Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHG72

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Closing Date : 30 June 2021

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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, the University 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 49,000 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.

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

The course entry requirements are as follows:

  • An honours degree in Computer Science or a very closely 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.
    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

  • Your application must be complete before the deadline to be considered.
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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)

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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 must 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)
  • A personal statement detailing your motivation for applying for this course
  • Your CV (in European Format - for details)
  • A copy of your valid passport (a copy of your birth certificate may also be included)
  • A copy of your up-to-date English Language Competence Certificate i.e. IELTS, TOEFL PBT, TOEFL IBT, or PTE. One of these certificates must be provided if English is not your native language. Required scores are IELTS 6.5 or higher, with a minimum of 5.5 in each indvidual component of the test; TOEFL PBT: 585; TOEFL IBT 95; PTE (Pearson): 62.
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of your degree parchment (diploma)
  • Copy of your transcipt of results (diploma supplement) - showing the mark you received for each module you have studied
  • You will be required to download, complete, sign, and then upload a form confirming that you understand the Grant Eligibility Requirements, and stating whether you will consider a non-grant aided place if you are not offered a grant
  • Proof of current residence (if applying for the grant)


How to Apply for Scholarships:

Course Application deadline (with scholarship): 9th March 2018
Course Application deadline (without scholarship): 1st June 2018

Information on fees and funding is available at and


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