1-Year Full-Time Master of Arts (Urban Design) Programme

Graduation Requirements


Successful completion of the program requires a candidate to complete one (1) dissertation and to pass six (6) compulsory modules (including urban design studios) and one (1) optional module/elective.

Total number of Modular Credit required is 42.

Minimum CAP for graduation is 3.0.

Total Module requirements:
- 7 essential/core modules (38 modular credits)
- 1 elective module (4 modular credits)

Urban Design Studio

The urban design studio is where the synthesis of theoretical and practical aspects of urban analysis and design takes place. Using urban design projects of different scales that deal with programming, planning, and design, the studio encourages the integration of political, social, economic, environmental, and physical concerns in the design of urban spaces.

The studio will also analyse successful urban design projects in the form of case studies. Previous urban design projects include the design of an urban university campus at Bras Basah Park, the layout of new towns at Punggol and near the Pandan River, Orchard Road and Balestier fringe district, as well as new development and ecological initiatives for the Kallang Basin.

Field Trip

During the second semester, students are required to travel to a regional country to work with local authorities on a short intensive project for a week to ten days in order to gain exposure and insight on the urban planning and design practice in the country concerned. One of the objectives of the field trip is to inculcate in our students the ability to understand, analyse critically, and intervene sensitively and reasonably in environments very different from that of Singapore. The opportunity to work closely with the local authorities on a real project also gives the student an added sense of gravity and responsibility.

In one year, students worked with officials from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in Sri Lanka as well as local officials from the southern coastal township of Dondra. At the request of and working in conjunction with the local authorities, the students proposed several developmental projects for the communities and townships concerned.

In another year, students went to Manila where they worked with the Metro Manila Development Authority as well as a local architectural practice to develop solutions for the revitalisation of Manila's Pasig River. Another cohort of students went to Suizhou, China, together with a dozen other graduate students from Wuhan University and University of New South Wales to produce a concept plan and urban design solutions for the city in collaboration with the municipal planning authority.