This module is offered in 2020-21.


This module is available only to students on the 2nd year of the Erasmus Mundus MSc in Advanced Systems Dependability (DEPEND) programme. It provides an opportunity for in-depth individual study, directed by an individual supervisor, of topics directly relevant to the student’s followed stream at St Andrews.

This module is designed to enhance the range of training provided for DEPEND students during the final semester of the two-year master programme. In addition to the broad range of modules available from the existing MSc portfolio, this module will allow students to focus in depth on a particular topic aligned with their planned stream at St Andrews. This module corresponds to a research or industrial placement which lasts for around 6 months and will give the student the opportunity to join a research group or spend the time at the site of the industrial contact. At the discretion of the programme coordinator and a selected individual supervisor, the module might involve study of advanced theoretical concepts, design and setting up of experiments, analysis of measurements, etc. For research placements, the student will join a research group and work on research projects collaboratively within the group. For industrial placements, there is no guarantee that a placement will be available and/or offered, as a separate interview process done in industry is usually required.

Entry to the module is limited to 2nd year DEPEND students, and will require consent of the programme coordinator, who will verify that the proposed topic of study is appropriate for the student’s training needs. A programme of individually supervised study and assessment will be agreed collaboratively by the student, research supervisor or industrial sponsor, and the programme coordinator during the first semester of their year at St Andrews.

The module enhances the ability of students to tailor their training component to fit the particular needs of their chosen area of research, or gain industrial work experience in the specific environment of the industrial sponsor.

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Last Published: 19 Oct 2020.