Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

European Masters Programme in Software Engineering (EMSE), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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  • English
The European Masters Programme in Software Engineering (EMSE) is a joint MSc programme taught in English, coordinated by the faculties of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany, University of Oulu, Finland, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. 
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The European Masters Programme in Software Engineering (EMSE) curriculum at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano covers a wide range of topics, such as software process management, verification and validation, software design, and requirements engineering, and advanced topics including software quality, distributed systems and development, global software development, embedded systems, and open source software & agile development.

Learning outcomes

A successful student will be able to

  • Have solid knowledge of theoretical foundations in SE and their application in the several informatics domains; that is, have knowledge of techniques and methods of design, development, test, and maintenance of information systems and be able to apply them in different contexts, also not typically IT, where the software technology is anyway crucial;
  • Be able to analyse and solve problems in SE of several different levels of complexity with specific focus on empirical investigation; that is, employ the scientific methods of investigation in SE; in particular understand and use mathematical instruments that support ESE and its practice;
  • Have basic knowledge of public, corporate and professional cultures and societies in Europe;
  • Have practice in various software applicative sectors in the socio-economic context including the non-IT specific like health, automotive, energy;
  • Be able to work in large autonomy also managing projects and infrastructures over different platforms, like cloud, distributed, or mobile systems;
  • Have a command of the SE technical knowledge and skills necessary to practice as software developer;
  • Have a command of the SE management skills needed to organize and control software project team work;
  • Be able to reconcile conflicting project objectives providing reasonable cost and time information;
  • Overcome the challenges of global software development and internationalization.

Programme Structure

  • Verification and Validation
  • Empirical Software Engineering Research
  • Software Process and Project Management
  • Requirements and Design of Software Systems

Advanced Topic In Software Engineering

The courses specialise students’ competences in a specific technical area of the software engineering discipline. Specialisations depend on the path chosen by the student.

For more info please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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Applications must be submitted through the on-line submission tool.  Applications submitted after the deadline or applications submitted outside the EMSE official submission tool will not be considered. There are two calls for admission for each edition of the programme. Please read the respective Call before proceeding with the application.

In order to be admitted, applicants must fulfill the following criteria and provide documents requested:

  • Meet the application deadline
  • Indicate the preferred mobility track
  • Have excellent academic background. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their curriculum vitae, academic grades, professional experience, motivation letter explaining their education and professional objectives, and letters of recommendation.
  • Have been awarded a BSc in Software Engineering, Computer Science or Computer Engineering or degrees with equivalent skills in the three areas (Software Engineering, Computer Science or Computer Engineering) by an internationally recognized university-level institution.
    • For the first call, applicants who have not completed their BSc degree yet, but are expected to graduate before July 31st, are allowed to apply to the current call for application. However, if selected, to be admitted to the program they will have to provide a copy of the BSc degree certificate before July 31st.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6000 International
  • EUR 4250 EU/EEA

For each academic year, the tuition fees are EUR 6000 for Partner country students (PaC) and EUR 4250 for Programme country Students (PrC).


Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

For the edition 2017-2019, 12 Erasmus Mundus scholarships are offered to Partner Country applicants (PaC), up to 22.000 Euro/year and 3 Erasmus Mundus scholarships to Programme Country applicants (PrC), up to 17.250 Euro/year, distributed over the mobility tracks.

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship covers the payment of the EMSE participation costs* and provides an annual travel and installation support plus a monthly allowance for 12 months a year.

EMSE Consortium Scholarship

EMSE Consortium offers for the edition 2017/2019 two EMSE scholarship of the amount of 24.000,00 €. This scholarship covers each annual participation costs* and leave to the awarded student a subsistence allowance of 15.500,00 €.

*Participation costs: European insurance cost, social taxes, cost for one local language course per year and university services according to the local regulations of each university visited (e.g., access to library, computer laboratories, Wi-Fi, Internet, alumni associations, university sport associations).

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