Erasmus Mundus Master in Dependable Software Systems (DESEM), Europe

Deadline: 31 January 2012
Open to: Applicants with bachelor degree in Computer science; proficiency in English and French
Scholarship: Category A Erasmus Mundus Scholarship – 48,000€ for the two-year course, Category B Erasmus Mundus Scholarship – 20,000€ for the two-year course


The National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) in Ireland; the University of St. Andrews (UStA) in Scotland; and Université Henri Poincaré Nancy (UHP) in France are offering a two-year double Master Programme, named Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems (DESEM).

The objective is to provide students with the knowledge, skill and in-depth technical understanding of the key concepts required to design and build dependable software systems. This will be achieved by bringing together the theory and practice of software development and, in particular, through the transfer of knowledge from the classroom via research driven and commercially relevant projects.

The double-degree will be achieved over two years, through the allocation of 120ECTS. Students will study in two of the three partner universities, achieving a degree from each university in which they accomplish 60ECTS.

The degree awards are:

  • Erasmus Mundus MSc in Rigorous Software Development (NUIM)
  • Erasmus Mundus MSc in Software Engineering (UStA)
  • Diplôme de Master (Mention Informatique) (UHP).

A student will achieve the double Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems, through the award of two of the above degrees.

Fees and Scholarships

  •    Non-EU student (Category A) : 8000 € per year
  •    EU student (Category B) : 4000 € per year

Scholarship recipients will have their tuition fees paid in full with contributions to living costs and travel via their scholarship.

Application Fee:
There is an application processing fee of €45 euro payable to PAC on application. This fee can be paid by credit or debit card. If you are unable to pay by credit or debit card, you may pay by direct payment or by bank draft within 14 days. These methods of payment will incur an extra administrative fee of €5 (Total fee: €50). Note that if a student is eventually selected for an EM scholarship, this fee cannot be reimbursed.

Category A scholarships

  • Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs: € 4 000 for a one-year EMMCs; € 8 000 for courses longer than one year
  • Maximum contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage): € 4 000 / semester
  • Monthly allowance: € 1 000 / month

Category B scholarships

  • Maximum contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage): € 2 000 / semester
  • Monthly allowance: € 500 / month
  • The number of monthly allowances is calculated from the start to the end of the course and includes, if applicable, the summer break between two academic years. The monthly allowance amounts may be increased in order to help cover the additional costs of students with special needs; EMMCs concerned will have to inform the Agency accordingly in the context of their annual student scholarship applications.


The following criteria must be fulfilled by students applying for the Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems:

  1. An honours degree in Computer Science or a related discipline with an average grade of 60% (equivalent to a B, II.1, or assez bien) or above. Extensive industrial experience may be considered as equivalent to academic qualification although such applicants will normally be subject to interview by the consortium.
  2. English-Language certificate (for non-native speakers of English only). Since the language of instruction is primarily English, students whose first language is not English must provide proof of a minimum knowledge of English such as an IELTS (>= 6.5) certificate or equivalent.
  3. French-Language certificate (for non-native speakers of French only, who are intending to study in France). Since the language of instruction in L’Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy is a mixture of French and English, students whose first language is not French must provide proof of a minimum knowledge of French such as Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (D.A.L.F.) certificate or equivalent. Students who opt to study in France in their second year will have the option of meeting this requirement through courses offered by the consortium during the first year of the course.

All students shall be admitted to the Programme through the co-ordinating institution; the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The Institution at which the students are resident at any one time shall be referred to as the ‘host’ institution. At any point in time, each student shall be associated with one host institution, which may or may not be the co-ordinating institution. Over the duration of the Programme, each student shall be associated with any two of the three Institutions.

How to apply?

  • Candidates apply online using the DESEM online application form (found here) using the course code MHG60
  • There is an application fee of €45 which is paid directly to PAC. Page 3 of the application form provides more details.
  • Note that the application may be done in stages – the system will recall your previous data entry, and allow you to modify it
  • All supporting documents MUST be either uploaded via the ‘Application Status’ from the online applications system (PAC) or posted to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland. Required documentation can be scanned in and submitted to the PAC system (using “BROWSE” and “UPLOAD FILE”).

Documents that need to be uploaded are:

  • Copies of official transcripts of results for all qualifications listed in your application.
  • Transcripts of results in languages other than English should be accompanied by a translation into English PLUS a copy of the original certificate indicating the award.
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from the institution your have graduated/will graduate from)
  • Your CV (it is recommended that you use the European Format: see for details)
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport
  • Written evidence of competency in the English Language (for non-native speakers of the English language)
  • Written evidence of competency in the French Language (for non-native speakers of the French language who intend to study in France as part of this programme)
The application deadline is 31 January 2012.


If you have enquiries on the application procedure, or on filling in the form, please email  or phone +353-1-7083847.

The Official Website

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