The European Masters in Dependable Software Systems will be achieved over two years through the allocation of 120 ECTS. Each student on the integrated programme will study in two of the three partner universities and countries, achieving a diploma supplement from each university in which they accomplish 60 ECTS. A student will achieve the double MSc in Dependable Software Systems, through the award of any two of the diploma supplements.
The institutions that are members of the DESEM Consortium are:
- Maynooth University (MU) in Ireland;
- University of St. Andrews (UStA) in Scotland; and
- Université de Lorraine (UL) in France.
The role of each University is outlined in the document below.
The programme objective is to provide students with the knowledge, skill and in-depth technical understanding of the key concepts required to design and build dependable software systems. This will be achieved by bringing together the theory and practice of software development and, in particular, through the transfer of knowledge from the classroom via research driven and commercially relevant projects.The overall structure of the programme is represented below:
120 European Credits will be achieved through a combination of coursework and project work that will present the student with both research and industrial aspects of safety critical software and other forms of dependable software systems. DESEM students must accumulate a total of 80 ECTS (40 ECTS per year) from coursework and 40 ECTS (20 ECTS per year) from project work. Semesters I and III will normally consist of foundational topics upon which students can build their specialisations, whereas semesters II and IV will normally consist of specialised modules and project work. If students choose to accumulate more than 60 ECTS in one institution, they still have to achieve 60 ECTS in the second institution to fulfil the DESEM degree requirements.