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The Diploma in Built Environment Studies (DBES) is a 12 month part-time programme specifically designed to provide quality foundational learning experiences and knowledge pursuant to continue in professional fields related to the built environment. Such professional fields include, but are not limited to, areas such as architecture, interior architecture, quantity surveying, construction project management, facilities management and real estate management.

This programme is highly intensive with 7 modules.


3 Intakes Annually – February, June, October


12-month study (Currently Offering Part-Time Only)

  • 2-hour lecture; 1.5-hour Classroom Sessions – 2 to 3 times per week
  • Weekday lessons are between: 7.00pm to 10.00pm
  • Saturday lessons are between: 2.30pm to 5.30pm (or) 6.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Sunday lessons (if necessary)


English for CommunicationConstruction Communication and DraftingBuilding Construction & ScienceBuilding Construction & MaterialMathematics and StatisticsBuilt Environment EconomicsAcademic Writing for Built Environment

This module introduces basic oral communication techniques for various purposes including presentations and interviews. Study skills through effective listening, speaking, and reading will also be introduced. At the end of the semester, students will not only gain an understanding of some theoretical explanations of the communication process, but also gain practical skills that should help students become more effective communicators.

This subject introduces basic drafting techniques, lettering, use of scales and sketching used to produce drawings as applied to, construction, architecture and interior. Topics includes orthographic and presentation techniques. A basic drawing course for beginning students where students will learn the basic technical drawing processes and development of graphic skills used to produce drawings as applied to construction drawings.

This subject introduces building primary elements and building science basic which include building orientation, ventilation and insulation principles. Students will learn the concept behind the building primary components that include foundation, floor, and rood systems. An Introduction to Building Ventilation, Orientation and Lighting principles.

This subject introduces construction materials and their terminologies. The topic includes the different use of material in various parts of building, wall, floor, roof, openings, staircases etc. Alternative materials are also explored. Students are expected to be familiar with the building component of building especially the primary and secondary members’ material properties, installation methods and terminology.

The subject introduces the concept of mathematics and its application in relation to built environment. The topics include measurement, area, volume, trigonometry, proportion, estimation and basic statistics. It is envisage that the students obtained possible alternative and creative solution on the application of mathematical and statistical concept in their studies.

This module introduces the key concepts in micro and macroeconomics. Students will be trained to use graphical analysis and basic statistical methods to explain economic relationship. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to apply economic analysis to built environment examples ranging across civil engineering and construction projects to issues in residential and commercial property markets.

This course guides student in the techniques of how to write an academic paper with focus on:- how to define the purpose of writing and the interests of the reader; how to focus on and organise ideas, how to present, connect and justify these ideas at sentence, paragraph and full text level. Work also will be done on how to handle research material, note taking, summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, using examples, writing bibliographies and the process of self-monitoring and correcting. Elements of style such as correct use of impersonal forms, pronouns and connectives will also be practiced.

Assessments/Written Examination

Assessment for all 7 modules consists of 40% Examination and 60% Continuous Assessment.

Progression Requirements

  • A minimum of 75% attendance is required
  • Minimum mark of 50% is required to pass each module


Graduates of this Diploma in Built Environment Studies will be equipped with foundational knowledge of the Built Environment Industry which will enable them able to pursue careers within the Built Environment Industry.

Admission Criteria

  • 3 ‘O’ passes including English, or equivalent, Nitec or Higher Nitec
  • For mature students of at least 30 years who do not meet the above minimum academic entry requirements but with at least 8 years of working experience in the relevant fields will be considered on a case by case basis

English Proficiency: Those who do not meet the English proficiency requirement must pass the English proficiency test.

Programme Fees (Part-Time)

S$6,000 (Exclusive GST)*

Registration Fee: S$250 (Non-refundable)

Payment Mode: 3 installments (Every 4 months)

Administrative Fee: S$150 

*Programme Fees includes textbooks and course notes; excludes drawing and drafting materials

** Fees are subjected to change without notice

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