The Erasmus Mundus programme in Distributed Computing is a cooperation between KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain. It is a two-year Master's programme including compulsory mobilty for the students.
The EMDC programme offers education of high international standard as well as cultural experience from two different European countries and a double degree from two universities.
Students from any country are welcome to apply. A number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available.
The European Master in Distributed Computing aims at giving the best possible foundation for a career in research and development of scalable and reliable distributed systems. After the program, students should not only understand and be able to use large distributed systems but they should be capable of designing and constructing such systems.
The European Master in Distributed Computing is an Erasmus Mundus Master program operated jointly by:
Information technology is becoming ubiquitous and increasingly important for all kinds of organizations, including enterprises, factories, public utilities, state bodies, health care, banking, transportation, airport and harbor control, etc. Information technology, and Distributed Computing in particular, is required to successfully undertake and manage large-scale projects on such organizations. Furthermore, Distributed Computing provides the foundations to manage the communications and data processing required by other science fields such as health sciences, biology, physics, chemistry, mechanical and civil engineering.
The programme comprises three semesters of course work and one semester for thesis work, 120 ECTS in total. The first year of studies, 60 ECTS, is carried out at one of the two optional entry locations, IST and UPC. The third semester of studies will be carried out at KTH, 30 ECTS. Students will then prepare their master thesis at one of the participant institutions, 30 ECTS.
The first year of studies achieves integration of courses between IST and UPC in solid distributed computing fundamentals background, while allowing a significant degree of specialization in more advance courses, tailored for different student profiles and principal faculty expertise of each institution.
The specific profiles offered at IST and UPC address two different sets of concerns in design, development, evaluation, and evolution of distributed computing systems: overall system reliability at IST (fault-tolerance, interoperability, autonomic systems), performance and scalability at UPC (performance measurement, tuning, large-scale systems).
The third semester of studies at KTH receives all students providing them with common advanced courses that assume and leverage course integration of previous semesters. This motivates students to develop large-scale projects integrating both common and complementary skills acquired earlier, and developing research methodology and scientific writing, essential to pursue further studies and research.
2nd Semester: (5 out of 6)
2nd Semester: (4 out of 6)
KTH 3rd Semester:
The objective is for students to demonstrate the individual skills acquired during the programme and apply them to solve a realistic problem. The student should write a thesis report and present, demonstrate and defend the results. The thesis project may be proposed by the student, an examiner, a company, a public agency or any other external organization.
The EACEA (the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) grants 7 to 9 category A scholarships and 7 to 9 category B scholarships per Erasmus Mundus Master's programme. Candidates who apply for an Erasmus Mundus Master Programme are considered for a scholarship nomination for this specific programme.
Category A scholarships can be awarded to applicants from non-EU member states that have not resided in an EU member state or in Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years (by 28 February 2013). Note that there is an exception for applicants from the EES member states Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, they are not eligible for a category A scholarship.
The category A scholarship includes:
Category B scholarships can be awarded to all applicants that are not eligible for a category A scholarship. This means applicants from EU-member states, applicants from Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, and applicants from non-EU member states that have lived in an EU or EES member state for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years (by 28 February 2013).
The category B scholarship includes:
Students fulfilling the eligibility criteria for both Category A and B e.g. students with a double nationality must select the Category of their choice. As a result, they are entitled to apply only to one of the two categories of scholarship at a time.
Student candidates for an EMMC scholarship
EMMC students holding an Erasmus Mundus scholarship must:
Category A scholarship holders can spend a learning/training/research/fieldwork period of a maximum of one trimester (i.e. 3 months or the equivalent of 15 ECTS) in these third countries, under the direct supervision of one of the consortium partners and only if this country is different from the student's country of origin; periods in excess of this duration or spent in the students country of origin may not be covered by the EMMC scholarship;
Category B scholarship holders can spend a minimum of one trimester or the equivalent of at least 15 ECTS and up to half of their masters course studies in these third countries, under the direct supervision of one of the consortium partners concerned; periods in excess of this duration may not be covered by the EMMC scholarship.
For both Category A and B scholarships, the minimum duration of 1 trimester (15 ECTS) should correspond to one consecutive stay in the third-country full/associated partner concerned.