As software systems become an ever more important part of everyday life, the dependability of these systems is becoming ever more critical.
The unique, two-year Joint Master programme, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Msc in Advanced Systems Dependability (DEPEND) is offered by Maynooth University in Ireland, theUniversity of St. Andrews in Scotland (UK), and the Université de Lorraine in Nancy (France). Up to 20 full, 2-year grants worth up to EUR 49000 each (fees, travel, & subsistence) are available per year, funded by the European Erasmus+ EMJMD Programme: full details will be published soon on this website.
The course provides students with the knowledge, skill, and in-depth technical understanding of the key topics of safety, reliability, availability, and security of software-based systems. This is achieved by bringing together the theory and practice of software development through research projects and work experience in both industrial and research settings.
Students attend two of the three universities during the course, spending one year at each. Annual summer schools are an important element of the course, and these take place at a different university each year. The 120 ECTS course consists of taught modules, projects & dissertations, experiential learning activities (work placements), and opportunities to explore the culture of each country.
On successful completion of the course, students are awarded a Joint M.Sc. degree by a consortium of the three universities; the course is accredited in all three countries.
The DEPEND programme is intended for a small number of highly-qualified, highly-motivated international students. Entry is competitive, and in order to maintain a good professor/student ratio, up to 25 students will be selected for entry to the course each year. Courses are taught through English only. The admission criteria are:
First entry is September 2018, with an application deadline (for scholarships) in March 2018, and for non-scholarship applications in June 2018.
This is a 2-year course. Students attend two of the three universities, for one year at each. The 1-week DEPEND summer school is held at a different university every year, so students may also get a chance to visit the third university during the course.
The programme consists of 6 themes, delivered across the three universities:
Graduates will be qualified to work in a wide range of jobs in the software industry, especially where dependability is important. They will be trained to apply logical reasoning and rigor in their software development activities, and on how to transfer knowledge between industry and academia. Graduates are ideally placed for development of safety critical software using software engineering practices which guarantee the dependability of industrial strength software.
Recent graduates on other MSc courses at Maynooth have secured both industrial positions (in companies such as Google, SAP, Accenture, J.P. Morgan, Cigna and Active Mind Technology) and positions on funded PhD programmes (in universities such as the University of St Andrews, TU Delft, Technical University of Munich and Bournemouth University).
Application is made through the Postgraduate Application Centre (at https://pac.ie) using the Course Code [MHG72] for Maynooth University. After the deadline of March 9th 2018, applications will be reviewed for eligibility, and then ranked by the quality of each application. Places and grants will be offered to up to 20 of the top eligible students; places without grants may be offered to up to 5 additional students. If grant offers are not accepted, subsequent offers may be made at a later stage to further eligible students. Ineligible students will hear back before the end of March. There is an appeals process for unsuccessful applicants. Grants offers will be made in early April. Second round grant offers will be made in late April/early May. The course begins nominally on the 1st September: successful applicants will receive details from the first university they attend.
The following details are required to make an application:
You will also be required to submit an application fee (paid directly to PAC) of EUR 50.
For more information and full details please visit: http://www.mscdepend.ie/