Erasmus Mundus Programme - European Masters in Embedded Computing Systems Erasmus 2018

Publish Date: Sep 25, 2017

Deadline: Jan 31, 2018

Curriculum and degree

EMECS is a two-years master's program. A total of 120 ECTScredit points must be acquired. The curriculum consists of a core program, an elective program and a Master's Thesis. The core program covers the fundamentals of embedded computing systems and offers an equivalent education in all three institutions. The elective program reflects the specific profiles of the participating partner universities and their associated research institutes.  


Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Embedded Computing Systems (Joint Degree)

Core Program (45 ECTS)

The core program consists of three study areas:
  • Embedded System Hardware Architectures
  • System Software
  • System-on-Chip (SoC) Design Methodology
The three partner universities have agreed on the contents of these core study areas. All teaching modules of the core program are mandatory to all students and need to be finished within the first year of study at one of the partner universities. The core program guarantees that all students can achieve an equivalent educational level regarding the basic principles of embedded system design and architecture. After completion of the core program, no matter at which partner institution, students will be able to take full profit of the elective program and project activities offered throughout the consortium. 

Elective Program (45 ECTS)

The elective program consists of four study areas:
  • Advanced Topics in Embedded Systems
  • Communication & Signal Processing
  • Automation & Control
  • Microsys­tems
These areas are offered by all partner universities. Each partner university contributes a number of teaching modules to each elective study area. The teaching modules within an elective study area are varying between universities and reflect specific local strengths, special application areas, design methodologies and architectures of embedded systems.There are no mandatory teaching modules in the elective program. Every student is assigned a supervisor at each of the two partner universities that he or she attends. Based on the elective program an individual study plan is elaborated and mutually agreed on between the student and the supervisors. 

Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

The last part of the curriculum during the second year of study is dedicated to a Master’s thesis. The Master’s thesis is typically embedded into larger research projects conducted by the local research centres or together with industry. The topic of the Master's thesis is determined during the second year of studies.

Admission requirements

Required degree 

  • The applicant must hold at least a B.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or a related program. At the time of application preliminary transcripts are accepted. Final transcripts must be provided upon enrollment.
  • The grade average of the previous study should prove high qualification of the applicant. This will normally be the case for a grade average of ‘B’ or better in terms of the ECTS grading scale.

English language

  • Applicants need to prove that they have sufficient fluency in English. We normally ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each competency. This corresponds to a TOEFL result with a score of about 600 paper-based/250 computer-based/95 internet-based test. 
  • The proof of English proficiency is required even when the language of instruction for the previous education was English.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • Taking the GRE test is recommended but not mandatory. The GRE code number of the University of Kaiserslautern is 7143.

Motivation letter

  • The applicant must show that he/she is well motivated for the Embedded Computing Systems programme by writing a short letter of motivation of about one page.

Recomendation letters

  • The application must be supported by two letters of recommendation from university professors or employers.

Application process

  • Our online application platform opens on September 1st, 2017.
  • All applications must be submitted through our application platform by January 31st, 2018.
  • Selection results for all applicants will be announced by April/May 2018

Start of academic studies

Start of the EMECS program depends on the academic calendar of the chosen partner university, it's generally as follows: 
  • University of Kaiserslautern, Germany: Mid of August, 2018
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway: Beginning of August, 2018
  • University of Southampton, UK: End of September, 2018.

Application form

In order to apply for EMECS you need to create an account and fill your application in our online application platform. You can also apply for a scholarship on the same application platform. No separate scholarship application is needed.Along with the application form the following documents must be provided:
  • Personal details
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of nationality (copy of passport). Candidates with multiple nationalities should decide at application stage under which nationality they are applying
  • Copy of university degree(s) e.g. Bachelor/Master degree certificate (if available at the time of application, otherwise it needs to be presented upon enrollment)
  • Transcript of Records (stating which courses were taken and what grades were obtained at the time of application)
  • Translation of certificates and transcript of records (only if originals are not in English)
  • Motivation letter
  • Two recommendation letters from faculty staff or your employer (at least one should be from a faculty staff)
  • Proof of English Proficiency (e.g., IELTS) using a scanned copy of result sheet. The proof of English language proficiency is waived, however, for nationals of certain countries.
  • GRE results (scanned copy of result sheet). Recommended but not mandatory
The TOEFL code number of TU Kaiserslautern is 7967. The GRE code number of the TU Kaiserslautern is 7143.All documents are submitted electronically. However, the original documents and final certificates will be requested by the academic authorities before enrollment. 

Evaluation process

All applications will be assessed by the EMECS selection committee. The selection will be based on the student's profile and qualifications:
  • Academic records of previous studies
  • Scientific background
  • Ranking of academic institution where undergraduate studies were done
  • Motivation letter
  • Recommendation letters
  • English language
  • Acquired practical experience
  • Awards and grants

Important Notes:

1) All applications have to be done online through the EMECS application platform. The platform will open at September 1, 2017 and will be closed on January 31, 2018. Only complete online applications are eligible and can be assessed.2) Selection results for all applicants will be announced via email in April/May 2018.3) Selected applicants have to confirm their acceptance within one week after receipt of selection result by sending the signed Declaration of Acceptance. 4) Admission letters are sent by postal mail as soon as the declaration of acceptance arrives at the coordinating office.5) Visa application should be started as soon as you receive your admission letter.  Don’t forget that 2 to 3 months are usually necessary to obtain a visa for Europe.6) Applicants selected for EMECS, who only submitted preliminary certificates have to provide their final degree certificate upon enrollment.  7) Candidates selected for EMECS will have to bring all submitted and requested documents in original upon enrollment. 8) Scholarship holders will be asked to provide a proof of their current place of residence (e.g. residence certificate/certificate from candidates place of work, study or training) within one month after declaring their acceptance.

Scholarship information

EMECS is part of the Erasmus+ Program starting from the 2017/2018 student intake. Under Erasmus+ we can offer a limited number of EMJMD scholarships for top ranked applicants. During the application process you can state if you also want to apply for a scholarship along with your application for the EMECS Programme.

What does an EMECS - EMJMD scholarship cover?

The EMJMD student scholarship for the EMECS programme includes:

  • A tuition waiver: this covers the costs for programme tuition, enrollment and health insurance
  • A monthly living allowance amounting to 1,000 EUR for the entire duration of the EMECS programme (24 months): this allowance is dedicated to covering your living costs while studying in EMECS
  • A contribution to travel and installation costs: this is meant to support your travel and settling at an EMECS location (e.g., flight airfare and visa fees)
    • 1,000 EUR per year: payable to scholarship holders with residence in Erasmus+ programme countries
    • 2,000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1000 € for installation costs: payable to scholarship holders with residence in a partner country which is located in a distance of less than 4,000 km from the EMECS Coordination Office (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)
    • 3,000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1000 € for installation costs: payable to scholarship holders with residence in a partner country which is located in a distance of 4,000 km or more from the EMECS Coordination Office (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)

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Programme Guide

The Programme Guide contains all general information including the conditions on how to apply for funding. In addition, regular Calls for Proposals are published for the specific actions.

The Programme Guide applies for the entire duration of the programme and aims to assist all those interested in implementing joint cooperation activities or receiving individual scholarships within the Erasmus Mundus programme. It describes the types of activities that can be supported and the conditions under which this support can be granted.

Regular Calls for Proposals are published to specify the activities, the application criteria and the budgetary allocations relevant to the call concerned. Applicants should read the Programme Guide in conjunction with the specific Call for Proposals to which they intend to apply.

How to apply?

The Programme Guide provides all the necessary information on the application conditions and criteria corresponding to each of the 3 Programme Actions. Regular Calls for Proposals are published to specify the activities, the application criteria and the budgetary allocations relevant to the call concerned.

Institutions organised into consortia/partnerships

Higher education institutions and organisations active in the field of higher education have to apply centrally to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in accordance with the application conditions and timetable defined in the Programme Guide and the relevant Call for Proposals.

There must be one co-ordinating/applicant institution that submits the application on behalf of the consortium/partnership/network of participating organisations
Applicants must be located in an eligible applicant country as defined in the Programme Guide.

Consortia/partnerships selected under Actions 1 and 2 receive lump-sum amounts for the implementation of their activities and a number of scholarships to award to the best applicants. Proposals selected under Action 3 are co-funded up to a maximum of 75% of their costs.

Scholarships and fellowships

Students, doctoral candidates, teachers, researchers and other academic staff should address their applications directly to the selected Erasmus Mundus masters and doctoral programmes (Action 1) and to the selected Erasmus Mundus partnerships (Action 2), in accordance with the application conditions defined by the selected consortium/partnership

Scholarship amounts can vary according to the level of studies/teaching/research, their duration (3 months to 3 years) and the grantee's nationality (scholarships for non-EU individuals are higher than for EU individuals).

Action 1 - Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMC) - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJD) Programmes offered by consortia of higher education institutions with study/research periods in at least two European countries. PLUS Scholarships for students and doctoral candidates to attend these programmes. Who can apply?  Students and doctoral candidates from all over the world.

Action 1: Joint Programmes including scholarships

This Action will foster cooperation between higher education institutions and academic staff in Europe and Third Countries with a view to creating poles of excellence and providing highly trained human resources.

Joint programmes of outstanding academic quality are designed and implemented by a consortium of European universities from at least 3 different countries. Consortia may also include universities from other parts of the world. Scholarships / fellowships are open to higher education students and academics from all over the world. Programmes include obligatory study and research periods, in at least two universities, and award recognised double, multiple or joint degrees.

Action 1 provides:

  • Support for high-quality joint programmes – Erasmus Mundus Masters courses (Action 1 A) and Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates(Action 1 B) – offered by a consortium of European, and possibly third-country, higher education institutions. Other types of organisations concerned by the content and outcomes of the joint programme can participate in the consortium.
  • Scholarships/fellowships for third-country and European students/doctoral candidates to follow these Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses and Joint Doctorates.
  • Short-term scholarships for third-country and European academics to carry out research or teaching assignments as part of the Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses.

Action 2: Partnerships with Third Country Higher Education Institutions and scholarships for mobility

Partnerships in the framework of Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 are the basis for enhancing academic cooperation and exchanges of students and academics, contributing to the socio-economic development of non-EU countries targeted by EU external cooperation policy. Consortia must include a minimum of 5 Higher Education Institutions from at least 3 European countries and a number of Higher Education Institutions from targeted non European regions. Special attention is given to disadvantaged groups and populations in vulnerable situations.

Action 2 provides:

  1. Support for the establishment of cooperation partnerships between European Higher Education Institutions and Higher Education Institutions from targeted Third Countries with the objective of organising and implementing structured individual mobility arrangements between the European and Third Country partners.
  2. Scholarships of various lengths - depending on the priorities defined for the Third Country concerned, the level of studies or the particular arrangements agreed within the partnership - for European and Third-Country individuals (students, scholars, researchers, professionals).

Action 3: Promotion of European higher education

Action 3 promotes European higher education through measures enhancing the attractiveness of Europe as an educational destination and a centre of excellence at world level.
Action 3 projects should contribute to:

  1. the promotion and awareness raising of the European higher education sector as well as the relevant cooperation programmes and funding schemes;
  2. the dissemination of the programme's results and examples of good practice;
  3. the exploitation of these results at institutional and individual level.

This Action provides support to activities related to the international dimension of all aspects of higher education, such as promotion, accessibility, quality assurance, credit recognition, mutual recognition of qualifications, curriculum development and mobility.

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