Erasmus Mundus MSc in Advanced Systems Dependability Scholarships

Erasmus Mundus MSc in Advanced Systems Dependability Scholarships

Erasmus Mundus MSc in Advanced Systems Dependability Scholarships

A 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).

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.

In order to maintain a good professor/student ratio, approximately 30 students will be selected for entry to the course each year.

Courses are taught through English only.

The admission are criteria are:

1. A high honours degree in Computer Science, or a closely related discipline (with a grade equivalent to a 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).

Fully Funded Scholarships

Erasmus+ scholarships are available to students from all countries.

Many other local, national, and international scholarships and grants are available for studying abroad, which provide an alternate funding path for this course.

A small number of incoming student grants are available in Ireland, France and the UK (consult the postgraduate studies/grants pages of the university websites).

European and some other students may be eligible for free fees (consult the higher education web sites for further information).

Erasmus+ scholarships are funded by the EU under the Erasmus+/EMJMD programme, and cover the full participation costs for successful applicants (fees, etc.), and also provide a contribution to your travel costs as follows:

The maximum total scholarship grant is 49 000 EUR per applicant

  • 1 000 EUR per year per scholarship holder resident in a Programme Country for travel costs
  • 2 000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1 000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident in a Partner Country whose location is situated at less than 4.000 km from the EMJMD coordinating HEI (Maynooth University)

  • 3 000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1 000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident in a Partner Country whose location is situated at 4.000 km or more from the EMJMD coordinating HEI (Maynooth University)

  • 1 000 per month for 24 months as a contribution towards subsistence costs. Erasmus+ Partner Countries are most countries in the world other than European Union Countries.

    Erasmus+ Programme Countries are European Union Countries and several other countries in Europe.


  • Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries count as Partner Country students.

  • Partner Country students who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any Programme Country are considered as Partner Country students

  • The five-year reference period for this 12-months rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline (defined by the consortia) of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship.
  • Students whose citizenship is one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries count as Programme
  • Country students.

    Students with a Partner Country citizenship who do not fulfil the

  • Partner Country criteria defined above (12-months rule) count as Programme Country students.
  • Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.

  • Proof of country of residency is required in calculating the grant.

    Each applicants place of residence will normally be verified based on the basis of the provision of the documents listed in the EU PRADO website:

  • A residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules (normally under category H on the PRADO website);

  • If your country of residence has no residency documents listed on the PRADO website, then a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question;

  • The following are not adequate proof of residence: passport, driving license. Both documents must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship, i.e. the consortium's official deadline for student application.

    Eligibility for Scholarship Grant

  • Only candidates who have been accepted for a place on this course are eligible for a scholarship.
  • EMJMD student scholarships cover the entire 2-year duration of the Master course and are awarded exclusively for a full-time enrolment.

    Scholarship candidates must have already obtained a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national rules and legislation in place.

  • Students who have already obtained an EMJMD scholarship or are former EMMC (Erasmus Mundus – Action 1) or Erasmus Mundus Master/Doctoral scholarship holders are not eligible for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action. Students benefiting from an EMJMD scholarship cannot benefit from another EU grant while pursuing their EMJMD studies.
  • Candidates who will only obtain their first higher education degree at the end of the academic year preceding the EMJMD student intake concerned by the EMJMD scholarship can nevertheless apply for a scholarship and can be selected by the consortium, under the condition that the student obtains the required degree prior to the beginning of the Master course intake concerned.


    The DEPEND Progamme has a total of 59 scholarships to offer over the next 3 years of the programme. The heading 1 scholarships are limited to a maximum of 3 per country per year. The ENI and DCI scholarships are additional.

  • 52 Heading 1 Scholarships for Partner Country applicants
  • 1 Heading 1 Scholarship for Programme Country applicants
  • 2 ENI East scholarships (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Territory of Ukraine as recognised by international law)
  • 2 ENI South scholarships (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia)
  • 1 DCI scholarship (Asia - DPR Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philipines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • 1 DCI scholarship (Latin America - Brazil and Mexico)

    Apply by February 28th.

    For more information and application details, see; Erasmus Mundus MSc in Advanced Systems Dependability Scholarships

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