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Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems

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Environmental, urban planning and policy issues figure prominently in the world today. In particular, the growing complexity in city planning and development, as well as the sustainability of natural and urban ecosystems has been put into question by environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, demographic change, consumption patterns, and depletion of – or lack of access to – resources. 

The Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems programme, jointly offered by the College of Engineering and College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, offers students an insightful interdisciplinary study on contemporary urban systems. Students will acquire understanding and develop appreciation for the rationale and processes behind the emergence, growth and evolution of the urban built environment from its natural environment. 

In addition to engineering and technological aspects, students will also engage with the social, political, economic and cultural considerations of urban systems planning and policy-making. Courses covered will include physical and environmental studies, planning and project management, as well as understanding the multifaceted causes, consequences, and costs of complex urban challenges - with a view towards integrating, synthesising and developing perspectives and solutions for a sustainable urban built environment and improved quality of life.

    

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND OPTIONS
 

The structure of the Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems programme integrates the requirements of both majors within the typical candidature of 4 years. Students can choose from 4 programme options below:

 

For their Second Major in Society and Urban Systems, students will take 4 foundation core courses and 8 specialised elective courses which can be selected from 3 areas – Urban Economics and Public Policy, Society and Culture, and Water and Environmental Management. 

 
Foundation Core Courses (4 Courses)
 
1.  Principles of Economics
2.  Urban Planning and Design
3.  Integrated Urban Management
4.  Leaders in Urban Systems and Policy
 
  
Specialised Elective Courses (8 Courses)

(A)     Urban Economics and Public Policy (Choose 3)

 
 
(B)     Society and Culture (Choose 3)

  • City and Culture in Modern China
  • Communication Strategies for Sustainability & Social Change 
 
 
 
(C)     Water and Environmental Management (Choose 2)
 

 

Academic Unit Requirements

Integrating the Academic Unit (AU) requirements for both majors, the total AU requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering with Second Major in Society and Urban Systems is 150 AU, including 36 AU for the second major.

 
Table 1a: Total AU Requirements for Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems (with Professional Internship)
 
Majo​​r        AU       
Engineering ​114/115*
  Core & Major Prescribed Electives 102/103*
  GER-Core 12
Second Major in Society and Urban Systems 36
Total 150/151*
 
 
Table 1b: Total AU Requirements for Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems (with Professional Attachment)
 
Majo​​r        AU      
Engineering ​109/110*
  Core & Major Prescribed Electives 97/98*
  GER-Core 12
​  Unrestricted Electives ​5
Second Major in Society and Urban Systems 36
Total 150/151*
 
 
Table 2b: AU Requirements for Second Major in Society and Urban Systems  
Second Major in Society and Urban Systems AU

Foundation Courses (4 courses)
1.  Principles of Economics
2 . Urban Planning and Design
3.  Leaders in Urban Systems and Policy
4.  Integrated Urban Management

12
Specialised Courses (8 courses)
i.   Urban Economics and Public Policy (3 courses)
ii.  Society and Culture (3 courses)
iii.  Water and Environmental Management (2 courses)
24
Total​​ 36

 

* Students without H2 Level Physics will take PH1012 Physics A (4 AU).


For the detailed curriculum specific to your chosen Engineering major, please follow the hyperlinks from the section on Programme Options above.
      

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must meet the minimum entry requirements of  Engineering and Business programmes, including the following minimum subject requirements:

  • H2 Level pass in Mathematics or equivalent, and
  • H2 Level pass in Biology/Chemistry/Computing/Physics or equivalent, and
  • H1 Level pass in Physics or equivalent, and
  • H1 Level pass in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry or ‘O’ Level pass in English.

Note: H1 Level pass in Physics is only applicable to candidates who have not read Physics at H2 Level.
 
   
   

TUITION FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS

The tuition fees for the Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Business programme will be pegged to the fees for the Bachelor of Engineering programmes. Eligible students may also be considered for scholarships that include fully-paid subsidised tuition fees and living allowances. Scholarship terms and conditions apply. For more information on tuition fees and scholarships, please see http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg.

  

GRADUATION

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Society and Urban Systems programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Engineering in their chosen Engineering major with an additional certificate for the Second Major in Society and Urban Systems.

 

CAREERS

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A Bachelor of Engineering fundamentally lays a firm and strong foundation for lifelong careers, ultimately offering students one degree but many choices. The interdisciplinary Second Major in Society and Urban Systems further adds value and provides students the impetus to broad and diverse career options in the built environment sector: 

•     Sustainable Urban Development and Built Environment
•     Economic Development, Housing and Real Estate
•     Environmental Integration
•     Transportation Management
•     Sustainable Resource Management
•     International Development
•     Consultancy
•     Management
•     Education
•     Research
 

In addition to the private sector, graduates can look forward to a plethora of career opportunities and professional development in the public sector including the following public agencies:

 
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ACCREDITATION
 
All Bachelor of Engineering programmes at NTU College of Engineering are accredited by The Institution of Engineers Singapore, the Singapore signatory of the Washington Accord​, through its Engineering Accreditation Board. The Washington Accord is an international agreement for mutual recognition of the substantial equivalence of engineering academic programmes in satisfying the academic requirements for the practice of engineering at the professional level.

 

INFORMATION AND ENQUIRIES
 
   
     
Information is accurate at the time of publication. The programme options, curricula and courses offered above are for students admitted from Academic Year 2016-2017. Students admitted earlier should check with their respective Schools for the applicable curricula and courses. The University reserves the right to update any of the programme options and curricula without prior notice and obligation.