The USPP programme integrates three core focus areas to provide a comprehensive educational experience:
• Urban Theory Core Courses provide students with a foundation that incorporates centuries of critical thinking about cities, and reviews historical and emerging urban planning paradigms.
• Urban Data and Methods Core Courses teach social science research methodologies, Geographic Information Science (GIS) and relevant data science techniques such as machine learning, network analysis and interactive data visualization. These courses train USPP students to effectively collect, analyse and present data in the context of urban planning and policy.
• Urban Practice and Policy Core Courses prepare students to critically assess, understand and craft evidence-based policies and programmes, while being attuned to the institutional context of urban economics, politics and governance.
The USPP programme is structured into three terms. In the first term, students complete three integrated courses across the core areas, and a course on leadership and planning in Singapore. In addition, an Urban Symposium brings students outside of the classroom to learn from policy makers and practitioners at key development projects in and around Singapore.
During the second term, students participate in an advanced course on Urban Data and Methods, two elective modules and a research studio, where students execute a research project that utilizes their skills in data science and urban analysis.
Finally, in the third term, students conduct an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty mentor.