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What will I learn?

The MSc ISD is a one-year post-professional degree programme for individuals with an interest in the sustainable development of the built environment. The programme’s past and current students include architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban planners, project managers and educators.

WHY MSc ISD?

The programme offers insights, knowledge and skill-sets for a holistic approach to sustainability. Its curriculum has four areas of emphases:

The Asian Context | The programme asks what it means to design and build for Asia. It inculcates a sensitivity to climate, socio-economic factors and environmental vulnerabilities that are particular to the region.

Buildings & Cities | The programme’s modules examine different scales at which the built environment is designed and operated. The first semester is devoted to the building scale; the second semester probes the urban scale. In both, candidates are taught to understand the interdependency of buildings and urban networks.

Strategic Thinking | Modules emphasise strategic and critical thinking over text-book learning. This is about asking the right questions at the start of the design-construction process.

Interactive, Integrative, Multidisciplinary | Learning focuses on process: the how and why of decision making. It advocates synergy between disciplines and stakeholders, bridging knowledge and viewpoints.

Which department am I in?

School of Design and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

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

Expected August 2022

Venue

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

Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications and relevant industry experience. An applicant must assemble the following:

Evidence of a bachelor’s degree with honours in Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Planning/Urban Design, Project and Facility Management or other building-related degree programmes, or qualifications as may be approved by National University of Singapore’s Senate.

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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