The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Science (Building Performance and Sustainability) (MSc BPS) is a multi-disciplinary educational programme. The aim of the programme is to offer graduates of different disciplines, who are engaged in design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of building systems and services, an opportunity to acquire knowledge and practice in the broad field of Building Performance and Sustainability.

This awareness is vital for those engaged in such activities in the 21st century, as humanity is confronted by the consequences of climate change. This global phenomenon necessitates a paradigm shift towards creating buildings that are not only comfortable and healthy for their occupants, but which are also sustainable for the environment.

The MSc BPS programme was developed with an eye on the challenges that the building sector is facing, with emphasis on the rapid urbanisation that is occurring in the tropics, and on similar fundamental issues related to climates and cultures around the world—all issues with the potential to impact billions of people.

Why This Programme?

  • Join a university that is ranked among the top in the world for Architecture & Built Environment1.

  • Acquire a sound understanding of the importance of sustainability in building creation, as well as the operation and maintenance of building systems, through a multi-disciplinary approach.

  • Graduate with an internationally recognised degree and be qualifi­ed for practice in the broad fi­eld of Building Performance and Sustainability.

1  QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 


Application Period
An Academic Year (AY) at NUS consists of two semesters and a special term (which occurs during the Semester 2 Vacation, and is divided into two parts of six weeks duration each):

  • Semester 1: Aug–Dec
  • Semester 2: Jan–May
  • Special Term (Part 1): May–Jun
  • Special Term (Part 2): Jun–Jul

For the MSc BPS programme, there is one application period for each AY:

Programme Intake Application Dates
MSc BPS Semester 1
(Aug Intake)
15 Nov of the year preceding the intake year to 15 Jan of the intake year


Admission to the NUS MSc BPS programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:


Bachelor’s Degree (preferably with honours) in a relevant discipline


For holders of Bachelor’s Degrees with honours, relevant practical experience preferred

For holders of Bachelor’s Degrees without honours, at least three years of relevant work experience

English Language

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 85 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 6.0.

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.


Not applicable

Note: Please see application information here.


The NUS MSc BPS programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  12 months 
 Part-time  24 months

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. Part-time courses and courses conducted in the evening or on weekends are not eligible. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The MSc BPS is a 40-modular credit (MC) coursework-based Master’s Degree programme comprising: 

  • Core/essential modules (12 MCs), and

  • Prescribed elective modules (28 MCs);


  • Core/essential modules (12 MCs),

  • Prescribed elective modules (20 MCs), and

  • Unrestricted elective modules (8 MCs);


  • Core/essential modules (12 MCs),

  • Prescribed elective modules (20 MCs), and

  • Dissertation (8 MCs).

Core/Essential Modules

The modules listed here are required, regardless of whether a student chooses to take the prescribed elective module track, the prescribed and unrestricted elective module track, or the prescribed elective module and dissertation track (see above).

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
BPS5111 Integrated Building Design 4
Green Building Integration and Evaluation Studio (taken over two semesters)


Elective Modules

Students must complete between 20 MCs to 28 MCs of prescribed elective modules, depending on the track chosen (see above). If a student chooses to do 20 MCs of prescribed elective modules, an additional 8 MCs must be taken either from unrestricted elective modules or the dissertation.

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Prescribed Elective Modules
Module Code Module Title MCs
BPS5221 Microclimate Design 4
Indoor Environmental Quality
Building Energy Performance – Passive Systems
BPS5224 Building Energy Performance – Active Systems 4
BPS5225 Building Energy Audit and Performance Measurement and Verification 4
BPS5226 Smart Buildings and Facilities 4
Maintainability and Green Facilities Management
Advanced Building Materials and Structures
Data Science for the Built Environment
Topics in Building Performance and Sustainability
Unrestricted Elective Modules
Complete any TWO approved graduate-level modules from any Department/Faculty.
Module Code Module Title MCs
BPS5000 Dissertation 8


Note: For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS MSc BPS programme, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40 MCs, comprising:

  • 12 MCs of core/essential modules, and
  • 28 MCs of prescribed elective modules;
  • 12 MCs of core/essential modules,
  • 20 MCs of prescribed elective modules, and
  • 8 MCs of unrestricted elective modules;
  • 12 MCs of core/essential modules,
  • 20 MCs of prescribed elective modules, and
  • 8 MCs of dissertation

Module and/or Qualification

Pass BPS5112 Green Building Integration and Evaluation Studio

Attain 40 MCs within a maximum period of four semesters for full-time students, and six semesters for part-time students

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Minimum 3.0 (out of maximum of 5.0)

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements; specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS MSc BPS programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


S$42,056.08 (excluding GST) /
S$45,000.00 (including GST) 

Financial Assistance

Students in this programme have in the past been eligible for, or received funding support from:

SkillsFuture Study Award for Built Environment (Singapore Citizens)

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please refer to the NUS Office of Admissions.


S$100 (inclusive of GST)

• Non-refundable and non-transferable


S$10,000 (excluding GST)

• Payable upon acceptance of offer
• Non-refundable and non-transferable
• Will be credited towards tuition fees

Miscellaneous Student Fees

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

• Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

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Next Intake:

Application Period:

15 Nov 2021–15 Jan 2022

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* For full details, please refer to main write-up. 

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• Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation

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For Frequently Asked Questions relevant to Design and Environment programmes, please click here.

For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

For enquiries, please email us at pgc@nus.edu.sg.

15 November 2021