Quantum Technology MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2019
Apply by:
1 August 2019 (International), 1 September 2019 (UK/EU)

Exploration of quantum phenomena has recently led to extraordinary applications of quantum entanglement. The degree of control exerted over these systems is reflected in the term ‘quantum technology’, describing both experimental and theoretical developments in this area.

This course is for you if you’re interested in the wonders of quantum physics and have a desire to exploit its full power.

We cover:

  • ion-trap quantum processors
  • ion-photon interfaces for the projected quantum internet
  • quantum simulators
  • superconducting quantum circuits
  • devices for quantum-enhanced metrology.

Why choose this course?

  • We are ranked in the top 15 in the UK for Physics (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • The Department is a founder member of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network of physics departments, which supports vital research, teaching and development in the South East.
  • Our research lies at the forefront of realizing next generation quantum technologies – from quantum information processing, through quantum sensors and clocks to creating the quantum internet
It’s an exciting time to be studying this unique course – you not only get to meet great scientists performing great physics, but you also participate in it.”Foni Raphaël Lebrun-Ricalens
Frontiers of Quantum Technology MSc

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class lower division or GPA 2.7/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 62%-80% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 2.8/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or 75%.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 2.5-3.0/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with at least 70% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 12/20 from a public university or 14/20 from a private university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.75/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.5/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.0/4.5 or 2.8/4.3 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 6/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 65%-75% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.5 -2.8/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.6 - 2.8/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

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Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, engineering- or mathematics-based subject and include a basic background in some of the key areas such as quantum mechanics, quantum electronics, quantum optics, photonics or other related modern physics fields. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Lower level (6.0 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

56 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

80 overall, including at least 19 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for international students

Yes. You should apply for this course as early as possible so that you have time to apply for ATAS clearance. Find out more about ATAS

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Application deadlines

1 August 2019 (International), 1 September 2019 (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. 

On the full-time course, you study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. You work on the project throughout the year. In the summer term, you focus on examinations and project work. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

On the part-time course, you take the core modules in the autumn and spring terms of your first year. After the examinations in the summer term, you begin work on your project. Project work continues during the second year when you also take options. For details about the part-time course, contact us at msc@physics.sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

Assessment is split equally between the project and modules.

Your project culminates in a dissertation (with a contribution from a research talk). The modules are assessed by problem sets, with either open-notes tests or unseen examinations.

You’ll attend research seminars and contribute to your group’s discussions of the latest journal papers.

MSc project

Your project is supervised by faculty. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in consultation with you, at the start of the autumn term. Often the projects form the basis of research papers that are later published in journals.

Modules

These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

 

Find out about studying quantum physics at the Sussex Centre of Quantum Technologies

Our experts

“We use photons to record what happens in the physical realm, but they speak an elusive language. They are affected by the way we measure them – this is the beauty of this world, not the issue.” Prof Marco PecciantiProfessor of Photonics and Convener of the Quantum Technology MSc
Prof Jacob Dunningham

Prof Jacob Dunningham

Professor of Physics

Research interests

Atomic and molecular physics, Bose-Einstein Condensation, Quantum dynamics, Quantum mechanics, Quantum Metrology, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

View Jacob Dunningham's profile

Prof Claudia Eberlein

Prof Claudia Eberlein

Visiting Professor

Research interests

Applied Quantum Field Theory, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atoms and Applications, Nanotechnology, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), Quantum Field Theory, Quantum optics, Theoretical Physics

View Claudia Eberlein's profile

Prof Barry Garraway

Prof Barry Garraway

Professor Of Quantum Physics

Research interests

Atom-light Interactions, Atomic and molecular physics, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Decoherence, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum optics, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

View Barry Garraway's profile

Prof Winfried Hensinger

Prof Winfried Hensinger

Professor of Quantum Technologies

Research interests

Ion Trapping, Quantum Computing, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Sensing, quantum simulation, Quantum Technologies

View Winfried Hensinger's profile

Dr Jose Verdu Galiana

Dr Jose Verdu Galiana

Reader

Research interests

Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Spectroscopy, Atoms and Ions, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR), FT Mass Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry, Quantum optics

View Jose Verdu Galiana's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 873254 
mps@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£10,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£10,250 per year
International students:
£20,750 per year

Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis - see details on our tuition fees page.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2018. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

This course may be attractive to you if you aim to:

  • go on to doctoral study (theory or experiment)
  • work in a high-technology company exploiting cutting-edge technologies related to our research (this could involve development of quantum information technology, high-precision measurements and quantum metrology, and photonics/optical communications)
  • work in business/data analysis, research, computer programming, software development, or teaching.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences graduates have gone on to roles including:

  • data engineer, QinetiQ
  • data scientist, Qbiz
  • laser systems engineer, Coherent.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 for postgraduates)

Project (MSc Quantum Technology)

  • 90 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1

You undertake a research project carried out under the supervision of a member of faculty or postdoctoral researcher.

Atom Light Interactions

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

The module deals with the interaction of atoms with electromagnetic radiation. Starting from the classical Lorentz model, the relevant physical processes are discussed systematically. This includes the interaction of classical radiation with two-level atoms and the full quantum model of atom light interactions. Applications such as light forces on atoms and lasers are explored.

Electrons, Cold Atoms & Quantum Circuits

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Topics covered include:

  • Basics of Penning trap technology. Motion and eigenfrequencies of a trapped particle.
  • Electrostatics and design of planar Penning traps. 
  • Electronic detection of a single trapped particle. 
  • The continuous Stern-Gerlach effect. Measurement of the Spin. 
  • Applications 1: Measurement of the electron's g-factor. Test of QED.
  • Applications 2: Measurement of the electron's mass. Mass spectrometry.
  • Trapping of neutral atoms with magnetic fields: Ioffe-Pritchard traps and the atom chip. 
  • Basics of Bose-Einstein condensation. 
  • Matter wave interferometry in atom chips: the adiabatic RF dressing technique.
  • Introduction to circuit-QED. Superconducting microwave resonators and artificial atoms.
  • Coherent quantum wiring of electrons, cold atoms and artificial atoms in a chip.

Experimental Quantum Technologies and Foundations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

The module will introduce you to the practical implementation of quantum technologies. Topics include:

  • general introduction to quantum computers
  • ion trap quantum computers
  • quantum computing with superconducting qubits
  • quantum computing with neutral atoms
  • linear optics quantum computing
  • other quantum computing implementations
  • hybrid quantum technologies
  • quantum simulators
  • quantum cryptography
  • quantum effects in macroscopic systems
  • quantum effects in biological systems
  • foundations of quantum physics
  • quantum physics and philosophy

Quantum Optics and Quantum Information

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

The module will introduce you to quantum optics and quantum information, covering:

  • Quantum systems and the qubit
  • Non-locality in quantum mechanics
  • Methods of quantum optics
  • The density matrix
  • The process of measurement
  • Introduction of irreversibility
  • Decoherence and quantum information
  • Quantum and classical communication
  • Measures of entanglement and distance between states
  • Logic operations and quantum algorithms
  • Requirements for quantum computers
  • Physical systems for quantum information processing.

Advanced Condensed State Physics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

This module covers the following topics:

  • Electronic Energy bands in Solids. Electrons in periodic potentials; Brillouin Zones; Bloch states. Nearly Free Electron (NFE) model. Tight-Binding Approximation (TBA) model. Band structure of selected metals, insulators and semiconductors. Optical Properties.
  • Electron Dynamics. Electrons and holes. Effective Mass. Mobilities. Magneto-transport.
  • Semiconductors. Classification; Energy Gaps. Donor and Acceptor doping. Equilibrium carrier statistics in intrinsic and doped materials. Temperature dependence of electrical and optical properties.
  • Semiconductor Devices. p-n junctions. Diodes, LEDs, Lasers, Transistors. Superlattices and 2DEG devices. 
  • Lattice Defects. Types of defects. Electronic and optical effects of defects in semiconductors and insulators.

Computational Chemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

The aim of the module is to provide a guide to the various levels of theory (with their associated acronyms) appearing in the rapidly expanding field of computational chemistry, with a particular emphasis on quantum chemical methods.

The module will start with the concept of a potential energy surface (stationary points, the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, etc), the types of computation normally performed, and the basic quantum mechanics of electrons and nuclei in molecules. The solution of the Schrodinger equation under different approximations will then be explored.

Data Analysis Techniques

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

This module introduces you to the mathematical and statistical techniques used to analyse data. The module is fairly rigorous, and is aimed at students who have, or anticipate having, research data to analyse in a thorough and unbiased way.

Topics include: probability distributions; error propagation; maximum likelihood method and linear least squares fitting; chi-squared testing; subjective probability and Bayes' theorem; monte Carlo techniques; and non-linear least squares fitting.

Fibre Optic Communications

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Topics covered in this module include:

  • analysis of slab wave-guide
  • analysis of step index fibre
  • dispersion in the step index fibre
  • mono-mode fibre
  • propagation of light rays in multi-mode graded index fibres
  • dispersion in graded index fibres
  • light sources and detectors
  • modulation of semiconductor light sources
  • transfer characteristic and impulse response of fibre communication systems
  • power launching and coupling efficiency
  • receiver principles and signal-to noise ratio in analogue receivers
  • receivers for digital optical fibre communication systems
  • system noise
  • system components and aspects of system design
  • coherent optical fibre communication
  • network systems.

Further Quantum Mechanics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

Topics covered include:

  • Review of 4-vector notation and Maxwell equations. 
  • Relativistic quantum mechanics: Klein-Gordon equation and antiparticles.
  • Time-dependent perturbation theory. Application to scattering processes and calculation of cross-sections. Feynman diagrams.
  • Spin-1/2 particles and the Dirac equation. Simple fermionic scatterings.

 

Introduction to Nano-materials and Nano-characterisation

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Learn the most important analytical techniques used in the nano-physics laboratory today and discuss some of their applications in Materials Physics and nanotechnology where designing devices and functionality at the molecular scale is now possible.

In this module, you cover:

  • the basic physical mechanisms of the interaction between solid matter and electromagnetic radiation, electrons and ions
  • the principles and usage of microprobes, electron spectroscopy techniques (AES and XPS), x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), light optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunneling microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and time-resolved optical spectroscopy.

The module includes a coursework component. This involve preparing and giving a presentation on a selected advanced topic related to recent breakthroughs in nanophysics.

Each group will carry out an extensive literature review on a given topic and subsequently prepare and present a 30-minute presentation on their findings.

In your presentation, you are expected to highlight the usefulness of advanced analytical techniques used by researchers in the given subject area.

Lasers and Photonics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

This module covers:

  • Light-matter interaction. 
  • Rate equations of lasers. 
  • Principles of Gaussian optics and optical cavities. 
  • Types of lasers and their applications.

Monte Carlo Simulations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

The module will cover topics including:

  • Introduction to R 
  • Pseudo-random number generation 
  • Generation of random variates 
  • Variance reduction 
  • Markov-chain Monte Carlo and its foundations 
  • How to analyse Monte Carlo simulations 
  • Application to physics: the Ising model 
  • Application to statistics: goodness-of-fit tests

Object Oriented Programming

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

You will be introduced to object-oriented programming, and in particular to understanding, writing, modifying, debugging and assessing the design quality of simple Java applications.

You do not need any previous programming experience to take this module, as it is suitable for absolute beginners.

Programming in C++

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

After a review of the basic concepts of the C++ language, you are introduced to object oriented programming in C++ and its application to scientific computing. This includes writing and using classes and templates, operator overloading, inheritance, exceptions and error handling. In addition, Eigen, a powerful library for linear algebra is introduced. The results of programs are displayed using the graphics interface dislin.

Quantum Field Theory 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

This module is an introduction into quantum field theory, covering:

  1. Action principle and Lagrangean formulation of mechanics
  2. Lagrangean formulation of field theory and relativistic invariance
  3. Symmetry, invariance and Noether's theorem
  4. Canonical quantization of the scalar field
  5. Canonical quantization of the electromagnetic field
  6. Canonical quantization of the Dirac spinor field
  7. Interactions, the S matrix, and perturbative expansions
  8. Feynman rules and radiative corrections.
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