UCL Graduate degrees


Quantum Technologies MRes + PhD

Quantum technologies involve the control and manipulation of quantum states to achieve results not possible with classical matter; they promise a transformation of measurement, communication and computation. The Quantum Technologies MRes + PhD (incorporating the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies – www.uclq.org/centre-for-doctoral-training ) offers a 1+3 year programme in both theory and experiment.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 4 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 26 February 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,720 (FT)
£26,680 (FT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK integrated Master’s (MSci or MPhys) degree in a relevant discipline, or an undergraduate degree followed by an MSc in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. An upper second- or first-class UK Bachelor’s or equivalent may be considered in special circumstances.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Our programme covers a broad range of research themes from engineering-focused development of technological products to foundational research. We offer an entry stream for engineers with little or no prior experience in quantum mechanics, as well as students with a physics background, as part of the MRes. The aim of the MRes is to provide a common skills background, as well as allowing students to specialise their interests via their MRes research project, leading to the selection of their PhD topic.

PhD supervision will be offered by supervisors across four departments at UCL with world-leading research profiles in quantum technologies, and the opportunity will also be offered for students to base their PhD studies in leading research groups outside UCL who take part in the UK’s national programme in Quantum Technologies.

Research areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Systems
  • Electronic Quantum Circuits
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Cryptography
  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Spin Qubits
More information can be found on the department website: Quantum Technologies MRes + PhD

About this degree

The MRes consists of eight modules, with the following weights:

  • PHAS0087 - Physics and Foundations of Quantum Technologies (UCL credit 15 / ECTS 6).
  • PHAS0088 - Engineering Materials and Devices for Quantum Technologies (UCL credit 15 / ECTS 6.
  • PHAS0089 - Quantum Communication, Computation for Quantum Technologies (UCL credit 15 / ECTS 6).
  • PHAS0090 - Research Case Studies for Quantum Technologies (UCL credit 15 / ECTS 6).
  • PHAS0091 - Transferable Skills in Research Case Studies for Quantum Technologies (UCL credit 15 /- ECTS 6).
  • PHAS0092 - Transferable Skills for Quantum Technologies (UCL credit 15 / ECTS 6).
  • PHAS0093 - Quantum Technologies Group Project (UCL credit 30 / ECTS 12).
  • PHAS0095 - MRes Research Project (UCL credit 60 / ECTS 24).

PHAS0093 - Quantum Technologies Group Project

Summary syllabus - A 6-week research project targeting application of transferable skills learned in PHAS0091 and PHAS0092 (especially project planning skills, literature skills, teamwork skills) in the context of a team approach to a genuine research problem. Groups will typically contain 4-5 students, chosen to have a mixture of skills and interests.
Indicative time budget. 280 hours project work and 20 hours report writing, spread over 6 weeks.

Assessment: The assessment is based on the joint group report (50%), an assessment of the student’s contribution to the project by the peer group and supervising staff (25%), and the student’s contribution to the presentation of the work and dealing with questions (25%). Credit value - 30 UCL credits, or 12 ECTS.

PHAS0095 MRes Research Project

Summary syllabus
An 11-week individual research project (experimental or theoretical) with immersion in one of the CDT’s participating research groups.
Indicative time budget

550 hours project work and 50 hours report writing, spread over 11 weeks.

The assessment is based on the project plan and literature survey (20%), the main project dissertation (50%), and the student’s oral presentation of the work in a seminar and dealing with questions (30%).

Credit value
60 UCL credits, or 24 ECTS.

The MRes
The first year of your programme will be spent taking the new MRes (Master of Research) degree in Quantum Technologies. This in turn will have several stages.

Foundation Stage - This lasts two weeks

The Taught Stage - consisting of three 9-week cycles

The Project Stage -  consists of two parts: a 5-week Group Project followed by an 11-week Individual Research Project.

The projects will be assessed by written reports and presentations.

Since the MRes is classed as a research degree you will be assigned a nominal research supervisor during the MRes. Once you move into the Research Stage of the Doctoral Programme, this person will be replaced by your actual MPhil/PhD supervisor. During the MRes you will be based with the rest of your cohort in the shared CDT office.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


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The doctoral programme offers around 14 fully funded studentships each year for UK and EU fee-status students and a small number of overseas fee-status students.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
Based on academic merit

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

UK rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


The field of quantum technologies has seen significant government and industrial investment in recent years. We expect most graduates of this programme to enter research in both academic and industrial environments, but the diverse skills offered by the programme will equip you for a wide range of career paths.


Quantum technologies are a rapidly growing area of research in both academic, and increasingly, industrial environments. There is a need for highly-skilled researchers to lead this developing field, with a rare and diverse range of skills and expertise. Graduates of this doctoral programme will be highly employable both in academic research and as leaders of these new industrial areas.


The programme provides a supportive network of colleagues to help you through the start of your research career. All doctoral programme students receive funding to attend international schools, conferences and industrial site visits throughout the programme providing excellent networking opportunities to develop their careers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Department: Physics & Astronomy

What our students and staff say

Staff review

"I explore the properties of electrons in semiconductor nanostructures and how these properties depend on the nature of the confinement. We have found new types of physical behaviour, which is very exciting and it is hoped that the work will be of importance in future quantum technologies. "

Sir Michael Pepper

The new CDT's in Quantum Technology and Materials
Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
26 February 2021

Students apply for the Quantum Technologies MRes in the first instance.

For more information see our Applications page.

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