Maynooth University Department of Computer Science



Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHG60

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Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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Maynooth University (MU) in Ireland; the University of St. Andrews (UStA) in Scotland; and Université de Lorraine (UL) in France are offering a two-year double Master Programme, in Dependable Software Systems (DESEM).

Our 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 120 ECTS. Students will study in two of the three partner universities, achieving a diploma supplement from each university in which they accomplish 60 ECTS.

Courses are taught in English and are structured according to the ECTS. Students will be integrated into the culture of the country where they study through language and cultural courses provided by the Universities which they attend.


Closing date

Internal Scholarship Applications: 31 March 2017
Course applications (without scholarship): 30 June 2017


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

- 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.

  - English-Language certificate (for non-native speakers of English only).

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University ’s TOEFL code is 8850

Information regarding visas etc. may be obtained from the International Office at Maynooth University

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Department of Computer Science

A student will achieve the European Double MSc in Dependable Software Systems, through studying at two European universities, providing them with the unique opportunity of specialising in two of the following subject areas:

·         Rigorous Software Development at Maynooth University in Ireland

·         Knowledge based Systems, Distributed Systems, or Software Systems at University of St. Andrews in Scotland

·         Formal Reasoning at Université de Lorraine in France

To complete the degree a student must achieve 120 ECTS (60 ECTS at each university) over two years. These ECTS must include 40 ECTS from taught modules and 20 ECTS from project work in each year. Students also participate in one course-wide summer school module per year. The modules available to students are listed on

Course Duration: 2 years full-time

Graduates are qualified to work in a wide range of jobs in the software industry. In particular, they are 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 have secured  both industrial positions (in companies such as Google, SAP, Accenture, J.P. Morgan, Cigna and Active Mind Technology) and funded PhD programmes (in universities such as the University of St Andrews, TU Delft, Technical University of Munich and Bournemouth University)

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The following documents must be uploaded to the Postgraduate Applications Centre along with your online application:

·         Certified 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 you have graduated/will graduate from)

·         Your CV (we recommend that you use the European Format: see for details)

·         A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport

·         For non-native speakers of the English language: certificates of competency in the English Language (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE)


How to Apply for Scholarships:

Internal Scholarship Applications: 31 March 2017
Course applications (without scholarship): 30 June 2017

Information on fees and funding is available at and


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