Dependable Software Systems – European Masters (MSc) 2017 entry
The MSc in Dependable Software Systems is a two-year European Masters 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)
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 European Masters programme. See the Maynooth University website for information about fees.
- 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
- English language requirements certificate.
If you started this programme in 2016, you can find information about 2016 entry on the 2016 Dependable Software Systems – Erasmus Mundus (MSc) page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.
The European Masters MSc in Dependable Software Systems is a two-year taught programme run jointly by computer science departments at the University of St Andrews, National University of Ireland Maynooth and Université de Lorraine Nancy in France.
- Students study at two of the three following internationally recognised universities in computer science: University of St Andrews, National University of Ireland Maynooth and Université de Lorraine Nancy in France.
- Students undertake a significant project including a wide-ranging investigation, leading to their dissertation which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking.
- Students gain the logical reasoning and problem-solving skills needed for a career in a software industry.
- While at St Andrews, students have 24-hour access to excellent modern laboratories, provisioned with modern dual-screen PC workstations and group working facilities.
Students study at two of the three partner universities. Semesters 1 and 3 normally consist of foundational topics upon which students can build their specialisations, whereas Semesters 2 and 4 normally consist of specialised modules and project work. In both universities, students complete a dissertation research project.
Teaching methods at St Andrews include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations. Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students.
At St Andrews, all students are assigned an advisor who meets with them at the start of the year to discuss module choices and is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year. A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation.
The following are European 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 2016–2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.
- 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 one or both of:
- Artificial Intelligence Principles: covers the foundational knowledge and fundamental principles of artificial intelligence (AI), including an overview of AI and its philosophy.
- Software Engineering Principles: examines the key concepts in small and large-scale software development.
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).
Students choose either two or three optional modules from the following list (up to two of these may be taken from second list). See the module catalogue for their descriptions.
- Artificial Intelligence Principles
- Artificial Intelligence Practice
- Language and Computation
- Software Engineering Principles
- Software Engineering Practice
- Critical Systems Engineering
- Software Architecture
- Interactive Software and Hardware
- Knowledge Discovery and Datamining
Additional optional modules
- Logic and Software Verification
- Constraint Programming
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2016–2017 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
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.
Conferences and events
The School of Computer Science at St Andrews organises a regular programme of colloquia, talks and seminars by external and internal speakers from both industry and academia. The talks are aimed at bringing the diversity, excitement and impact of computer science from around the globe to staff and students within the School.
The St Andrews Computing Society (STACS) regularly organises hackathons and other events open to local and external participants, including MSc students. These are very popular events, often supported by industrial sponsors.
The Computer Science blog regularly publishers news and events.
The European Masters programme hosts a number of scholarships. Students must apply before January 31 to be eligible.
After the MSc
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere.
The EngD programme in Computer Science is a 4-year Engineering Doctorate involving an industrial partner and incorporating a 30-week taught component and a 170-week individual research component. Students who have already completed an MSc may be able to proceed directly to the individual research component of the EngD
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews. The School of Computer Science is highly rated for its theoretical and practical research in areas such as AI, symbolic computation, networking, computer communication systems, human computer interaction, and systems engineering, and offers research opportunities leading to a PhD in Computer Science.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The EPSRC offers a variety of research studentship funding in Computer Science.
Graduates of the European Masters MSc will be equally suited to a career in research where they will develop new techniques for developing more dependable software, or a career in industry where they will develop dependable industrial strength software. Previous graduates have found employment at the following companies:
- SAP, Ireland
- JP Morgan, UK
- Cigna, USA
- Google, Ireland
- Accenture, UK
- Active Mind Technology, Ireland
- IBM, Ireland
- German Aerospace Centre (DLR).
Past students have also gone on to undertake a PhD at:
- TU DELFT, Netherlands
- TU München, Germany
- University of Oxford, UK
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
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