Master in Complex Systems Engineering (ISC)

In this Master program, the discipline “Pervasive Computing & COMmunications for sustainable development” (PERCCOM) is an Erasmus mundus Master program which consists of courses displayed in English and opened to international students.

The specific objectives of PERCCOM Master include
  • 1. To address educational challenges and attract students according to the new market demand expressed by OECD in the reports on “OECD Information Technology Outlook 2010” and “The 2011 Gartner Scenario : Current States and Future Directions of the IT Industry”, by the European Commission adopted in 2009 a recommendation saying the ICT sector should lead the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy, and by companies developing new green ICT projects (Cf 2009 Gartner report: The Impact of Recession on Green IT : Survey Results).
  • 2. To synergise the strengths, competence and diverse aspects of education in sustainable networks, software and services, pervasive computing systems and communications and develop a common platform of competence within the guidelines of the Bologna process,
  • 3. To provide future Masters students with competences, skills and knowledge in computer communications, wireless networking, mobile technologies, software engineering, pervasive and distributed systems, and to make them aware of the impact that ICT makes on the environment and efficient use of resources.
  • 4. To educate students in the direction of the “green digital charter” committing the European Cities to reduce emissions through Information and Communications Technologies . It was launched on 27 November 2009 at the EUROCITIES annual conference. Currently, about 20 European Cities have signed the charter. Today 50% of the population is living in cities and in a decade or two it is estimated to grow to 80%. This requires efficient use of resources in city environments and a vital component in this development is ICT. Students will be educated in how to apply ICT in this context, within the parameters of environmental opportunities and constraints. Moreover, the students will be capable to design network architectures and distributed systems that reduce energy consumption, in following circular economy approach for optimizing the resource reuse.
  • 5. To propose the new International Master degree with no currently available match at international level filling the gap between ICT skills and environmental considerations.


List of partners :

Program organization

The Master Program covers four semesters. The students move as a single cohort. They start their first semester at University of Lorraine (France). The second semester, the cohort is at Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland), and the third one at Luleå University of Technology (Sweden). The last semester is dedicated to a thesis component and can be undertaken during the training period either in a private company or in one of the laboratories/departments of the different Universities involved in the Master Program. The associated partners give lectures in seminars. One seminar is located at St Petersburg University of IT Mechanics and Optics (Russia).The consortium will form support network to enable efficient interactions between students, and partners. Regular events will be held to advance the program objectives.

Language policy
  • English language is used as the main language of instruction as a language of choice for computer science and computer engineering students. The admission procedure guarantees that the students are able to understand courses given in English. However, local languages is used wherever appropriate, especially for cultural orientation.
  • Courses on Local culture and languages are planned at each semester and are mandatory. Then the students learn at least three languages : French, Finnish and Swedish. These courses deliver ECTS. The objective of these courses is to facilitate the integration of EM Students in the different European Countries.

Job opportunities
  • According to the 2011 January issue of the European Job Mobility Bulletin, based on the vacancies published on the EURES portal, good job opportunities are available for Computing professionals. And according to the 2012 January edition of the European Vacancy Monitor, high skill levels remain important for employment opportunities. As mentioned above, this report indicates the number of job-finders in ICT domain reached 332000 in mid 2011. The objective of PERCCOM is to respond to the shortage of ICT skills and also to support the Europe 2020 Strategy "An Agenda for new skills and jobs" in anticipating the new demand of market.
  • Executive position in companies :
    The targeted jobs are ICT professionals and engineers in ICT companies (Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Microsoft, Orange,…) or in companies having their own ICT staff. The main economic sectors concerned are transportation, logistics, energy delivery networks, construction and manufacturing industry. Thanks to their broad scope and European view these students are well prepared to manage a department in companies, as :
    • ICT manager. Their training in teamwork enables these students to become project leader of a multinational and multicultural project team.
    • R&D-department, working as a project leader on applied research.
  • Other positions :
    The broad view on ICT, the capability in making judgements, integrating environment, cultural, social, ethical insights make them very well suited for the following functions :
    • Consultancy in a wide spectrum of functions in the domain of green ICT architect.
    • Government/public for industry, for environment, for urban/territorial planning/management.
  • By completing the specialisation and Master’s project a student is trained to perform a research project and critically reflect on his/her work. So a student is well prepared to function as :
    • PhD-student at a university, performing research like studying Network protocols, distributed systems Software development, computer design in respect to the environment constraints.
    • PhD-student at a large industry R&D-department, performing applied research, like design of smart systems for supervising, controlling energy, environment, etc.

Application Requirements

Admission requirements
The Course will be open for all applicants around the world. The eligibility requirements have been recognized by all Consortium universities and are the following:

  • Degree :
    • The Masters Course is open to European and non European excellent students having acquired a BSc in mathematics, physics, computer sciences, automatic control and related fields.
    • Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 ECTS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Automatic/ Electrical/ Electronics Engineering or Information Technology or a closely related area.
    • Knowledge of computer networking, programming and operating systems is recommended.
    • 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. A TOEFL test with at least a score of 600 paper-based/250 computer-based/95 internet-based or an Academic IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall and with 6 in writing or TOEIC score of at least 750 is required.
    • The Institutional TOEFL-code number of University of Lorraine is: 3368.
    • The proof of English proficiency is required even when the language of instruction for the previous education was English. However, for nationals of countries listed under this link the proof of language proficiency is waived.
  • Interview :
  • All pre-selected candidates will be invited to an interview by videoconference.

List of Required Documents
Along with the application form the following documents must be provided:

  • 1. Gender / Name/ Email / Birth date / Postal address / Phone
  • 2. Citizenship and country of residence.
  • 3. Scanned image of your passport showing your picture (PDF).
  • 4. Financing (scholarship, self financing,…)
  • 5. CV-Resume
  • 6. University degrees (held or currently studying) and universities where those degrees were obtained.
  • 7. Academic certificates, University degree certificate/diploma in case you have finished your degree and if you are still pursuing it you should submit academic certificates corresponding to the courses you have finished and currently are undertaking. All university transcripts must be in English.
  • 8. Description of the contents of the courses taken to obtain the degree of the previous point. It is of utmost importance to state any subject, experience or work related to IT areas of knowledge.
  • 9. Two recommendation letters
  • 10. Employment information
  • 11. Proof of proficiency in English. TOEFL, IELTS and TOIEC certificates are preferred.
  • 12. Motivation letter, in which the applicant explains in English the reasons to study PERCCOM and how they relate to his/her career goals.
  • 13. Information on multiple EM applications (if any)

NOTICE : Countries exempt from English language testing

If you are a national of one of the following countries, and your first language is not English but you have been taught and assessed in English, we will not ask you to provide evidence of an English language test.

Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Heard Island, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, McDonald Island, New Zealand, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Islands, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitt, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United States of America, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application Platform

Selection procedure

The coordinating institution checks all documents uploaded and if the qualification of each candidate corresponds to the admission requirements. Complete applications are evaluated by two academic partners of the consortium, grading each criterion for each application from 0 to 5 (5 Excellent, 4 Very good, 3 Good, 2 Satisfactory, 1 Sufficient, 0 Insufficient). The criteria are the following :

  • Academic record (45%)
  • English language proficiency (25%)
  • Supporting documentation (15%)
  • Track record (awards, scholarships, research,…) (15%)​

A pre-selection list is set during the Joint Selection Committee (January 22-23, 2016).

All Candidates in the pre-selection list are invited to an interview by video conference (10′ for presentation, 10′ for questions). The interview accounts for half in the final decision.

After interviews, the Joint Selection Committee defines the main list and the reserve list.

The main list and the reserve list are then sent to EU for approval.

Final results of successful and unsuccessful candidates can only be released in May 2016.

The selection result is sent to candidates by Email.

APPEAL instructions for applicants who have not been selected :

If you wish to challenge this decision, you can appeal within two months from the receipt of the decision notice, bringing new elements to your application. The Appeal Form can be downloaded from from this link : Appeal-Form and must be sent to the Consortium at the following address : Any appeal will be considered with particular attention.

Student Scholarship

The Erasmus+ programme proposes two kinds of scholarships : the programme country scholarships and the partner country scholarships.
The rules to determine the category are the following :

  • Programme country scholarship (Category B in the application) :
    Students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries count as Programme Country students. The Programme countries correspond to member countries of the European Union and the following countries: former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey.
    Students who have resided or carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months over the past five years (counted backward starting from the end of submission deadline (10th January 2016) of applying for an EMMC student scholarship.
  • Partner country scholarship (Category A in the application)
    Students of Partner Countries are all other students.
  • Remarks :
    Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.
    Students applying for a Erasmus Mundus scholarship for a specific academic intake are not allowed to submit a scholarship application to more than three Erasmus Mundus consortia.
    Students who have already obtained an Erasmus Mundus scholarship are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship.
    • Scholarship holders from Programme Countries :
      Contribution to travel costs : 1000 € per year
      Full coverage of the EM PERCCOM participation costs : 4000 € per year (including Universities fees, Full Insurance coverage)
      Contribution to subsistence costs(*) : 1000 € per month for the entie duration of PERCCOM program (= 24 months)
    • Scholarship holders from Partner Countries :
      Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs :
      2000 € per year if student’s location is less than 4000 km away from Nancy (France), the coordinating institution.
      3000 € per year if student’s location is more than 4000 km away from Nancy (France), the coordinating institution.
      ​The distance will be calculated in using the distance calculator provided by the EACEA.
    • Installation costs : 1000 €
      Full coverage of the EM PERCCOM participation costs : 8000 € per year (including Universities fees, Full Insurance coverage)
      Contribution to subsistence costs(*) : 1000 € per month for the entire duration of PERCCOM program (= 24 months)
      (*) Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for the periods of PERCCOM program (study, placement, thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence.

Scholars Scholarship

With the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, PERCCOM is currently able to offer scholarships for academic scholars.

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