Re-designing the Post-Industrial City


Re-designing the Post-Industrial City (Re-PIC) is a European Master in Science developed within the scope of UNIC. A comprehensive 2-year study programme with 120 ECTS, RePIC focuses on responding to the challenges of post-industrial cities and their residents. Developed within the frame of UNIC, this MA programme is a joint-8 program delivered predominantly in English by UNIC’s 8 partners.

Leading scholars from across UNIC institutions contribute to the delivery and quality assurance of RePIC.

RePIC includes mandatory mobility between Universities. As a policy, the RePIC Master strives for diversity in the recruitment of students and staff and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression of any other characteristic protected by European law.

Aims and Objectives

RePIC is a predominantly English-language interdisciplinary Master degree program for students from various disciplines including but not limited to engineering, architecture, geography, cultural studies and the social sciences. It is a unique study program aimed at the urban designers, managers and curators of the future. The program is designed to deliver high quality international training in scientific knowledge and challenge-based design thinking skills for urban contexts.

Built around four tracks, the Master degree provides students with the opportunity to acquire in-depth theoretical knowledge on topics of high social relevance for post-industrial cities, including political economy, urban development, diversity and inclusion and governance. Short and semester long mobilities are embedded into the program to ensure students experience the diversity of urban challenges across UNIC cities. UNIC Citylabs will be integrated into the program to provide a space for students to hone their design thinking skills while engaging with real urban challenges and key actors and stakeholders from among our city partners.

The 2-year program is divided across four semesters with the main course work to be carried out in the first year at different partner universities. The third semester includes a flexible component with students either undertaking an internship at an organization or company organized in association with the partner university, undertaking additional course work, or undertaking a research project depending on the university selected. In the final semester, students are expected to complete and defend a written thesis as well as participate in a project exhibition including all RePIC universities.

Program Objectives

With the continued growth and change of cities across the world, it is estimated that over half the world’s population will live in cites by 2050. Post-industrial cities in particular face additional challenges to cope with these changes, often under difficult social and economic circumstances that represent a legacy of prior development However, in times characterized by economic crisis, climate change, mass migration and the danger of recurring pandemics, the need for transformative change is pressing.

This Master was developed with an eye towards the current and anticipated needs of cities to undergo transformation to cope with future changes and challenges. With commitments to the UN New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular their urban dimensions, and in line with different EU policies and strategies on this issue, the RePIC program is designed with the aim of providing a modest contribution to achieving these goals.

Students will undergo a rigours training in design thinking as well as acquiring the necessary theoretical knowledge and communication and visualization competencies to succeed in the current knowledge economy and diverse work environments. Students in RePIC will be trained to not only better understand but also develop innovative responses to the complex challenges faced in post-industrial cities. By including Citylabs and practical components into the Master program, students will have the space to test their acquired skills outside traditional learning spaces.

The MSc will begin accepting applications in 2023.