Advanced Systems Dependability – Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (MSc) 2020 entry
The MSc in Advanced Systems Dependability is a two-year Erasmus Mundus programme offered by St Andrews in conjunction with Maynooth University in Ireland and Université de Lorraine Nancy in France. It provides students with the skills and in-depth technical understanding of the key concepts required to design and build dependable software systems.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2022
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Two years full time
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related discipline. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
Modules are taught in English; however, students who intend to study in France should have a minimum knowledge of French to help them in their day-to-day living.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
Tuition fees for this course are set by the Erasmus Mundus programme. See the Maynooth University website for information about fees.
See Maynooth University's apply page for application deadlines.
- CV (using the European format)
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- two signed academic references (at least one from the institution you have graduated or will graduate from)
- copy of your birth certificate or valid passport
- proof of residence
- personal statement
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The following are Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters modules offered by the University of St Andrews. Find out more about the specific modules offered by the other universities.
The modules in the St Andrews programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
Students take the following compulsory module:
- Object-Oriented Modelling, Design and Programming: introduces and reinforces object-oriented modelling, design and implementation to provide a common basis of skills allowing students to complete programming assignments within other MSc modules.
and then follow one of the following themes:
- Software Engineering: on completion of this theme, students will have gained skills and experience in the application of general software engineering principles and practice, software architecture, and critical systems engineering. Students will be prepared to apply their learning in the research and development of highly dependable software systems.
- Artificial Intelligence: on completion of this theme, students will have gained skills and experience in the application of this key, state-of-the-art topic in the field of dependable software. Students will be prepared to apply their learning into artificial intelligence in the research and development of software systems that use AI to achieve high levels of dependability in poorly specified or highly changeable environments.
- Data Science: on completion of this theme, students will have gained skills and experience in data-intensive systems, data mining, and knowledge discovery as applied to dependable software systems. Students will be prepared to apply their learning in the research and development of highly dependable, data-intensive software systems.
Students choose either two or three optional modules from the following list (up to two of these may be taken from the second list). See the module catalogue for their descriptions.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
- Artificial Intelligence Practice
- Artificial Intelligence Principles
- Critical Systems Engineering
- Data Ethics and Privacy
- Data-Intensive Systems
- Information Visualisation
- Interactive Software and Hardware
- Knowledge Discovery and Datamining
- Language and Computation
- Machine Learning
- Practice of Computer Communication Systems
- Principles of Computer Communication Systems
- Software Architecture
- Software Engineering Practice
- Software Engineering Principles
Additional optional modules
- Constraint Programming
- Information Visualisation
- Logic and Software Verification
Students who do not enrol in an industrial or research project will be required to do a dissertation instead. Project work is a major aspect of this Masters programme, accounting for 33% of the total degree marks. Students complete a project at each of the two universities and submit a dissertation for examination at the end of each project.
At St Andrews, the dissertation typically comprises:
- a review of related work
- the extension of existing or the development of new ideas
- software implementation and testing
- analysis and evaluation.
Students are required to give a presentation of their work in addition to the written dissertation.
Students in their second year may be eligible to do an industrial or research placement which accounts for 60 credits, accounting for 50% of the total degree marks.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date list of modules in the module catalogue.