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

You’ll find the entry requirements in the course description. After submitting your application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the course. Most academic credentials from Sweden are retrieved automatically. Wait a few days after submitting your application - if you still can’t see your academic credentials om My pages, please upload them.

If you have studied in another country, you must provide transcripts of your academic studies and of your English proficiency. Exactly what you need to submit and how, depends on several factors. You can read more on universityadmissions.se or antagning.se.

If the course requires work experience, you need to provide an employer’s certificate. You can download a template for employer’s certificate below.

No academic qualifications?

The course require that you have previous academies studies, but we validate work experience to assess if you have the knowledge that is equal to the eligibility requirements for the course.

If you don’t have the formal qualifications required, please send in a certificate of employment (current or previous) and a CV/Description of competence that describes your educational and professional background. Please include a short description of your work experience, not only the work title.

Use the CV/ Description of competence template below and fill in the information requested.

You can also use our template for Employers certificate if you like.

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If you have any questions regarding eligibility or application please send an e-mail to lifelonglearning@mdh.se


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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