For Prospective Students

Admission Requirements

Applicants (except NUS/NTU/SMU graduates) should submit GRE score (minimum scores 320 for the verbal & quantitative sections and 3.5 for the analytical section). GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the test date.

Applicants whose native tongue or medium of undergraduate education is not in English MUST submit documentary evidence of their TOEFL scores. The minimum TOEFL Score ranges from 580 TO 600 or 85 for internet based test. IELTS score should be 7 and above. Applicants are encouraged to take the TSE (Test of Spoken English) and TWE (Test of Written English)

Master of Science (Building)

Admission to a research Master’s programme normally requires a good Honours degree or equivalent. The Department may also admit students with a good Bachelor’s degree with relevant research or working experience on a case-by-case basis.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission into a Ph.D. programme requires a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or at least a Second Class Upper Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Credit Transfers and Exemption of Coursework

Credit transfer and exemption for the coursework component of the graduate research programme may be granted for NUS modules taken and passed prior to admission to the programme or for modules completed at another tertiary institution recognised by the University.

Only modules relevant to the degree programme to which the candidate seeks admission, with comparable content and level of sophistication, and read less than five (5) years before the date of admission may be considered for credit transfer / exemption.

There is no limit to the transfer of credit for relevant modules that have not been used towards another degree at NUS or elsewhere.

For relevant modules that have been credited towards another degree elsewhere, up to 50% of the MCs required in the coursework component of the NUS graduate research programme into which the candidate seeks admission may be exempted.

For relevant NUS modules that have been credited towards another degree at NUS, on a case-by-case basis and subject to approval, more than 50% of the MCs required in the coursework component of the NUS graduate research programme may be allowed credit and grade transfer.

Students seeking credit transfer and exemption should apply to the Department within the first semester of study.

Period of Candidature

Research Degree Minimum Period Maximum Period
Master of Science (Building) 1 year 3 years
Doctor of Philosophy 2 years 5 years


There are two intakes per academic year - one in Semester 1 (August) and the other one in Semester 2 (January).

Intake Closing Date
Semester 1 (August) 15 November of the previous year
Semester 2 (January) 15 May of the previous year

Applications are open all year round. Applications received after the closing date will be considered for the next relevant intake.

Application Procedures

Apply Online

Please note that even though an application is submitted online, relevant supporting documents must be sent via post. In order for applications to be considered for a specific intake, the online application, payment of application fees and available supporting documents must reach us by the relevant deadlines

Applicants are advised to read the general instructions and FAQ first before proceeding to apply online.

Application Fees

The non-refundable application fee for online application is S$20 per application (inclusive of prevailing GST).

Supporting Documents

Refer here for a checklist of the necessary application documents.

Please print the summary of your online application and submit together with your supporting documents to:

Vice-Dean (Research)
Dean’s Office
School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117 566

For enquiries, please email

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.