Urbanization in Asia is proceeding at a pace and scale that is unprecedented in history. Climate change, the pervasiveness of info-communications technology, geopolitical instability and increasing socio-economic inequality impinge on the ways cities are planned, built and lived. In the wake of these challenges, the profession of urban planning is constantly reinventing itself by critically examining existing methodologies and incorporating new ones. Singapore is a well-known forerunner in the innovation of planning ideas and methods, combining high density living with ecological sensitivity, economic dynamism with social equity. The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) programme taps into the experience of this city-state and stages it as a laboratory in the constant experimentation of planning solutions.

 The MUP programme at NUS is a two-year, full-time, multidisciplinary programme that seeks to equip the graduates with all the necessary skills and knowledge to act as urban planning professionals in a rapidly urbanizing world. The programme is a joint initiative of the Department of Architecture and the Department of Real Estate, with additional contributions from the Departments of Geography and Sociology, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Recently the University Rankings by Academic Performance ranks Urban Planning at NUS as #9 worldwide.


The AMU certificate is designed for students who are enrolled in the Master of Urban Planning Programme at NUS and its equivalent Master’s degree programmes in Tongji University, Tsinghua University and The University of Tokyo.

Students enrolled in the AMU programme may apply to spend semester 2 and/or 3 at one of the participating universities, provided that the requirements of the essential modules are fullfilled. Modules taken at the overseas universities would be mapped to home university modules accordingly. 

Upon completion of all graduation requirements of the Certificate Programme, the AMU students will receive a certificate which is signed by the representatives of all the host universities on behalf of all participating universities.