Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

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

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • 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

Courses included:
  • Software Process and Project Management (EMSE – SPPM)
  • Requirements and Design of Software Systems (EMSE – RESD)
  • Verification and Validation (EMSE -VV)
  • Empirical Software Engineering Research (EMSE – ESER)
  • Advanced topics in Software Engineering
  • Transversal Skills
  • Free Choice

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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:


    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

Application Documents
  • A copy/photocopy of English proficiency certificate.
  • Curriculum Vitae (European format, e.g Europass)
  • Proof of nationality (copy of passport). Only pages with a photo and personal data.
  • Proof of place of residence (e.g., residence certificate, or a certificate from your place of work, study or training)
  • Certified (translated in English) copy of university diploma
  •  Certified (translated in 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)
  •  Recommendation letter(s) and references

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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For each academic year, the participation costs are € 6000 for Partner country students and € 4250 for Programme country Students.

Living costs for Bolzano - Bozen

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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