Design of dependable and fault-tolerant embedded systems

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The aim of this course is to provide participants with the fundamental principles of dependability and fault tolerance, as well as with the main practical methods and strategies for design of fault-tolerant embedded systems.

About this course

Course modules:

  • Basic dependability concepts and terminology.
  • Fault tolerance fundamentals and principles
  • Strategies for design of fault-tolerant systems
  • Techniques to tolerate software faults
  • Study of the architecture of an existing fault-tolerant embedded system

Learning outcomes

The student should after course completion be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of dependability and fault tolerance
  • Have knowledge and experience in applying different paradigms for design of fault-tolerant systems
  • Develop fault-tolerant software according to current methodologies
  • Have knowledge about existing fault-tolerant architectures

Related industrial challenges addressed in the course

  • Improve design quality in terms of dependability attributes (reliability, availability, etc.)
  • Develop a systematic approach to fault tolerance, which should replace ad-hoc solutions that lead to long development and verification cycles, software refactoring and overdimensioning of resources.
  • Learn and understand available design alternatives for fault tolerance as well as more advanced evaluation techniques.
  • Create a common understanding of dependability terminology​

Entry requirements

  • 100 credits, of which 70 credits in engineering or informatics, including at least 30 credits in programming or software development.
  • In addition, English A/English 6 is required.

You can also apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc.

Course title in Swedish

Design av pålitliga och feltoleranta inbyggda system




Course syllabus

You can read in detail about the course, it's content and literature and so on in the course syllabus

See course syllabus

The course is planned to start in the autumn semester 2020.

Application information

After submitting your electronic application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the course you have applied for. In order to document your eligibility, you must provide your high school diploma and university transcript and proof of your English language proficiency.

Entry requirements

To meet the entry requirements for this course you need to have previous academic qualifications (university studies). You will find the specific entry requirements above.

No academic qualifications?

If you do not have the formal academic qualifications needed for a specific course, you can apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc. This is also known as a validation of prior learning.

Recognition of prior learning means the mapping out and assessment of an individual's competence and qualifications, regardless how, where or when they were acquired – in the formal education system or in some other way in Sweden or abroad, just recently or a long time ago.

If you think your knowledge and competences will qualify you for this course, you will need to upload th following with your application:

  • CV with description of your educational and professional background. Your CV must describe your knowledge and competences in relation to the entry requirements.
  • If you refer to work experience, you need to upload an Employers certificate.

If we need more information, we will contact you.


The courses are part of the Prompt project where MDH offers courses at master's level. The courses are given online without physical meetings and are flexible in time and space so that they can be combined with professional life.

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