Frequently Asked Questions

Scholars duties will depend on their expertise and background and will be a mixture of the following:

* Teaching ~ 2 course modules (on longer visits) or teaching intensively via research seminars (on shorter visits). Scholars involvement in teaching will be related to their research/teaching experience and so must be tailored for each successful applicant. For information regarding topics that we require assistance in teaching at NUIM, USTA and UL please see the course content website.

* Project Supervision - students will undertake a project from February to June in each year. Scholars may be asked to propose and supervise projects related to their expertise as well as assist in providing feedback to other Erasmus Mundus project students.

* Summerschool organisation and delivery: Scholar may assist in the running of the school and giving a talk related to their research (junior researchers) or giving a small course on a topic related to their research (more experienced researchers such as Postdocs/Professors).

For further information please click here for Scholar Activities


We expect to review applications as they arrive and will make a decision on offers within three weeks of receiving the application.


For the academic year 2014/15 we will have five two-week scholarships available.


Once the EACEA has confirmed our nominations the successful applicants on the Main Lists will be notified, they will then have 10 working days to accept their offers. You will be advised via the PAC system of the date that we will be able to make offers, if any, to Reserve List applicants.


Tuition fees are €9000 per year for Third Country students and €4500 per year for European students. Scholarship recipients will have their tuition fees paid in full with contributions to living costs and travel via their scholarship. Further information can be found at 


You should follow the instructions given in your offer letter and log on to the PAC system to accept the offer. You must do this within the deadline as specified in the offer letter.


All supporting documents MUST be either uploaded via the 'Application Status' from the online applications system (PAC) or posted to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland.

  • Copies of official transcripts of results for all qualifications listed in your application. Original Transcripts will be requested at course registration in September.

  • Transcripts of results in languages other than English should be accompanied by a translation into English PLUS a copy of the original certificate indicating the award.

  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from the institution your have graduated/will graduate from)

  • Your CV (we recommend that you use the European Format: see for details)

  • A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport

  • Written evidence of competency in the English Language (for non-native speakers of the English language) i.e. the certificate stating your test score.

  • Written evidence of competency in the French Language (Optional)

    All of the courses are taught in English (even those delivered in France) so the French language requirement is simply so that you can manage daily tasks in France. If you do not have any French qualifications, we recommend that you take a beginners French course during year 1 of the programme. These courses will be available at all participating universities.
Further Information can be found at


You will need to post them to the following address for inclusion in your application:

Postgraduate Applications Centre,

1 Courthouse Square,



Please include your PAC number with the letters.


It is expected that most students will apply before they have completed their final examinations. Such applications will be assessed on their previous results, and may be offered a conditional scholarship. Students who are offered a conditional scholarship must provide their final results and a copy of their diploma/full certified transcript by June 30th 2013, and will be notified within 10 working days of final acceptance if they meet the conditions or rejection of they do not.


There is no template for the letters of reference. Referees are free to write the letters in whatever format they wish. However these letters should include the referees signature, be presented on headed paper and bear an official stamp/seal.


  • Information relating to individuals (personal data) is collected and used in accordance with Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on "the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data"
  • The names of all successful candidates will be published on the course website
  • If you are selected (proposed for a scholarship, put on the reserve list, or enrolled on a self paying basis) your data may be used for the purposes of evaluating the Erasmus Mundus Programme and will be made available to the Agency, the EM National Structures, the EU Delegations and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association, acting as stakeholders of the programme


All applicants who require a visa to study in France, Ireland or Scotland will be required to have an English Language Certificate for immigration purposes. It is a criteria of the Programme that applicants hold a English Language Competency Certificate i.e. IELTS, TOEFL PBT, TOEFL IBT, or PTE if English is not your native language.  The Certificate must be uploaded to PAC before the closing date for applications or your application will be considered incomplete.


Graduates will be equally suited to a career in research where they will develop new techniques for developing more dependable software, or a career in industry where they will develop dependable industrial strength software.


All applicants must provide written evidence of competency in the English language by the application deadline. Documentation should be forwarded/uploaded to PAC.

The list below outlines the minimum standards in English language which must be met for admission to the University.


Overall Level Required

(Note minimum levels in each exam component may be imposed.)


6.5 overall. (minimum 5.0 in each component)


TOEFL (Paper based test): 585

TOEFL (Internet based test) :95





The combination of your degree and work experience could make you eligible to apply for the MSc degree. However, you will need to make clear all of your programming and computer science related experience (exams results as part of your degree, courses taken as part of your work experience etc) on your application form. Please be aware that the demand for scholarships are high on this programme so it may be difficult to obtain a scholarship without a Computer Science degree. We are unable to give you any further information until we have received all scholarship applications.


Application Deadlines

     Student applications for each year will open during the previous September

     Student Scholarships: January 15th of each year

     Fee paying applications: June 30th of each year

     Scholar Teaching Scholarships: Rolling Call 2012-2017

Other Important Dates

* Acknowledgement of receipt of submission of application: 1 week (5 working days)

* Notification if application is ineligible: immediately after the eligibility check is complete

* Notification of main and reserve list students: March of each year

* Notice of Decision for main list students: usually late April (date to be set by the Erasmus Mundus programme administration)

* Notice of Decision for reserve list students: May/June/July depending on the uptake of scholarships

* Students must make a formal acceptance of their offer within 10 days of the offer being made

* Appeal deadline: You must complete and return the Notice of Appeal to the Student Support Co-ordinator
no later than 7 days after you receive the Notice of Decision.

* Course start: September of each year


We expect to award upto 16 scholarships per year for students participating in the Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems. Some additional scholarships may be made available to students who are from specififc countries as nominated by the EACEA. Short term scholarships are also available to support scholars who wish to participate in teaching/research activities concerned with this programme.

Partner Country Students (Category A)

  • Participation costs (including tuition fees and insurance coverage): € 9 000 per year
  • Contribution to travel: up to €3,000 per annum depending on location
  • Installation costs: € 1000 per course 
  • Monthly allowance: € 1 000 per month

Programme Country Students (Category B)

  • Participation costs (including tuition fees and insurance coverage): € 4 500 per year
  • Contribution to Travel: €1,000 per annum
  • Monthly allowance: € 1000 per month

Scholar Scholarships:

  • Living allowance (including travel costs): € 1 895 / week for a minimum duration of 2 weeks and a maximum duration of 3 months per scholar.




You can only upload documentation after you have completed your application and paid the fee. Once you have paid the fee, you can upload your documents by going to “My Account” on the PAC site and clicking on the “Status” of your application and follow the instructions there.


Taught Masters Scholarships 2015
Sixty awards of €2,000 - See more at:

Taught Masters Scholarships 2015
Sixty awards of €2,000 - See more at:

Taught Masters Scholarships Maynooth University is offering sixty Taught Masters Scholarships of €2,000 to prospective students undertaking full-time Masters programmes at Maynooth University in September 2015. The call for applications is open to all 2.1 honours degree graduates (both from Maynooth University and from other universities).

Taught Masters Alumni Scholarships Supported by funding from the Alumni affinity credit card, these Alumni Scholarships offer graduates of Maynooth University (including the graduating class of 2015) €5,000 towards fees for a full-time Masters programme.

- See more at:


See for the answers to the following questions:

A) Applicant- Student/doctoral candidate/ scholars
1. How can individual candidates (students, doctoral candidates, scholars) interested in an
Erasmus Mundus Action 1 scholarship/fellowship apply?
2. To how many joint programmes can a student apply?
3. What does the Erasmus Mundus scholarship cover?
4. How are the student/doctoral candidate “participation costs” calculated? How are they
5. Does the Erasmus Mundus Programme offer scholarships for part-time studies?
6. Is it obligatory for a student/doctoral candidate applying for an EM scholarship/fellowship
to have completed his/her previous degree before submitting his/her application?
7. What is the minimum duration for scholarships of third-country scholars and European
8. When and how will the student/doctoral candidate
be notified of the scholarship/fellowship selection results?
9. How can I be sure that my EM degree is recognised in a country that is not involved in the
consortium where I study/studied?
10. What is the difference between Category A and Category B scholarships?
11. According to the Erasmus Mundus Programme, what is the definition of European
12. Can I apply to both categories A and B if I have a double nationality?
13. Can I do mobility/part of my thesis in an institution outside the consortium partners or in a
country outside the consortium countries?

B) Beneficiary - Student/doctoral candidate/ scholars
14. Can students/doctoral candidates be selected for participation in the joint programme at
a later stage and outside the main and reserve list?
15. If a student has dropped out from the programme, can the Consortium ask for the
reimbursement of the scholarship amount already received?
16. Can a student / doctoral candidate / scholar benefiting from an EM
scholarship/fellowship benefit from other scholarships while performing his/her EM joint
programme activities?
17. In cases of double, multiple or joint degrees, what is the country in which a student
obtained his/her last degree?
18. Is a student/doctoral candidate allowed to work during the joint programme period and
receive the scholarship/fellowship at the same time?
19. How should employment contracts be implemented within an Erasmus Mundus Joint
20. What is the duration of an EMJD and what is the period covered by the Erasmus Mundus
21. Are there any exceptions to the “12-month rule” applicable to Category A doctoral
candidate fellowships?
22. Are there any specific procedures for a Category A doctoral candidate's visa?
23. Are the travel expenses of the student from lab to lab within a co-tutelle fellowship
covered by the participation costs, by the lump sum, or by the student himself?


There is an informal mailing list to allow you contact other students to discuss potential shared accommodation, travel plans etc. The address is


If applicants require accommodation, candidates should contact the accommodations office of their first institution immediately on receiving acceptance (details will be included in the acceptance letter)


You should start your visa application as soon as you receive a letter of offer from the MSc Programme. This letter will indicate your first place of study.


Please see course content for information regarding the summer school duration, purpose and locations. Information on previous summerschools can be seen at


• Passport/National Identity Card
• Marriage Certificate(State Version)for students wishing to register in their married names.
• Letter of acceptance from NUIM
• List of course modules and course codes (numbers) that you wish to register to study at NUIM.
(Access the NUIM course finder at, for module descriptions and timetable information)
• International students registering for a full post-graduate degree must bring official transcripts of their undergraduate degree.
If not in English, these transcripts should be accompanied by an official English translation.
• Evidence of Fee Payment for the NUIM Course (Grant and Scholarship Holders must furnish evidence of their awards).

• PPS Number (Personal Public Service Number)
• Evidence of Fee Payment for the NUIM Course (Grant and Scholarship Holders must furnish evidence
of their awards).
• Previous student identity card (if you have it)


Your student agreement (see documents tab on covers this topic:
Students on scholarship are not permitted to earn a regular salary as stated in your student agreement (clause 11).

However, if a student is interested in some part time work that doesn't interfere with their timetable or that aligns directly with their project work we have some flexibility. Each case would need to be treated individually so when you have more details please let me know. Note also that depending on your circumstances you would be taxed on money that you earn after a certain threshold (and there may be restrictions associated with your visa).


Please contact Prof Galmiche, the course co-ordinator at UL for directions:


Please see for details. Note that Erasmus Mundus students are covered by Insurance taken out by the the DESEM consortium.


*** All international students can avail of transfers from the airport - please read the website listed below for details.

*** Taught Masters students orientation:

Monday 16th September 9:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Iontas Lecture Theatre, Iontas Building (North Campus) - Full Details at

Attendance at Orientation is mandatory for all new international students. Additionally there is a mandatory session for ALL international students together on Friday 20 September, 3:00pm in the IONTAS Theater.

*** Activities for new International Students

We have arranged a number of different activities during orentation week which include movie nights, walking tours of Maynooth town, Irish sport demonstrations and an Irish dance night. We have also arranged some exciting trip for the weekends, which include a tour of Dublin and a day trip to the historical ruins of Monasterboice, Knowth and the Hill of Tara. We encourage you to particpate in as many of these activities as you can to get the most out of your experience in Ireland and help you meet other people.

Please see for details on
Before you Arrive
Arriving at NUIM
Getting to NUIM campus
Airport Hotels
NUIM Shuttle Bus Schedule
NUIM Accommodation Key Collection and Check-in
Orientation Schedules
Course Registration
Opening a Bank Account
Start of Classes
Activities for new International Students