Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters – Redesigning the Post-Industrial City (MSc RePIC)

Calling future urban thinkers who are curious and interested in how we can revitalise post-industrial cities to join a European Master in Science developed by 8 world-class universities within the scope of UNIC. A comprehensive 2-year study programme with 120 ECTS, fully delivered in English and with tailored mandatory mobility between the participating university campuses.

About the RePIC Master’s

This exciting and unique new Erasmus Mundus funded Master’s programme (part of the UNIC alliance), wants to create an educational experience which recognizes and responds critically to issues of cities in different forms and stages of post-industrial transition and educate the next generation of specialists with the 21st century skills and knowledge needed to address the challenges and opportunities of cities in transition and superdiverse societies. 

This is an inter-university, multidisciplinary joint postgraduate programme, that uses the ECTS credit system to facilitate the recognition of qualifications and actively defines mobility periods for students between each of the University partners:

8 world-class universities that offer complementary teaching and research expertise in urban planning.

It is the ideal programme for professionals involved in the design, planning, management or evaluation of the city who want to join a vibrant knowledge and innovation community committed to the rethinking of more sustainable urban futures.

RePIC’s vision is to develop a new network of urban thinkers with the capacity to contribute to future-oriented, avant-garde thinking on the revitalisation of the post-industrial city.

RePIC graduates possess advanced research, professional, digital design, and spatial analysis skills, can mediate between the spheres of experts and laypersons, academia, and citizens, equipped with broad knowledge in the various sub-disciplines of the field.

Programme Objectives

The RePIC programme provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for excellent students, who are eager to specialise in subdisciplines of Urban Studies in a wider sense and who intend to build bridges into neighbouring disciplines, e.g., Law, Civil Engineering, Business, Sociology, Data Science, or Psychology.

After graduation you will have broad knowledge of:

Importantly, through the programme courses and hands-on learning activities, you will be able to:

Programme Structure

The RePIC Joint Master Programme comprises four (4) semesters and is delivered over a period of 2 years (24 months). During these two years, you will encounter different cultures, languages, and distinct learning environments, and profit from cutting-edge expertise from each of the eight universities.  

The program is offered annually and starts in the Fall semester (mid-September) and the language of instruction is English.

The focus of the research-led curriculum is the contemporary challenges posed in industrial heritage settings. Viewing the city as an experimental living laboratory, RePIC understands the post-industrial city as a complex system that is characterised by physical, political, and historical development paths, limits, and dynamic social, economic, ecological, and cultural vectors. The program is interested in finding new learning and action practices in reconceptualising the civic, cultural, and socio-urban fabric of the post-industrial city.

It adopts participatory approaches and methods - such as CityLabs, Urban Field-Classes and Engaged Research Practices - and fosters public-private-academic-societal partnerships in innovative learning activities that include structured project collaboration, social design studios, digital storytelling, and immersive design fictions.

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Programme Modules

The course is divided into four semesters within which you are offered several mobility options; however, you must complete a full semester in at least two of the eight partner universities. Download our Module Handbook for details.

First semester (30 credits) - October to February

During the first semester, all students complete a core curriculum of courses/modules at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany, in a face-to-face format. These courses will equip you with the basic tools required to understand the study of the post-industrial city. Modules will provide a substantial foundation of content knowledge that is facts and ideas as well as the theories that connect them, in the context of a conceptual framework of the post-industrial city.

The semester kicks off with a welcome week, followed by the RePIC Core Theory and RePIC Research Forum modules that are delivered face-to-face. Another key component of this semester is the Research Methods I module. It will enable you to assess research work and to be able to make decisions about research design. It is designed as an asynchronous online classroom to give you more flexibility in your learning progress. The first semester concludes with a field trip to Cork, Ireland, where UCC conducts a City Lab in mid-January. Here, you will explore the potential for the post-industrial city to act as a milieu for continuous civic immersion asking how it can be cultivated to inform cultural and social dissonance. You will actively assess challenges around the uses of public space such that it informs current understandings of social and public discourse through experimental ethnographic and servicelearning approaches and in collaboration with community groups, specialist researchers and other actors in a team-based approach. Apart from skills and insight, this didactic concept serves to form a joint cohort and to connect RePIC staff and students.

Courses in the first semester include:

• CityLab & Design Research Studio: Urban Analysis, Digital Design Strategies & Design Visualisations

• Research Methods I -Quantitative, Qualitative and Geospatial Methods & Data Literacy

• RePIC Core Theory: The Post-Industrial City - Society, Space and Environment

• RePIC Urban Sustainability Transformations Research Forum

Download the RePIC Semester Structure booklet for full course details.

Second semester (30 credits) - February to July

In the second Semester, you will decide on one of four thematic specialisation tracks - where each track is jointly delivered by two partners. Depending on the track chosen, you may move to another university. The four hosting universities are supported in content delivery by the four other RePIC partners through online lectures or faculty visiting the host university. Access to each track is limited; we will seek to distribute students as equally as possible over the four tracks and you will be asked to state your preferred track in your application. The RePIC Admissions Committee reserves the right to place students in tracks that may differ from those indicated in their application form to ensure a balance between the tracks.

Track options, locations and courses offered:

The specialisation tracks in the second semester are:

• Track 1: Urban Transformations and Resilience

• Track 2: Diversity and Social Justice

• Track 3: Urban Analysis: Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities

• Track 4: Governance of Post-Industrial Cities

More information on each track can be found in the programme Semester Structure booklet

Courses offered in the different specialisation tracks include:

Third semester (30 credits) - September to February

In the third semester you can decide between in-depth studies and practical training in a profession or in research at either University College Cork (Ireland) or at University of Liège (Belgium).
  • • Focus at UCC (50 % of the cohort): structured learning activities and engaged research placements
  • • Focus at ULiège (50% of the cohort): in-depth studies in three domains related to the transformation of the post-industrial city and supervised by Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Halleux, Prof. Dr. Jacques Teller, and Prof. Dr. Martina Barcelloni Corte
  • ○ urban mobility
  • ○ urban ecology
  • ○ urban economics

Third semester modules/courses for the entire cohort:
  • • Urban Field Salon - City Lab II: early October, 10 credits, face-to-face at University Cork College in Ireland
  • • Research Methods III: International Seminar to further develop your understanding of research methods, introducing more complex forms of quantitative, qualitative, geospatial, design and mixed methods approaches, 5 credits, EUR, online.
Download the RePIC Semester Structure booklet for full course details.

Fourth semester (30 credits) - February to June

In the fourth and final semester, and considering the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, you can choose among three forms of master dissertation/thesis:
  • • traditional dissertation (jointly supervised by two of the Partner Universities)
  • • research manuscript aiming at publication
  • • practical project accompanied by documentation

You can choose to conduct your dissertation/thesis work at one of the following seven RePIC universities:
  • • Ruhr- Universität Bochum (Germany)
  • • University College Cork (Ireland)
  • • Universidad de Deusto (Spain)
  • • Koç University (Turkey)
  • • Université de Liège (Belgium)
  • • University of Oulu (Finland)
  • • University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Erasmus University Rotterdam will be able to host students from the 2024 cohort and onwards.

Suggestions for thesis topics will be made available to the RePIC students at an early stage of the programme.

You will spend your time conducting research and writing your thesis under the supervision of one faculty member of your semester host university and one faculty member from a different RePIC university.

Each semester and each mandatory mobility period must result in the completion of 30 ECTS credit points at one of the partner institutions. Virtual teaching activities are part of the learning experience, but physical mobility of students cannot be replaced by virtual mobility unless force majeure (e.g., a pandemic) necessitates different temporary solutions.
Download the RePIC Semester Structure booklet for full course details.

Throughout the programme, there will be several collaborations involving community groups, academia, and specialist researchers. This will involve team-based practices and co-design approaches – and align the curriculum with specific CityLab challenge areas in different European cities.

UNIC runs CityLabs across all its European campuses. UNIC CityLabs facilitate the collaboration of students, researchers, city stakeholders, organisations, and citizens to identify local societal challenges, co-create solutions to these problems, and ultimately implement the created solutions locally to drive societal change in post-industrial cities.

CityLabs address this urban agenda in many forms including workshops, hackathons, sprints, panel discussions, interviews, courses etc. Explore the Open Case Repository to learn more.

Programme Accreditation


The programme is accredited by the AQAS “Agentur für Qualitätssicherung durch Akkreditierung von Studiengängen e.V” of Germany It complies with the requirements defined by the criteria and Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The programme is registered in the European database of accredited programmes DEQAR ( Additional national accreditation is in process at some partner universities and will be listed here in 2023-24.

Career Prospects

After successfully completing the RePIC programme, you will be well-positioned to start or continue attractive careers in various areas of the public and private sector as well as in university and non-university research.

Creating opportunities to meet with potential employers starts long before graduation and is strongly supported by the manifold opportunities for you to interact with possible employers during each semester.

In addition to the curriculum, you will be regularly invited to research and practically oriented lectures organized at the programme universities and their partners. This establishes an early link with potential employers or placement companies. Examples in Germany are lecture series offered by the University Alliance Ruhr in the field of Metropolitan Studies “Ruhr Lecture”, and GIS related lectures organized by the Interdisciplinary Centre of Geo-Information (IZG) at RUB, in cooperation with the German Cartographic Society (DGfK e.V.)

You will also profit from qualified Career Guidance at each location by the RePIC partners’ career services departments. They provide information about the local and regional job market, offer career guidance and assistance in finding appropriate positions after graduation, and organize job fairs.

More detailed information about career support services can be found in the Student Handbook, which will be made available soon.

As a RePIC graduate you can find employment in the public sector in areas such as:

There are also opportunities for you as a RePIC graduate at:

Why do employers need graduates of this Master’s now and in the future?

The urban history of our post-industrial cities emanates largely from the processing and manufacturing and in some cases exploitation and exhaustion of resources (natural resources such as soil, water, fossil fuels and minerals as well as human resources) of the industrial sector. This model is now comparatively less important than more dominant economic sectors (especially the service sector), while the industrial sector still accounts for 10-20% of a city’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Re-designing such cities requires an updated look at declining development paths, the set of social, economic, cultural, environmental, and political challenges post-industrial cities are facing at a turning point of their very existence, and potential escape routes from the path of decline.

Post-industrial cities are undergoing tremendous changes of interdependent human and environmental systems: migration, climate change, economic crises, widening gaps between the rich and the poor, pandemics, but also technical breakthrough developments (like artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, "green" energy supply and digitisation in general all challenge the ways cities are organised and people live and work in them.

City governments and private employers need to respond to these challenges with city managers, urban planners, and community designers that integrate different disciplinary perspectives on all governance levels, physical and human capital, economics, health, traffic, climate, migration, and others.

Graduates of the RePIC program obtain with this unique degree an edge over candidates from traditional or mainstream urban studies or urban planning degree programmes because they have developed a deep and transdisciplinary, thinking outside the box, understanding of topics such as


Applicants from diverse backgrounds who meet the necessary entry requirements and admission criteria listed below may apply for this programme.

Each year, RePIC may accept a study cohort with a total capacity of around 60 students. Admission may be granted to applicants who are not in conflict with national legal requirements for admission and meet the eligibility criteria.

Entry Requirements

Candidates from diverse backgrounds, who have completed a Bachelor’s degree (university first cycle, Bachelor, EQF level 6) preferably with a dissertation, or an equivalent degree, in a discipline of relevance to RePIC, that gives them access to a Master degree programme and demonstrable experience in themes related to redesigning of post-industrial cities and design-related backgrounds, including but not limited to the following fields:

Application documents

Applications must include the following documents:

  • • a copy of passport,
  • • a certified copy of the Diploma (if this document is not in English, an official translation should be attached) and, if available, of the Diploma Supplement. In case that a bachelor’s degree has not yet been handed out to an applicant, a declaration from the relevant authorities that the requirements of a Bachelor degree have been satisfied, must be submitted instead.
  • • certified copies of academic transcripts (if this document is not in English, an official translation should be attached),
  • • a Curriculum Vitae in English,
  • • official proof of language abilities, where applicable.
  • • a structured motivation letter describing their specific interest in the RePIC programme and their envisaged contributions to the programme.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who are either nationals of countries deemed by RePIC Partner Institutions to be English-speaking, or hold a Bachelor degree / equivalent qualification which was taught entirely in English will normally be assumed to have met RePIC language requirements. All other students must provide evidence of sufficient knowledge in the teaching languages at least on level B2 as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Travel Visas and Residency Permits

It is the responsibility of the students to check that authorisations required for visa and residence permits are in order before the Partner Institution permits the student’s activities in the RePIC degree programme to take place for students. The Partner Institutions will make every effort to aid students in obtaining any necessary visa and residence permits before their studies commence.

Motivation Letter Structure

The motivation letter should address the following structure:

• Why do you want to join the RePIC study program and which specialisation track do you prefer (200 words, single spaced)?
• What is your disciplinary background/expertise and how does it match the disciplinary requirements of RePIC (200 words, single spaced)?
• What are the major challenges of post-industrial cities you like to focus on in RePIC (250 words, single spaced)?
• What do you expect from the RePIC study programme (100 words, single spaced)?
• What kind of profession/career path are you aiming for after RePIC (150 words, single spaced)?

Selection Criteria

The selection is based on grades, documented prior knowledge and experience in the field, persuasiveness of the motivation letter and language skills. The RePIC Admission Committee may use additional selection tools such as interviews with shortlisted candidates. RePIC considers itself to be an inclusive programme and recruits students worldwide to increase its accessibility and the diversity of its student population. An Equality and Diversity Awareness Programme will be developed and as part of the application process, nationality, gender and disability data is collected. Due consideration is taken to national requirements for admission of students in the countries where the RePIC Partner Universities are located. No Partner Institution is obliged to admit a student in conflict with national legal requirements for admission. Students who do not fulfill national requirements of a partner cannot be accepted.


Start Winter Semester 2024
October 2024 - June 2026

01 November 2023 for all applicants

01 March 2024 for all applicants

An additional application period may be opened if there are available places in the program. To be informed about updates, email applyrepic[at]



RePIC uses the online application system run by Ruhr Universitat Bochum (RUB) in Germany. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1:
Register in the online application page

Check that you meet the entry requirements (refer to the section above on this webpage).

Start your application – go to The RePIC Online Application Portal where you create an account and complete your application during the application period.

Step 2:
Prepare your documents and submit your application

Read about the required application documents (refer to the section above on this webpage)

Get all your documents ready:

Prepare specific documents:

Step 3:
Wait for your admission decision

Selected applicants will receive an admission notification with the relevant dates for the enrolment in RePIC and the terms of payment and time limits for the payment of the participation fees. We will also have a waiting list, so that students on this list can follow, once eligible students declined their offer.


Citizens from EU, Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Liechtenstein, Serbia, Turkey
Per semester: EUR 2,250
Full programme/course tuition fee: EUR 9,000

Other citizens
Per semester: EUR 4,500
Full programme/course tuition fee: EUR 18,000


Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The RePIC program consortium has successfully applied for funding from the European Commission to provide Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM) scholarships to as many RePIC students as possible. EMJM scholarships will be awarded to the best applicants worldwide, chosen by means of a RePIC evaluation grid and respecting the required maximum numbers per nationality (not more than 10% of EMJM scholarships per country), and in agreement with the eligibility and selection criteria and procedures established by the Consortium, as well as the specific criteria and procedures stipulated by the European Commission.

What Are EMJM Scholarships?

The Redesigning the Post-Industrial City (RePIC) program is now funded by the European Commission to offer Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM) scholarships to outstanding RePIC students worldwide. EMJM scholarships will be awarded to the best-ranked applicants worldwide, chosen by a rigorous evaluation process. We aim to provide as many RePIC students as possible with this incredible opportunity.

How Will Scholarships Be Awarded?

Recipients of EMJM scholarships will be selected based on the RePIC evaluation grid, respecting the required maximum numbers per nationality (with no more than 10% of EMJM scholarships per country).

There will be no other application portal for scholarships, and applicants need to apply for the RePIC program by March 01, 2024, to be considered for the EMJM scholarships.

What Will Scholarships Cover?

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Scholarship for RePIC covers the following:

For more information, click here

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Apart from using your savings or a sponsor’s support (employer, sponsorship organizations, GoFundMe campaigns), there are other ways to finance your studies in the RePIC programme.

Applying for a scholarship, grant or educational loan that you are eligible for in your own country of citizenship or residence are possible ways too. Below is a list of possible scholarship or educational loan information resources:

• Students from Europe can use the European Funding Guide to search for financial support for studies in one of the EU-member states

• Students from outside of Europe can use the International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search online database that lists scholarships, grants, international student loan programmes and other information to promote study abroad

Canadian loan schemes: we may accept students with Canadian loan schemes. For more information please contact

US student finance: we may accept students with US federal loan programmes. For more information please contact

Costs Linked to the Participation in the RePIC Programme

In addition to the annual tuition fees, other administrative and social fees (such as stamp and certification fees, library and laboratory costs, social contribution fees, examination fees) and any other mandatory costs charged by the Partner institutions are to be paid by the students.

Students also must cover sustenance, accommodation, travel to and from partner universities, visa costs, etc. Any costs arising from unjustified prolongation of studies beyond the standard duration of the programme (four semesters) shall be charged at the publicly published standard rates of the partner institution involved.

Below is an estimate of the first semester living expenses students should budget for:

Appeal procedure

Applicants whose application has been rejected for RePIC admission or EMJM-scholarship and who believe that the application procedure has not been correctly followed may appeal within 1 week after the date of notification. The RePIC Admission and Examination Committee will then process this appeal to reach a final decision. Please fill out the following PDF appeal form accordingly and send it to:



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Why This Programme?

1. Studying in Europe

Europe, in which the RePIC partner universities are located, is among the most urbanized regions. Its urban system is characterized by a wide variety of small and medium-sized cities, large cities and metropolitan regions, and these urban areas are complex dynamic systems forming part of networks of cities.

The eight participating universities have well-documented expertise in the fields of urban planning and are a leading institution in their respective countries.

You can explore what is offered by each of the eight partner universities in terms of the campus location, the city, services for students and more in the Student Handbook, which will be made available soon.

2. Becoming a generalist-expert

City development and urban transformation urgently needs skilled graduates who are generalists and specialists in certain domains at the same time, and who can explain modern concepts and complex processes in a comprehensible and convincing way to citizens and interact with other professionals, experts, and researchers they are working with. In addition to the professional knowledge that will be imparted in RePIC, training will therefore focus on communicative skills and on the permanent practice of the acquired professional and methodological skills, starting from day 1 of the study programme.

3. Interacting with future employers

The programme’s multidisciplinary approach is premised on the understanding that real-world problems cross traditional academic boundaries. Professors from other disciplines, related to Urban Studies, offer their expertise to you as a student. Leading scholars and guest lecturers are invited to teach and to deliver talks, lectures, seminars, and organise round table discussions. Representatives from the city administrations, their subsidiaries, companies, NGOs and regional organisations, are also invited to present challenges they are facing and discuss options to solve them, which leads to the emergence of new projects, suggestions for your Master thesis and new topics for City Labs.

4. A joint degree diploma

You will receive a joint degree from eight internationally renowned universities which is highly acknowledged by employers worldwide. You are also a member of a high-performance network: If you decide to pursue a career in academia after graduation, RePIC offers first-rate doctoral programmes, career support and development options for obtaining executive positions in the world of academia and research.

5. Dedicated student support and ease of mobility throughout the programme

During each of the four semesters, the student service units at the partner institutions provide support with respect to all social, cultural and university matters, as well as administrative and legal questions. By offering numerous events and advisory services, you will be assisted not only throughout your social integration in campus life but also when facing academic challenges.

You will be the recipient of a UNIC European student card. UNIC student cards allow for easy access to seamless European mobility, both virtual and physical; you are not limited to one campus or one city – you gain easy access to eight campuses located in Europe’s up-and-coming post-industrial cities.


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