The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Science, Integrated Sustainable Design (MSc ISD) is a one-year, post-professional programme that addresses global sustainability challenges at the building and urban scales, integrating the disciplines of architecture, engineering, landscape design, planning, urban design and biological science. Its curriculum delves into material, technical, spatial and social systems, as these concern urbanisation in Asia.

Students reading MSc ISD come from varied disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. While most hail from Asian countries, there are a few from Australia, Europe, as well as North and Central America.

With the MSc ISD experience, graduates will have a newfound capability to frame problems from a systems perspective. They will be well-placed to carve out unique positions in the building and planning sectors. Many return to their cores disciplines as sustainability-trained professionals. Some graduates segue into research, education or specialist consulting. Others have gone on to pursue PhDs.

Why This Programme?

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

  • Examine sustainability from multi-disciplinary, systems- and Asia-centric perspectives.

  • Learn to address challenges at the scale of a building and the city.

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 ISD programme, there are two application periods for each AY:

Programme Intake Application Dates
MSc ISD Semester 1
(Aug Intake)
15 Nov of the year preceding the intake year to 15 Jan of the intake year
MSc ISD Semester 2
(Jan Intake)
15 Jul to 15 Sep of the year preceding the intake year


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


Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Planning/Urban Design, Project and Facility Management, or any built environment-related programmes or qualifications as may be approved by NUS


Preference is given to applicants with one to two years of work experience and/or qualifications that speak to an interest in sustainability 

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.


Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an admission interview (through telephone or video conferencing for overseas applicants).

Note: Please see application information here.


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

  • Integrated Project Studio Modules (16 MCs),
  • Lecture module (16 MCs), and
  • Elective modules (8 MCs).
Core/Essential Modules

Students need to complete two Integrated Project Studio Modules (8 MCs each), as well as four lecture modules.

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
ISD5101 Integrated Project Studio 1 8
Green Buildings in the Tropics
Energy and Ecology 4
ISD5102 Integrated Project Studio 2 8
Principles of Sustainable Urbanism
ISD 5106 Sustainability Models and Blueprints


Elective Modules

Students must complete a minimum of 8 MCs of elective modules. Electives are modules students select to augment core learning.

* A list of pre-approved electives will be released by the Programme Director at the start of each semester. Students may also select modules not on this list, subject to approval by the Programme Director.

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 ISD programme, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40 MCs, comprising:

  • 16 MCs of Integrated Project Studio Modules,
  • 16 MCs of lecture modules, and
  • 8 MCs of elective modules

Module and/or Qualification

Not applicable

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 ISD 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$38,317.76 (excluding GST) /
S$41,000.00 (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$150 (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*

Upcoming Webinar(s):

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Next Intake:

Application Period:

15 Nov 2021–15 Jan 2022

Apply now!

* Prospective students are strongly advised to complete the application and upload all necessary documents by 15 Dec 2021 in order to be notified of the application outcome earlier

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

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• PDF Brochure

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• Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation

• Master of Arts in Urban Design

• Master of Landscape Architecture

• Master of Science in Building Performance and Sustainability


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