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What will I learn?

Cities worldwide are growing at challenging and unprecedented speeds with Asia leading the rapid urbanization process that will take the region to transform its urban environments, populations and landscapes into the highest dense cities in our planet. This scenario requests the urgent need for urban design professionals, specially architects, planners, engineers and landscape architects, to tackle the challenges affecting cities such as changes in the living and working patterns, aging populations, new mobility trends, changes in the forms of industrial production and consumption, urban informality, population growth and migration, or the effects of climate change. These and other critical issues are affecting our urban and physical spaces, and in the coming years professionals trained in urban design will have a key role in shaping the future of our cities through innovative ideas and approaches.

NUS and the Department of Architecture have been leading the Urban Design education in Asia since 1998, when the MaUD was established as the first Master of Urban Design programme in Asia and the region. In more than 20 years of history, the MaUD has drawn on the contemporary successful urban experience of Singapore as a living laboratory, as well as on its role in helping to transform the region, to prepare the most innovative and creative thinking urban designers to envision strategic futures and design sustainable and resilient great urban places.

The Master of Urban Design programme is a one-year full-time international and interdisciplinary course (two-year part-time), oriented to those who seek an intense educational setting where to study the city in more complex and inclusive terms. Through a combination of real-setting urban design studios and focused modules you will work in addressing the challenges facing urban designers, architects and urbanists in the 21stcentury. You will be prepared to design successful urban spaces that take into careful consideration current and future users based on an understanding of a wide range of issues including those impinging on sustainability, resilience, economics, ecology, sociology, environmental psychology, technology, urban geography, cultural theory or real estate.

Which department am I in?

School of Design and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Fee for students with service obligation: SG $20,200 per year; Non-Subsidised Fees: SG $35,250 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

For admission as a candidate for the Master of Arts (Urban Design), a person must have obtained one of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Architecture / Master of Architecture OR Bachelor of Arts (Architecture)Hons OR Bachelor/ Master of Urban Planning OR Bachelor/ Master of Landscape Architecture OR Honours / Graduate degree in a related discipline
  • Application requires submission of a design portfolio.
  • Relevant work experience in the related discipline is considered positively.

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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