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Double Master Programme in Dependable Software Systems (DESEM)


Application deadlines:
Non-Scholarship Applications: June 30th / 30th June each year.
Student Scholarships: 31st January / 30th June each year.
Programme start - October 1.


24 months


Fife, Scotland, UK.
Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Nancy, France


EUR 9.000/ 4.500


Non-EU student (Partner Country) : EUR 9.000 per year/EU student (Programme Country) : EUR 4.500 per year.


European Master Programme, Erasmus Mundus Course



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Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems (DESEM) is developed by three European Universities: National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) in Ireland; University of St. Andrews (UStA) in Scotland; and Université de Lorraine (UL) in France. Students may achieve a two-year double Master Programme, through achieving the appropriate ECTS in two of the above universities.

Dependable Software Systems programme 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.

Its key features are:

  • It is a two year theory and practice-oriented master’s program leading to a joint Master of Science (MSc) degree with English as language of instruction;
  • Tuition Fees: Scholarships are available. Non-EU student (Partner Country) : EUR 9.000 per year/EU student (Programme Country) : EUR 4.500 per year.
  • Admission Requirements:
    • 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.
    • English-Language certificate of a minimum knowledge (for non-native speakers of English only).
    • It is recommended that students who intend to study in France have a minimum knowledge of French.
    • Letters of motivation which form part of the application requirements should include information about the students willingness to learn the French Language.
  • Candidates apply online via the website
  • Application deadlines:
    • Non-Scholarship Applications: June 30th 2015
    • Student Scholarships: 31st January 2015

Each University has it’s own role in this programme. National University of Ireland, Maynooth primary emphasis in the rigorous software development stream is on the techniques for rigorous scientific software development, grounded in a hands-on understanding of the applicability of these techniques. University of St Andrews is to present expertise in the practical aspects of dependable and critical software systems. Université de Lorrainé focus on the theoretical foundations that are required for the construction or reliable software systems.

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