Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This course is intended for Computer Science graduates who wish to pursue further studies and research into the speciality of Dependability. Students in their final year of study may apply, based on their results to date: in this case any offers made will be provisional on achieving the required final grades.


Course Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree in Computer Science or a very closely related discipline with an average grade of 60% (equivalent to a B, II.1, or assez bien) or above. Extensive industrial experience may be considered as equivalent to academic qualification although such applicants will normally be subject to interview by the consortium.
  • English-Language certificate (for non-native speakers of English only). Since the language of instruction is primarily English, students whose first language is not English must provide proof of a minimum knowledge of English such as an IELTS certificate or equivalent obtained in the last two years.An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is required with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component of the test.Applicants who have previously completed part or all of their education through the medium of English are still required to provide a Certificate. You must upload a copy of your certificate before the close of applications or your application will be incomplete.
  • Students will be selected for the course based on the following criteria:
    Academic Excellence (very good/outstanding study results in the relevant study areas);
    Academic potential;
    Level of language skills;
    Letters of Recommendations/References;
    Work experience and professional qualifications (if applicable);
    Results of interviews (if applicable: in exceptional circumstances candidates may be asked to attend an interview either in person, by Skype, by video/teleconference, or by telephone).
  • Your application must be complete before the deadline to be onsidered.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

Grants are available to 'Programme Country' (mainly EU) and 'Partner Country' (mainly rest of world) students. Click here to view the full grant eligibility requirements. You may also apply to the course as a self-funded student (in which case you may use a national grant, or another non-EU grant, to fund or part-fund yourself).

Application Procedure

Application is made through the Postgraduate Application Centre (at After the deadline of January 30th, 2020, applications will be reviewed for eligibility, and then ordered by the quality of each application. Places and grants will be offered to the top 20 eligible students; places without grants will be offered to up to 5 additional students. If grant offers are not accepted, subsequent offers may be made at a later stage to further eligible students. Ineligible students will hear back before the end of March. There is an appeals process for unsuccessful applicants. Grants offers will be made in early April. Second round grant offers will be made in late April/early May. The course begins nominally on the 1st September: successful applicants will receive details from the first university they attend.

    Application Information

    The following details are required to make an application:

    • Name, date-of-birth, address, nationality, etc.
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Full academic details (degree awarded, and detailed module results)
    • Your mobility preferences (between the three universities)
    • Personal statement, detailed your motivation for applying to the course
    • List of programming languages you are proficient in
    • Your marks for any ALGORITHM and DATA STRUCTURES modules/courses you have studied
    • Your grade, percentage, and GPA for the final year of your degree programme, and your degree ranking (if known) - or for the penultimate year of the programme if you have not yet completed your degree
    • Your university ranking in the current Times Higher Education World University Rankings
    • Additional information that may further improve your application


    The following additional information is required if also applying for an EMJMD grant (see Scholarships for further information):

    • Proof of current residence


    You will be required to upload the following documents:

    • Certified copies of official transcripts of results for all qualifications listed in your application. Transcripts of results in languages other than English must 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 you have graduated/will graduate from)
    • A personal statement detailing your motivation for applying for this course
    • Your CV (in European Format - for details)
    • A copy of your valid passport (if you have multiple nationalities, you must decide at the time of application under which nationality you are applying)
    • A copy of your up-to-date English Language Competence Certificate i.e. IELTS, TOEFL PBT, TOEFL IBT, or PTE. One of these certificates must be provided if English is not your native language. Required scores are IELTS 6.5 or higher, with a minimum of 5.5 in each indvidual component of the test; TOEFL PBT: 585; TOEFL IBT 95; PTE (Pearson): 62.
    • Copy of passport (must be valid)
    • Copy of your degree parchment (diploma)
    • Copy of your transcript of results (diploma supplement) - showing the mark you received for each module you have studied
    • You will be required to download, complete, sign, and then upload a form confirming that you understand the Grant Eligibility Requirements, and stating whether you will consider a non-grant aided place if you are not offered a grant
    • Proof of current residence (if applying for the grant)


    You will also be required to submit an application fee (paid directly to PAC) of EUR 50.


    EC co-funded