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

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  • 24 months
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding



The European Masters Programme in Software Engineering (EMSE) is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) completely taught in English.

EMSE is a joint coordination of four prestigious European universities:

  • Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany)

  • University of Oulu (Finland)

  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

in partnership with many other universities, companies, research centers around the world.

The program offers Erasmus Mundus and Consortium two-years scholarships.

Graduates’ profile

Students are prepared to become:

  • Software Engineer whose duties include work in the areas of user and systems requirements and analysis, software design, development, and maintenance, software process management, and maintenance of information systems, also in non-IT environments;

  • IT manager whose duties include the management of information systems of any level of complexity and size;

  • Researcher in public and private research centres or universities whose work comprises the empirical investigation of the quality of software processes and systems of any level of complexity and size.

Masters degree awarded by the programme

Students will be awarded a double degree, from the universities they have attended upon the successful completion of the curriculum and fulfillment of the Masters course requirements

Programme Structure

EMSE curriculum

Students choose two out of the four universities, spending one academic year in each of them. The EMSE program offers course on foundations and advanced topics in software engineering including but not limited to:

  • software process management,
  • verification and validation,
  • software design,
  • requirements engineering,
  • software quality,
  • distributed systems and development,
  • global software development,
  • embedded systems
  • open source software & agile development

Study plans and specializations are defined by the path chosen by the student

1. A compulsory internship in the associated companies of the programme

2. A summer school with the top experts in software engineering

3. Two courses of the languages of the two countries where students choose for their learning path

4. Thesis carried out at the second university and jointly supervised and evaluated by two supervisors, one from each university visited by the students

Application sessions:

2017/2019 First application session opens on 1 November 2016, closes on 5 February 2017. Second application session opens March 15th.

Detailed Programme Facts

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Academic Requirements

No application submitted after the deadline nor no application submitted outside EMSE's official submission tool will be taken into consideration.

Admision Criteria

Excellent academic background: candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their curriculum vitae, academic grades, professional experience, and letters of recommendation.

  • Bachelor of Science 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.

Applicants who have not completed their first level degree yet, but are expected to graduate before July 31st, 2017, are allowed to apply to the current call for application. However, if selected, to be admitted to the Programme, they will have to provide a copy of the first-level degree certificate before July 31st, 2017.

  • Proof of proficiency in English language at level B2.2 (CEFR).

Application documents:

The absence of any of these documents in the Submission Tool by February 05, 2017 may lead to rejection of such application:

  • A copy of the of English proficiency certificate;

  • Curriculum Vitae (European format. E.g: Europass);

  • Proof of nationality (copy of passport);

  • Proof of place of residence (current address of residence);

  • Certified (translated into English) copy of university diploma;

  • Certified (translated into English) copy of Transcript of study Results (subjects taken during their degrees, along with the marks obtained and the number of hours/credits devoted to each subject); and

  • Recommendation letters (one compulsory and 1 optional) and references.

Upon admission to the Programme, candidates shall provide copies of their university diplomas and transcript of records duly legalized and apostilled.

Ranking for scholarship:

Candidates that fulfil the admission criteria will be ranked according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic records;

  • Type of entrance qualification;

  • Work experience and professional qualifications;

  • Motivation and willingness, curriculum vitae; and

  • Recommendation letters and references.

Students are admitted to the program regardless of sex, age, or nationality.

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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