Singapore is on the frontlines of environmental policy and action in Asia. It serves as an exemplar of sustainability, particularly considering its greening efforts since the 1960s alongside its innovative urban development. With the city-state as a springboard, students are led to explore issues specific to tropical/subtropical climates and high-density urbanism.
Three areas of focus differentiate the MSc ISD approach:
The programme examines different scales of the built environment. The first semester is devoted to the building scale; the second probes the urban. Students discover why scale matters to a discussion on sustainability; they are taught to visualise the interdependency of engineered, spatial and landscape elements, and to frame buildings within neighbourhoods, and neighbourhoods within cities.
Systems-thinking aids the visualisation of connectivity and exchange. It facilitates life-sustaining flows of resources and people in a manner that unifies and fortifies, and reverses fragmentation. The programme, for instance, investigates the interface between natural and human-made systems; it probes the links between social and economic networks. It emphasises integration, how to bind elements into new wholes, and goes beyond improving the performance of parts, an approach that limits environmental thinking today.
Project-Based, Cross-Disciplinary Learning
The programme is taught by highly qualified professors who offer cross-disciplinary viewpoints and undertake cutting-edge research. In-house teaching is augmented with masterclasses run by internationally renowned scholars and practitioners. Past masterclasses have included architects, WOHA, and climate engineers, Transsolar KlimaEngineering. The two integrated studio projects channel theory into problem-solving. Here, emphasis is placed on strategic, critical and collaborative thinking, past textbook learning.
The four focus areas of the MSc ISD programme are integrated into a curriculum structure that fleshes out the challenges of Asia and offers an approach to tackling them. The centrepiece of the programme are two project-based modules in which students are tasked with a complex real-world problem. These two modules are backed by four lecture modules in which sustainability-related paradigms, principles, and strategies, are critically examined.
To be awarded the degree, a candidate must attain 40 modular credits made up of the following:
- 2 Integrated Project Studio Modules (8 MCs each = 16 MCs)
- 4 Lecture Modules (4 MCs each = 16 MCs)
- 2 Electives (4 MCs each = 8 MCs)
- 12 months
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40 modular credits
DisciplinesDesign Sustainable Development View 4 other Masters in Sustainable Development in Singapore
- Evidence of a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Planning/Urban Design, Project and Facility Management, or any built environment-related programmes or qualifications as may be approved by the National University of Singapore.
- A detailed curriculum vitae and, if the candidate is from a design background, a project portfolio.
- Letters of reference from at least two persons.
- An essay between 1000 to 2000 words, explaining why sustainability is important to the applicant.
International25792 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25792 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
National25792 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25792 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
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