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The programme can be completed in one year, full time, or two years, part time*. To qualify for the Masters of Science degree a candidate must attain 40 modular credits. These can be attained via combination of (i) Essential Modules that includes Integrated Project Studio and (ii) Programme Electives:


- 4 Essential Modules (4 modular credits each = 16 MCs)
- 2 Essential Modules/Integrated Project Studio (8 modular credits each = 16 MCs)
- 2 Programme Electives (4 modular credits each = 8 MCs)



Essential modules examine the challenges of making sustainable environments along with knowledge needed to address these challenges; integrated project studios direct theory towards problem-solving with emphasis on integrative thinking. Programme electives offer students an opportunity to acquire skill sets and specialised knowledge, such as building performance simulations, depending on the individual’s background and future role in industry. Programme electives are picked from a basket of specified eight modules currently offered in related Masters programmes or may be any other approved graduate level modules on offer at the National University of Singapore.

Module Code/Title       Modular Credits
Semester 1        
ISD5101 Integrated Project Studio 1       8
ISD5103 Green Buildings in the Tropics       4
ISD5104 Energy and Ecology       4
Programme Elective 1       4
    Sub total   20
Semester 2        
ISD5102 Integrated Project Studio 2       8
ISD5105 Principles of Sustainable Urbanism       4
ISD5106 Sustainability Models and Blueprints       4
Programme Elective 2       4
    Sub total   20
    Total   40

* Teaching of all essential modules and associated Masterclasses will be carried out during the day. Part-time candidates planning to hold down jobs should check schedule of classes one month prior to the commencement of a teaching semester. The onus lies with the candidate to arrange for annual leave or time-off with his/her employer

Essential Modules
ISD 5101 and ISD 5102 Integrated Studio Project 1 & 2 in semesters 1 and 2 respectively (Modular Credits: 8 per studio, total 16)

These studio-based modules develop skills and mindsets for integrative thinking. Students will be organised into multidisciplinary teams to work on two projects. Semester one project will focus on mid-sized building in tropical or subtropical conditions. Semester two project will examine challenges at an urban scale: clusters of buildings and public spaces. Assessment will be based on breadth and depth of sustainability targets set by the group and the degree to which these are met. Learning outcomes include the questioning of the traditional design process, the management of conflicts and tradeoffs, and the potential synergy between passive design principles, electro-mechanical systems and Green technologies.
ISD 5103 Green Buildings in the Tropics (Modular Credits: 4)

This module seeks out Green approaches and models appropriate to buildings in tropical and subtropical conditions. Underlying this search is the question of performance; who defines it and what it means at local and global levels. Two aspects of thus will be covered. Vernacular solutions and indigenous knowledge speak of climate and context, shaping demand for resources and occupant well being. Technology and system-driven approaches dwell on the efficacies of resource and waste management. Integration of the two, selectively and critically, is central to the future of Green buildings in Asia.  This module will examine the constituents of Green performance; it will contextualise these for tropical and subtropical conditions, addressing urban, suburban and rural typologies.

ISD 5104 Energy and Ecology (Modular Credits: 4)

The burning of fossil fuels, resulting in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, is the primary cause of global warming.  Energy, when described as tonnes of GHG emissions, fundamentally alters the way in which buildings and cities are designed and operated. It demands a shift from mere energy efficiency to deeper questions of how energy is produced, transmitted, utilised and reutilised. It extends beyond energy use to include energy used off-site, for instance, in the sourcing of products, the assembly and disassembly of materials. This module paints the broad picture of energy and global warming within the context of decisions made at the drawing board.
ISD 5105 Principles of Sustainable Urbanism (Modular Credits: 4)

The accelerated, often rampant, growth of cities affects the quality of their inhabitants’ lives, their ecological footprints and community bonds. Coping with urban growth affects those in the city, and those in peri-urban, agricultural areas. This module investigates historical and economic forces shaping birth and growth of cities, identifies the forces of urbanism that have a direct and indirect environment impact (such as transport infrastructure) and offers insights and new models for sustainable rejuvenation and growth of cities in Asia.
ISD 5106 Sustainability Models and Blueprints (Modular Credits: 4)

The Singapore experience in managing resources, waste and infrastructure, of balancing environment, economy and community, is much reported and vaunted. It is generally acknowledged that there is much to learn from Singapore’s success and that these lessons might be a development model for parts of Asia. This module covers the many facets of the Singapore experience, probing its success and scalability. Also covered are other models, relevant to various conditions and contexts prevalent in Asia.
Essential Modules will be augmented by renowned industry experts and practitioners who will be invited to conduct Master Classes.

A schedule of guest lectures will be announced each semester that will feature speakers from Singapore’s planning departments and building authorities, along with experts from other faculties and departments within the National University of Singapore.
Programme Electives
Candidates will select two from the eight offered or any approved graduate level module:
AR 4322 Design Simulation and Analysis (Modular Credits: 4)

This module covers the concept of performance-based architectural design and the fundamentals of design simulation and analysis in the formulation of design strategies. It is aimed to provide students with quantitative means to evaluate design architectural design in areas of climate response, daylighting, solar analysis, energy efficiency and air flow in achieving sustainable objectives. The objectives of the module are as follows:

- General knowledge in the concepts and methods of performance-based architectural design
- Fundamentals of design simulation and performance prediction.
- Design strategies formulation through the support of software simulation and prediction tools in achieving sustainable design objectives.
- Design development and critical design thinking through the process of quantitative design evaluation.
UD 5628 Sustainability in Urban Development (Modular Credits: 4)

The module engages the contemporary issues of urban ecology and its articulation to design and development in urban settings. The new commitment of the co-habitation of nature and built environment has drawn attentions of the architects, urban designers and environmental professionals. The discourses of urban sustainability have to move away from social sufficiency, ecological efficiency to ecosystem compatibility by linking the forms and flows of urban, industrial and natural systems. The new challenges of urban ecological issue require design and environmental professionals to deal with how urban and environment spaces could be analyzed, designed, managed, evaluated, represented and changed for responding to the cutting-edge sustainable issues. Divided by two main categories, Spatial Typologies and Ecological Flows, the series of lecture covers the trends and issues of sustainable urban design and development. The sessions conclude with the discussion of representational dimension of urban and environmental design that is essential to the professional practices of ecologically sound urban and environmental design.
DE 5107 Environmental Planning (Modular Credits: 4)

This course will introduce students to the multi-disciplinary nature of environmental planning, by exploring the basic principles of sustainable development and the physical planning instruments that can be employed to achieve it. The course will include an introduction to urban and regional planning theory as the framework for the discussion of environmental planning procedures. The decision environment involving the policy framework and resources, the use of strategic, sectoral, master and local plans, regulatory instruments, economic measures, participatory processes and public investment projects will be covered. Processes of identifying desired developments and intensities, site selection, planning, design and construction management, mitigation and augmentation of environmental impacts would be discussed. The course will include a planning project, that will demonstrate the technical, decision-making and plan formulation, site planning and design procedures involved
BL 5102 Environmental Science (Modular Credits: 4)

The module discusses earth's environmental dimensions of air, water and land, and the interaction between living and non-living components. Earth is considered as a system through which materials are continuously cycled. Impacts caused by natural or human influences affect the state of balance, leading to environmental problems, with human impacts causing more serious consequences to the environment and human society. The module covers the properties of air, water and land, ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem integrity and environmental capacity, pollution pathways and impacts, conservation science, integrated management approaches. The scientific basis of environmental management is stressed
BPS 5101 Total Building Performance and Integration (Modular Credits: 4)

This module aims to provide the concept and principles of total building performance and diagnosis, and introduces the methodology for building performance evaluation and rectification. It also considers four systems of integration in buildings – Structures, Envelope, Mechanical and Interior. The module exposes the participants to a hands-on evaluation of a building system in the form of an integrated project.
BPS 5204 Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in Buildings (Modular Credits: 4)

This module deals with Energy Efficient (EE) Technologies and Renewable Energy (RE) Systems for Green Buildings. The focus is on HVAC design optimization and the E domain includes cogeneration and trigengghref="http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/mscisd/curri.html" style="text-decoration: none" > eration systems, district cooling/heating systems, cleaning technologies and ventilation systems. The RE domain includes photo-voltaics, solar-thermal, geothermal, wind and fuel cells.
PM 5105 Development Finance (Modular Credits: 4)

This module introduces capital budgeting, project finance, and risk analysis. It covers the capital allocation framework, project cash flows, investment criteria, cost of capital, financial risk analysis, and how various types of projects are financed.
PM 5106 Design Management (Modular Credits: 4)

This module is designed to provide project managers with an appreciation of the role of design as well as the designer in projects. It covers the concept of design for value, integrated designs, the client’s brief, design evaluation, and the impact of design on procurement and production.
Graduation Requirements
Successful completion of the programme requires a candidate to pass 40 Modular Credits. The graduation requirements of 40 modular credits (MC) are to be done within a maximum period of 4 semesters for full-time candidates, and 6 semesters for part-time candidates, and with a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.

Every effort is made to ensure that the information is accurate and current. The National University of Singapore reserves the right to make alterations without notice.

Landscape architect and urbanist, Herbert Dreiseitl (far right), leads the class on a site visit to Bishan Park. Image: Samuel Hartono
Studio project: Rethinking Singapore’s Kallang Precinct for 2050. Image showing network of public and green spaces for sub-site 5 by Mahrooh Basar, Deepshi Bhogal, Martha Budiman, Mayank Kaushal, Ashwani Kumar, Harry Joseph Serrano
Studio project: Rethinking Singapore’s Kallang Precinct for 2050. Image showing network of energy sources for sub-site 2 by Sauer Per Alan Cann, Amrut Deshmukh, Leedy Diana, Jenny Pandian, Moses Tan, Wu Tong
Studio project: A New Typology for Workplaces in Asia. Image showing cimate-responsive, dynamic façade for an office building in New Delhi, India, by Tania Migliani
Studio project: A New Typology for Workplaces in Asia. Image showing the integration of passive strategies and active systems for office building in Chennai, India, by Sandeep Vasanth
Studio project: A New Typology for Workplaces in Asia. Image showing an assembly of low-impact structures and mateials for an office building in Jakarta, Indonesia, by Nicolas Aryoseto