The ESD undergraduate degree delivers a programme that is broad, with opportunities for acquiring in-depth knowledge in specific application areas. The ESD core consists of rigorous methodology courses, which provide the technical foundation necessary to model, analyse, and manage large-scale complex systems. Students supplement this core by choosing from a variety of elective courses depending on their interests. Students may also specialise in a specific specialisation track by choosing elective courses related to the track.

By the Numbers

The ESD core is composed of courses focused on various methods for analysis and modelling of engineering systems. These courses, shown in red, are offered every year in terms 4, 5, and 6. Full term courses are 12 credits and half term courses are 6 credits, corresponding to the number of weeks of instruction. Click on the courses in the diagram below for more information about each course.

The capstone is a culminating project that allows students to use the skills they have learned in ESD in a real world industry or research project. The capstone projects often focus on interdisciplinary applications, solved by a team of students chosen appropriately from different pillars.

Electives, shown in pink in the diagram below, provide the opportunity for students to customise the ESD degree according to their interests and future careers. Electives compose 72 credits of the ESD undergraduate programme, from which at least 24 credits must come from ESD courses (with course code 40.2xx, 40.3xx, 01.02, 01.104 and 01.107). ESD offers a diverse set of electives, some are full term (12 credits) and some are half term (6 credits) courses. Pursuing one of ESD’s focus tracks can optionally help guide the selection of these electives. Technical Application Electives (TAEs) are a select list of university courses that provide breadth in a topic that typically spans across pillars. Currently TAEs are only offered in terms 7 and 8.

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) are an essential component of an SUTD degree. HASS courses, shown in purple, are required in all but one term of study. There are a variety of HASS courses that are a particular relevance to ESD. It is strongly recommended that ESD students supplement their technical engineering programme with HASS electives that build competence in economic reasoning. One recommended course is Microeconomics, the study of resource allocation under distributed economic decision making.

From AY2017 onwards, students who have, and maintain, a GPA of 3.5 or above (and have passed all Freshmore subjects) are eligible to enroll for an additional course in terms 5, 6 and/or 7. Subject to the prerequisites and timing of the course, students may use this flexibility to take an additional HASS or elective course.

Curriculum Sequence

The following interactive diagram depicts the typical sequence of courses in the ESD curriculum. Each major row indicates a calendar year with columns representing the Jan-Apr, May-Aug, and Sep-Dec terms ordered from left to right. The Freshmore terms (1, 2, 3) are shown in grey. SUTD students choose their pillar at the end of Term 3, and begin their pillar studies in Term 4. ESD core courses are indicated in red, electives in pink, and HASS electives in purple. Click on the courses in the figure to read a course description or to find a list of potential elective courses.

ESD curriculum (from AY2020 to AY2023)

* Choose 2 out of 4 Electives

ESD curriculum (from AY2024 onwards)

* Choose 2 out of 4 Electives

ESD curriculum (until AY2019)

More information about the ESD curriculum for students enrolled in year 2019 and earlier can be found on this page: