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Urban Design

National University of Singapore

12 months
25792 EUR/year
25792 EUR/year
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The Master of Arts (Urban Design) is a one-year full-time programme. 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.


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. 


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.


It brings to students:  

  • A 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.


  • 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 the education. It nurtures leadership skills in future urban designers for them to helm multi-professional, multi-disciplinary collaboration with strong commitment to creating greater cities.


Programme Structure

The MAUD curriculum aims to create an encompassing platform to consolidate students’ knowledge foundation and, more importantly, promote interdisciplinary collaborative learning. The modules are therefore designed to strike a balance between design studio and different aspects of urban design in terms of content, and between project-based and discussion-based learning in terms of pedagogy. Many modules are shared with other programmes to provide students with an opportunity to work across disciplinary boundaries, socially negotiating knowledge with different peers. A diversity of practitioners and government officers are also engaged to provide students with wider exposures through seminar conversation and dissertation research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


44 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.


  • A design portfolio to showcase the applicant’s excellence in built-environment design and placemaking. For group works, the applicant’s contribution should be stated clearly. For professional works, verification should be provided to indicate the applicant’s contribution.



English Requirement:

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.

Tuition Fee

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    25792 EUR/year
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    25792 EUR/year
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Living costs for Singapore

1878 - 3880 SGD /month
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