School of Academic/ Faculty

NUS College of Design and Engineering (CDE)

Course Highlight/ Description

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. 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 the MAUD programme is organised around several key areas:

- High-density urban environment and its physical structures and social conditions;
- technological advancement and data-augmented design;
- social engagement and community development; and
- systems thinking and collaboration in design.

About the programme
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 Singapore’s experiences and its role as the central hub of the region and the world. It brings to students:

- Global perspectives on Asian urban challenges. The teaching team of the MAUD programme is drawn from an international cast of experts from both academia and practice to provide students with global perspectives and help them become future-ready urban designers to deal with challenges in and beyond Asia. Besides, Singapore as the regional hub for many multinational design and planning firms attracts numerous urban professionals around the world, who are also engaged in various ways to enhance the teaching and learning of this programme.

- Singapore as a laboratory for high-density urbanism. Singapore is well-known for its outstanding achievements in high-density urbanism. It is the birthplace of many innovative urban design ideas that lead to the production of high-quality urban spaces across many cities. To study in and on Singapore is to live the city-state’s experience, witnessing how it creates new spatial configurations, incorporates natural resources, promotes public engagement, and harnesses smart technologies to achieve successful placemaking.

- Broad exposure through varsity-industry-government partnerships. Understanding relations and creating synergies between different stakeholders can result in more constructive outcomes of urban design. The programme continuously engages practitioners and government officers in the teaching of different modules to deepen students’ learning through various lenses, and also to ground their studies on real-world challenges.

- Collaborative learning to nurture leadership for greater cities. A defining character of urban design practice is collaboration across different knowledge boundaries and professional disciplines. Besides vocational knowledge, this programme places social and intellectual interdependence at the core of education. It nurtures leadership skills in future urban designers for them to helm multi-professional, multi-disciplinary collaboration with a strong commitment to creating greater cities.

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Course Duration

Full-time: 12 months; Part-time: 24 months

Entry Requirement

Bachelor’s Degree in built-environment disciplines (architecture, urban or spatial planning, landscape architecture, environmental design), or other related disciplines (e.g. real estate, transport planning, building environment, project management, human geography)

Professional experience relevant to urban design preferred

English Language:
Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 92 (Internet-based), or
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 6.5

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.

Total Estimated Fee

S$38,317.76 (excluding GST) / S$41,000.00 (including GST)

Campus Branches

Kent Ridge Campus