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Overview. As software systems become an ever more important part of everyday life, the dependability of these systems is becoming ever more critical. Read more


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:

  1. A high honours degree in Computer Science, or a very closely related discipline (with a grade equivalent to at least II.1, B, or assez bien)
  2. Non-native speakers of English must provide proof of an acceptable knowledge of English (for example, IELTS of at least 6.5, or equivalent)

First entry is September 2018, with an application deadline (for scholarships) in March 2018, and for non-scholarship applications in June 2018.

Course Structure


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:

  1. Formal Methods for Dependability (FSD)
  2. Rigorous Software Development (RSD)
  3. Software Engineering (SE)
  4. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  5. Data Science (DS)
  6. Research and Experiential Learning (REL)


Career Options

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).

How To Apply

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.

Application Information

The following details are required to make an application:

  • Name, date-of-birth, address, nationality, etc.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Full academic details (degree awarded, and detailed module results)
  • Your mobility preferences (between the three universities)
  • Personal statement, detailed your motivation for applying to the course
  • List of programming lannguages you are proficient in
  • Your marks for any ALGORITHM and DATA STRUCTURES modules/courses you have studied
  • Your grade, percentage, and GPA for the final year of your degree programme, and your degree ranking (if known) - or for the penultimate year of the programme if you have not yet completed your degree
  • Your university ranking in the current Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Additional information that may further improve your application

Application Fee

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/

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PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION. Awarded the Best Postgraduate Course in Ireland in 2018 (IT), 2017 (IT), 2016 (IT), 2015 (Business), 2014 (IT) & 2013 (IT). Read more


Awarded the Best Postgraduate Course in Ireland in 2018 (IT), 2017 (IT), 2016 (IT), 2015 (Business), 2014 (IT) & 2013 (IT)

This is a conversion course with an excellent employment record. It provides you with a coherent set of skills which are essential in building, managing and leveraging effective and efficient information systems (IS) for organisations. MSc ISBP graduates will acquire the skills necessary to manage and leverage IS for problem-solving, value-generation and cost savings.

This is a 12-month intensive course with industrially mentored collaborative projects.

Part 1 takes place from September to May.

  • Business Analysis Requirements, Skills and Techniques
  • IT Sourcing and Project
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Storage Technology
  • Electronic Business Modesl & Systems
  • IS for Organisational Performance
  • Leveraging IT Seminar Series
  • Application Design
  • IT Governance and Compliance
  • Databases for Management Information Systems
  • Optimising the Business Value of IT
  • Business Models for Disruptive Technology
  • Enterprise Business Intelligence
  • Professional Practice Skills

Part 2 consists of a collaborative industry research project. This will give you a practical experience of a research project in a business context. This collaborative project will allow groups of students to specialise in an assigned industry sector (e.g. financial services, technological, pharmaceuticals, government, retail/distribution) in the context of a research project carried out under the supervision of an industry expert and an academic specialist. Groups will develop a proposal and carry out fieldwork in order to produce a report on their topic.


  • hybrid business/IT orientation
  • focused on understanding how organisations operate
  • strong links with industry
  • curriculum based on leading-edge technologies
  • emphasis on developing students’ ability to work as a team
  • develops technical skills from scratch
  • customised career and professional workshops
  • challenging and collaborative industrial projects
  • mentored by leading industrial entrepreneurs, Chief Executive Officers, IT managers, Chief Information Officers and business consultants
  • access to an IS and business alumni of over 2,000 professionals


MSc ISBP develops highly competitive and desired business and IT graduates. In fact, the 2016 and 2017 graduating classes have achieved virtually 100% employment.  MSc ISBP graduates are employed nationally and internationally as business analysts, programmers, managers, web and database developers, project managers, auditors, researchers, business intelligence consultants, marketing managers and consultants in industry sectors reliant on IS.

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