Minor in Urban Studies

Jointly Offered By Department of Geography (FASS) and Department of Real Estate (SDE)

It is estimated that the world’s urban population recently surpassed 50% of the total population. Asia remains less than 50% urbanised but is one of the most rapidly urbanising regions on Earth. International linkages between urban management professionals of various kinds are also increasing and Singapore is seen as a leader in many aspects of urban management, policy and planning. For these and other reasons, opportunities for urban professionals are likely to continue to increase.

Students will be offered the chance to develop expertise and skills in urban studies that would be an asset not only for those already majoring in an urban-related area, but also for the many others from various faculties who have an interest in urban-related careers. Students will get the opportunity to make explicit to employers their special strengths in this area.

Students will be provided with a good balance of breadth of knowledge, practical skills, and theoretical depth in a range of urban-related fields. The minor is not conceived as an introduction to any major in urban studies or such like. Instead, it is to be seen purely as a minor which can enhance the degrees and employability of students taking a wide variety of existing majors.

The Minor in Urban Studies is open to all students in NUS.

Important: Please read here for the University's requirement on Minor Programmes.

To qualify for the Minor in Urban Studies, students will need a minimum of 6 modules (3 or 4 Core Modules, and 3 or 2 Elective Modules respectively) from the lists below. At least 4 modules to be considered towards the Urban Studies Minor must be read outside a student’s own major department and at least two modules must be from level 3000 or 4000. All modules are equal to 4 MCs.

Where overlapping modules exist, the Minor Program will consider double counting of MCs up to a maximum of 8 MCs towards the MC-requirement in the Minor in Urban Studies.

Requirements for Cohort 2016/2017 and before


At least three core modules from the list below. These can be either two RE + one GE modules OR two GE + one RE modules, which include the following:

  1. RE1101 Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance OR RE1705 Real Estate Finance and Accounting
  2. RE1102 Urban Land Use and Development OR RE1701 Urban Land Use and Development
  3. RE1103 Property and Facilities Management OR RE1706 Design and Construction
  4. GE2204 Cities in Transition
  5. GE3204 Cities and Regions: Planning for Change

Students have to choose two or more elective modules from the lists below to obtain a total of six or more modules inclusive of the core modules.

  1. RE2104 Real Estate Finance OR RE2706 Real Estate Finance
  2. RE3103 Real Estate Development OR RE2701 Urban Planning
  3. RE4211 REIT Management OR RE3701 Real Estate Investment Analysis
  4. RE4301 Housing Markets and Housing Policies OR RE3902 Housing Markets and Policies
  5. AR2223 Theory of Urban Design and Planning
  6. GE2202 Economy and Space
  7. GE3241 Geographies of Social Life
  8. EC3381 Urban Economics
  9. EC3382 Transport Economics I
  10. GE3219 Globalisation and the Asian Cities
  11. GE3236 Transport and Communications
  12. SC3206 Urban Sociology

Note:

  • At least four modules required for the Urban Studies Minor must be taken outside the student’s own department
  • At least two modules must be from Level 3000

Requirements for Cohort 2017/2018 onwards


At least three core modules from the list below. These can be either two RE + one GE modules OR two GE + one RE modules, which include the following:

  1. RE1705 Real Estate Finance and Accounting
  2. RE1701 Urban Land Use and Development
  3. RE1706 Design and Construction
  4. GE2204 Cities in Transition
  5. GE3204 Cities and Regions: Planning for Change

Students have to choose two or more elective modules from the lists below to obtain a total of six or more modules inclusive of the core modules.

  1. RE2706 Real Estate Finance
  2. RE2701 Urban Planning
  3. RE3701 Real Estate Investment Analysis
  4. RE3902 Housing Markets and Policies
  5. AR2223 Theory of Urban Design and Planning
  6. GE2202 Economy and Space
  7. GE3241 Geographies of Social Life
  8. EC3381 Urban Economics
  9. EC3382 Transport Economics I
  10. GE3219 Globalisation and the Asian Cities
  11. GE3236 Transport and Communications
  12. SC3206 Urban Sociology

Note:

  • At least four modules required for the Urban Studies Minor must be taken outside the student’s own department
  • At least two modules must be from Level 3000

 

For more information on the minor programmes, please click here.