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

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Calling future urban thinkers who are curious and interested in how we can revitalise post-industrial cities! Join our European Master in Science developed by 8 world-class universities within the scope of UNIC.

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

This is a comprehensive 2-year study programme with 120 ECTS, fully delivered in English and with tailored mandatory mobility between the participating university campuses.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (full tuition fees, stipend, airfare) available for admitted candidates who apply before 01 March 2024.

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

  • Ruhr- Universität Bochum (Germany) - First semester starts here  
  • University College Cork (Ireland)
  • Universidad de Deusto (Spain)
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
  • Koç University (Turkey)
  • Université de Liège (Belgium)
  • University of Oulu (Finland)
  • University of Zagreb (Croatia)

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. 

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.

The program is offered annually and starts in the Fall semester (mid-September), and the language of instruction is English. 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. During these two years, you will encounter different cultures, languages, and distinct learning environments, and profit from cutting-edge expertise.  

The entry requirements for the program are aimed at candidates with diverse backgrounds.

To be eligible, applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant to RePIC. A key requirement is demonstrable experience in themes related to redesigning post-industrial cities and design-related backgrounds, including but not limited to the following fields:

  • Architecture
  • Urban Design, Urban Planning, Urban Development
  • Geography
  • Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geoinformatics
  • Sociology
  • Public Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Culture, Media and Visual Arts Studies
  • Other related fields of study


The RePIC program consortium secured funding from the European Commission for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM) scholarships. These scholarships will be granted to outstanding RePIC students globally through a rigorous evaluation process.

To be eligible, applicants must apply for the RePIC program by March 01, 2024; there's no separate application portal for scholarships. 

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

•    A monthly allowance of EUR 1400 to cover travel, visa, installation and subsistence costs (for a maximum of 48 months) 

•    A full tuition fee waiver (2,250€ for EU-EFTA citizens or 4,500€ for non-EU/EFTA citizens per semester for a maximum of 4 semesters) 

•    Health insurance in line with EACEA requirements 


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:

  • urban transformations and urban design in a global perspective; and are able to apply this knowledge in practice, and across different jurisdictions,
  • the interdependent human and environmental urban systems,
  • sociological and cultural approaches towards urban dynamics and actors, understanding major local and global historical developments influencing urban settings,
  • dynamics and processes involved in the revitalisation of post industrial cities from the social science, sustainability, and circular economy perspectives.

City governments and private employers need to respond to 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. Creating opportunities to meet with potential employers starts long before graduation and is strongly supported.