Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems

Deadline: 15 January 2013
Open to: Applicants coming from EU/EEA-EFTA member states and non-EU countries
Scholarship: fully covered expenses for non-EU and living expenses and monthly allowance for EU/EFTA applicants


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

The DESEM will be achieved over two years through the allocation of 120 ECTS. Each student on the integrated programme will study in two of the three partner universities and countries, achieving a diploma supplement from each university in which they accomplish 60 ECTS.

Course Outcomes

The overall aim of the programme 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. Graduates will be equipped with the skills needed to understand, develop and apply current and emerging technologies in the world of reliable software development. Through this Masters programme, students will experience both research and industrial practice in software development. Specific learning outcomes for each integrated programme specialisation are listed in Tables 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 available at this website.

Student Admission Criteria

  • 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.

  • 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 IELTScertificate or equivalent.  An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is required with a minimum of 5.0 in each indvidual component of the test.

Tuition Fees

  •    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.

Scholarship Information

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 (€8000)
  • Monthly allowance: € 1 000 / month

Category B scholarships

  • Maximum contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage): € 2 000 / semester (€4000)
  • Monthly allowance: € 500 / month

Basic criteria for selection of scholarship recipients:

  • In order to make the programme more attractive for third-country nationals, the amount of the full-study scholarship will be higher for third-country masters students (Category A scholarships) than for European masters students (Category B scholarships). More specifically:
    •  Category A scholarships can be awarded to third-country masters students selected by EMMC consortia who come from a country other than a European country and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries (The five-year reference period for this 12-month rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline for Category A applications by the EM consortia to the Agency).
    • Category B scholarships can be awarded to European masters students selected by EMMC consortia as well as to any masters students selected by EMMC consortia who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.



Starting at the end of September 2012, students should apply online HERE before June 30, 2013. For scholarships the deadline is JANUARY 15, 2013.

  • Candidates apply online 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.
  • During the application process you will be asked for a Personal Statement, this must detail your motivation for applying for this course, and may be used in the scholarship selection process.  If you do not complete the Personal Statement your application will be considered incomplete.
  • You must have completed your application in full by the application deadline (January 15, 2013 for scholarship consideration – June 30, 2013 for fee-paying students).
  • 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 to arrive before the deadline. Required documentation can be scanned in and submitted to the PAC system (using “BROWSE” and “UPLOAD FILE”).

Supporting documents that must be uploaded by the application deadline:

  • 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 (we recommend that you use the European Format: see HERE for details)
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport
  • A copy of your English Language Competency Certificate i.e. IELTS, TOEFL PBT, TOEFL IBT, or PTE (you must have one of these certificates if English is not your native language)
  • Signed copy of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Criteria. Download the document by clicking HERE.

More information about this course can be found HERE.

2 thoughts on “Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems

  1. I'm currently master student and by Jan '13 I will have earned 40 – 60 ECTS credits. Can I apply for scholarship with my master's grades? I can also graduate and get my master's degree by Jan '13. Will this increase my chances for getting a scholarship?

    1. Dear Ilija,

      If there is no specification about the information you are looking for in the post, please see the official website or use the contacts provided either in the post or at the official website, and direct your concerns there.

      Best regards,
      Mladiinfo team

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