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What will I learn?

Asia is now the epicentre of the world’s rapid urbanisation. With the majority of global urban population growth projected to take place in this region, cities in Asia are confronted with unprecedented challenges ranging from environmental threats to resource inefficiency and from social inequality to public health declining. At the same time, they are also standing at the frontline of developing new economic models, morphological structures, technological interventions, and governmental institutions to build resilient, equitable and liveable urban environment. Both challenges and opportunities require the urban design profession to constantly reinvent itself, producing new knowledge and methodologies to shape the future cities.

NUS has been leading the urban design education in Asia since 1998, when the Master of Arts in Urban Design (MAUD) was established as the first-of-its-kind programme in Asia. Over the past two decades, the MAUD programme has cultivated numerous leading urban designers with strategic visions and creative thinking skills for Asia and beyond. Today, in response to the fast-changing and increasingly complex urban realities, this programme provides students with an unparalleled learning opportunity, tapping into the experience of Singapore and cities in Asia as laboratories for design innovation and excellence. It aims to equip graduates with cutting-edge knowledge, social responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and all necessary skills to push forward the urban design profession in the rapidly urbanising world.

The learning of MAUD programme is organised around several key areas: 1) high-density urban environment and its physical structures and social conditions; 2) technological advancement and data-augmented design; 3) social engagement and community development; and 4) systems thinking and collaboration in design.


The MAUD programme is a one-year full-time programme (two-year part-time). Its interdisciplinary curriculum is anchored by two urban design studios and a set of theory, methodology and technology modules. Students are able to participate in overseas field trips, internship attachments, and research activities to broaden their exposure and enrich their learning. This programme is uniquely positioned to leverage on Singapore’s experiences and its role as the central hub of the region and the world. It brings to students:

A global perspectives on Asian urban challenges

Singapore as a laboratory for high-density urbanism

Broad exposure through varsity-industry-government partnerships

Collaborative learning to nurture leadership for greater cities

Which department am I in?

School of Design and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

1 August 2022, 9 January 2023


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

Admission to the MAUD programme requires:

A Bachelor’s degree or above in built-environment disciplines (architecture, urban or spatial planning, landscape architecture, environmental design). We are also open to related disciplines (e.g. real estate, transport planning, building environment, project management, human geography). Professional experience relevant to urban design is preferred.

For applicants whose medium of undergraduate instruction is not English, A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based testing) or 6.5 for IELTS is required.


About National University of Singapore (NUS)

Along with the highest education standards, students at NUS benefit from an excellent overall experience with excellent research facilities.

  • Ranked 11th in the world (QS World rankings 2022)
  • Excellent graduation rate of over 97 percent
  • Leading research teams using cutting-edge facilities
  • Outstanding selection of courses across 17 faculties

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