M.A. On Campus

Architectural Conservation

National University of Singapore

12 months
30245 USD/year
30245 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation at National University of Singapore is an advanced programme that offers a unique perspective on diverse Asian cultures by providing students with comprehensive knowledge and essential hands-on training and experience to develop skills for a range of careers in historic building conservation and related fields.


The MAArC is distinctively Asian, with the focus on ‘living’ and ‘local’ culture, and urban in its emphasis. Located at the crossroads of East and West, Singapore stands out for its unique urban landscape: historic districts, heritage buildings, and national monuments, which blend seamlessly with modern high-rise buildings. 

The survival of these rich and varied historic sites amid Singapore’s rapid development has been only possible due to deliberate, conscious, and integrated urban planning. With the city-state as a springboard providing enriching backdrop, we aim to provide an architectural conservation education that is sensitive to the varied challenges facing historic Asian cities, as well as diverse opportunities provided by the richness of cultural heritage, and socio-economic elements of the region.


Many MAArC alumni may return to their core disciplines as heritage conservation-trained professionals. A degree from one of the world’s premier school of design and environment, NUS enhances their standing and marketability; the MAArC experience provides them with an enhanced capability to broaden their perspective regarding emerging trends and persistent heritage issues in Asia. With the critical skills and knowledge gained through the programme, they are well placed to excel in heritage conservation or related sectors in the region. Some graduates may segue into research, education, or specialist consulting. Others may continue to pursue PhDs.

Programme Structure

The MAArC offers three streams that focus on the various demands and expertise of the profession:

- policy and management

- design in the historic urban context

- materials and technology

linking them directly to various aspects of heritage conservation in Asian cities. A candidate will have an option to choose one of the three streams as per his/her specialisation.



The MAArC offers the opportunity to engage students with local and international practices, gaining practical and research experience in heritage conservation, by working as an intern in a private company or public organisation both in Singapore and the region. This practical experience can also be validated as a part of the elective internship module (AC5014). Students can take this module between the two semesters.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


40 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Evidence of a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Architecture, Planning/Urban Design, Project and Facility Management, or any built environment-related programmes or qualifications as may be approved by National University of Singapore.
  • In exceptional cases, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with at least a two-year of relevant work experience, subject to approval by the Faculty and Board of Graduate Studies, on a case-by-case basis.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and, if the candidate is from a design background, a project portfolio if from the non-design background, and essay and a detailed CV.
  • Two letters of reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30245 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30245 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    30245 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30245 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • S$41,000

Living costs for Singapore

1878 - 3880 SGD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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