct teachers and professors in practice. Students are encouraged to capitalize on faculty expertise in widening the scope of investigations which collectively strengthen the Thesis Project. Essential and Elective modules are useful in underpinning your Masters studio investigations.

Although Options Design Research studios may be varied in content and method, students are advised to be selective and to use them as ‘learning runways’ to identify a Thesis topic and to apply accumulated knowledge there. The Advanced Architecture Studio preceding the Thesis may be used to explore thesis drivers in greater detail and focus.

Beyond a commitment to individual academic portfolios, Masters projects play an important role in characterizing the discursive ethos of a design school.

Which department am I in?

School of Design and Environment

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 2 years)

Tuition fees
SG$20,350.00 (11,49,068) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


School of Design and Environment

National University of Singapore,

4 Architecture Drive,

117566, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require a Bachelor’s degree with honours or equivalent, in a relevant discipline; or a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate with a minimum CAP of 3.00. English Language Requirements: TOEFL score is required: 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or 580 for the paper-based test; or 237 for the computer-based test; an IELTS score of 6.0.

For international students

In general, the University requires:

  • Normally a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline; or an NUS Honours degree (at least Distinction/Second Class Upper Division) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelor’s degree with an average grade above B) in a relevant discipline, subject to approval by the Faculty, on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements: Minimum TOEFL score is required: 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or 580 for the paper-based test; or 237 for the computer-based test. IELTS result of 6.0 is required.


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