Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

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

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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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. 


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.

The EMSE is an international study programme (Joint Degree). It is offered in cooperation with the computer science departments of:

  • Universidad Polite?cnica de Madrid (UPM), in Madrid, Spain
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (UNIKL), Germany
  • Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (unibz), Italy
  • University of Oulu (OY), in Oulu, Finland

The curriculum consists of modules (divided into foundations and advanced topics in software engineering), an internship, a summer school and a master thesis.

Programme Structure

  • Verification and Validation
  • Empirical Software Engineering Research
  • Software Process and Project Management
  • Requirements and Design of Software Systems
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 567

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 87

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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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