University Scholars Programme (USP)
The University Scholars Programme [USP] is a premier undergraduate programme that selects highly talented students from Faculties across NUS. Its unique curriculum and learning environment stretch students’ intellectual, leadership and personal capacities, and foster a vibrant community of scholars that strives to break new ground in multidisciplinary insights and global perspectives. For more specific information, please visit the NUS USP website.

For 2011 Cohort & Earlier

USP students are expected to fulfill the following requirements:


I. Eight First Tier Modules


First-tier modules are a structured collection of multidisciplinary modules in which students integrate diverse bodies of knowledge and evaluate critically different intellectual methodologies. There are three main Domains and thirteen Areas of study. These modules can be read anytime over four years (preferably within the first three years, but not all within the first year). These modules are equivalent to level 2000 modules, and are run by the USP Office.

Please refer to USP website for details on First-Tier Module Domain distribution requirements

Wherever possible, the first tier modules will replace the University Level Requirements within the B.A (Architecture) programme.

  B.A (Industrial Design) students are expected to read one (1) Writing and Critical Thinking module and one (1) Singapore Studies themed USP module.
  Students will be exempted from HR3003 Management & Human Relations if they take and pass any one of the following:
- UHB2201 Human Relations OR
- UHB2204 Leadership OR
- UHB2205 Unraveling Riddles of Culture OR
- UHB2206 Leadership in a Complex World
  Writing and Critical Thinking module replaces AR5011 Research Methodology for students in the Design track or Architectural Studies track.

II. Advanced Modules


Student must pass four (4) Advanced Modules worth 16 MCs.

The following deliverables are set out for Architecture students in fulfillment of the USP Advanced Modules Requirement.


2004/05 and 2006/07 Cohorts:


USP students are required to conduct Independent research and design, leading to a public exhibition.

The exhibition will ride-on to AR4101 Design 7 (8MCs) and AR4102 Design 8 (8MCs), in satisfying the 16MCs USP Advanced curriculum requirements.


2007/08 Cohort onwards:


Students will ride on two design modules to fulfill the 16 credits of the USP advanced modules requirement.

- AR3102 Design 6 (12 MC) and

- AR4102 Design 8 OR AR4104 Architectural & Technology Design 2 OR LA4702 MLA Studio: City OR AR4142 Research Report (8 MC)

Students will be required to conduct intensive and independent research on the related issues to support the design development process. Students have to submit in addition to their project requirements, an additional research report as a consolidation of their research and findings.

The research report is to be submitted after design submission (deadline to be determined by Department) and will be assessed by the design tutor and USP coordinator.


For 2012 Cohort Onwards


Foundation Tier (12 MCs)

3 compulsory modules (12 MCs)

Inquiry Tier
(32 MCs)

  • 4 inquiry modules (2 HSS + 2 ST) (16MCs)
  • 2 modules from major (up to 16 MCs):
  • AR3102 Design 6 (8 MCs)
  • AR4102 Design 8
    OR AR4104 Architectural & Technology Design 2
    OR LA4702 MLA Studio: City
    OR AR4002 Advanced Architectural Study 2 OR DEP5103 Urban Planning Studio + DEP5103a Quantitative Methods for Urban Planning, depending on the tracks of study that the students are admitted to (each module  8 MCs)

Reflection Tier
(4 MCs)

1 compulsory module (4MCs)


SDE students will be able to map an additional 2 modules (8MCs) of USP inquiry modules on SEP. They will thus be exempt from the requirement to do a minimum of 4 inquiry tier modules. For details on USP curriculum, please refer to USP Website


Overall Curriculum Requirements for USP students


2005/06 cohort


2006/07 cohort


2007/08 cohort

  2008/09 cohort to 2010/11 cohort
  2011/12 Cohort
  2012/13 cohort onwards
Updated: 24 June, 2015