Taught course

Dependable Software Systems (Erasmus Mundus)

University of St Andrews · School of Computer Science

Entry requirements

This MSc programme can be studied by well-qualified students with an honours degree UK 2.1 or equivalent or better in any discipline related to Computer Science.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Dependable Software Systems 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.

Course highlights

  • 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.

Teaching format

The Erasmus Mundus 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 partner universities. The MSc is awarded to students completing 120 ECTS; at each university, students accumulate 60 ECTS (equivalent to 120 St Andrews credits): 40 from taught modules over two semesters and 20 from project work during summer. 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.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English a certificate such as IELTS overall grade 7.0 or equivalent will be required.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The Erasmus Mundus programme hosts a number of scholarships. Students must apply before January 31 to be eligible.

Please visit this page on our website for more information: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/taught-programmes/dss-erasmus/#d.en.318449

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+ 44 (0)1334 463253