Master of Sciences Integrated Sustainable Design

National University of Singapore NUS. Singapore, Singapore

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12 months


Local: 8.100  

Overs.: 31.500 



The MSc ISD is a one-year post-professional degree programme for individuals with an interest in the sustainable development of the built environment. The programme’s past and current students include architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban planners, project managers and educators.


WHY MSc ISD? The programme offers insights, knowledge and skill-sets for a holistic approach to sustainability. Its curriculum has four areas of emphases:


– The Asian Context | The programme asks what it means to design and build for Asia. It inculcates a sensitivity to climate, socio-economic factors and environmental vulnerabilities that are particular to the region.

– Buildings & Cities | The programme’s modules examine different scales at which the built environment is designed and operated. The first semester is devoted to the building scale; the second semester probes the urban scale. In both, candidates are taught to understand the interdependency of buildings and urban networks.

– Strategic Thinking | Modules emphasise strategic and critical thinking over text-book learning. This is about asking the right questions at the start of the design-construction process.

– Interactive, Integrative, Multidisciplinary | Learning focuses on process: the how and why of decision making. It advocates synergy between disciplines and stakeholders, bridging knowledge and viewpoints.


WHY SDE@NUS? WHY SINGAPORE? Singapore is on the forefront of environmental policy and action in Asia. The MSc ISD programme takes full advantage of this: its curriculum incorporates visits to completed projects and guest lectures by policy-makers and consultants, bringing to life the Singapore model. The National University of Singapore (NUS) is the premier university in Singapore, one that is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Asia. NUS’ School of Design and Environment (SDE) is a leading research and learning hub for the Asia-Pacific.


The MSc ISD programme is taught by its highly qualified faculty who bring cross-disciplinary viewpoints and cutting edge research. In-house teaching is augmented with Master Classes by internationally renowned scholars and practitioners who are brought in each semester. Students also have many informal learning opportunities outside the programme. Each semester, SDE hosts many local and international guest lectures, offering important and emerging viewpoints. 

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** Part of the information that the BAM Ranking used to evaluate this program was extracted from the Official Website of the Program.