MSc (Building Performance and Sustainability)

Aims And Objectives

The Master of Science (Building Performance and Sustainability) programme 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 knowledge is vital for those engaged in such activities in the 21st century that confronts mankind with irreversible effects of climate change and potentially adverse consequences now and in the future. This global phenomenon necessitates a paradigm shift towards creating buildings that are not only comfortable and healthy for the occupants but are also sustainable. Whilst the Master of Science (Building Performance and Sustainability) programme is firmly embedded with the challenges and issues in the building sector faced in the rapidly developing urbanization of cities in the tropical belt of the world that has the potential to impact in excess of 2 billion people, it also addresses similar fundamental issues related to other climates and cultures elsewhere in The world.

Admission Requirements

  • At least a bachelor's degree with honours in a relevant discipline.
  • Candidates should have at least two years of relevant practical experience after their first degrees.
  • A good TOEFL score (580) or equivalent is required of applicants whose medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English.

Programme Structure (With Effect From AY2019/2020)

The Master of Science (Building Performance and Sustainability) is a multi-disciplinary educational programme that can be completed in 1 year on a full-time basis, or in 2 years on a part-time basis.

Structure AY2019

Syllabus (Implemented In August 2019)

Description of Modules

Graduate Requirements

Successful completion of the programme requires a candidate to pass 40 Modular Credits comprising 9 graduate level modules; or 7 graduate level modules and complete a dissertation. This includes an 8 MC studio module. The requirements for Prescribed Elective (PE) modules can be fulfilled by choosing any module(s) from the list of PE modules in the Master of Science (Building Performance and Sustainability) program. There is also a provision to read up to a maximum of two Unrestricted Elective (UE) modules. 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.


Full-time applicants from ASEAN (excluding Singapore citizens and SPR) with very good academic results may apply for the Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN Nationals (GSA).

Key Information

Number of Intakes: One per academic year, in August
Application deadlines: January
Online Application:
Frequently asked Questions:
Classes: Evening classes only (7-10pm).Part-time students attend 2 or 3 classes per week, and full-time students attend 4 or 5 classes per week.
SDE Intranet for Graduate students:
Graduate Students Intranet:

For enquiries, please contact:

Ms Tamilchelvi
Program Administrator
Prof Chandra Sekhar
Program Director

Every effort is made to ensure that the information is accurate and current. However, the University and the School reserve the right to make alterations without notice.

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.