Quantum Technologies MRes + PhD

London, Bloomsbury

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) offers a 1+3 year programme in both theory and experiment.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£25,730
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 13 Jun 2022

Applications closed

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

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.

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

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.

If you are intending to apply for a time-limited visa to complete your UCL studies (e.g., Student visa, Skilled worker visa, PBS dependant visa etc.) you may be required to obtain ATAS clearance. This will be confirmed to you if you obtain an offer of a place.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

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 and computer scientists 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. The programme leads to a PhD in the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Chemistry. The opportunity will also be offered for students to base their PhD studies in leading research groups in the growing quantum technologies commercial sector in the UK.

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 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.

  • The Foundation Stage - this lasts two weeks
  • The Taught Stage - consisting of three 9-week cycles, focused on the fundamentals of quantum technologies, including quantum information and computation, quantum electronic, atomic and optical devices, quantum communication and quantum metrology.
  • The Project Stage - consists of two parts: a 5-week Group Project followed by a 15-week Individual Research Project. The longer Individual Project provides an opportunity to become embedded in one of the CDT research groups, and a chance to try out potential research areas you may be interested in for your PhD project.

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.

The Research Stage

Your initial admission to the Doctoral Programme is to study for the MRes degree. To progress to the Research Stage you need to do three things:

  1. Pass the MRes degree, obtaining an overall mark above 50%
  2. Meet a threshold of 60% in the original research project components for progression to the PhD
  3. Prepare and present to our Research Committee a research project proposal, in collaboration with your chosen supervisor(s), and convince the committee that your project is original and viable.

Once you enter the Research Stage you will be registered as a research student in the department and research group of your chosen supervisor. Initially you will be registered for an MPhil degree; after successful completion of a transfer report you will be registered for the PhD. Students successfully transferring to PhD status will be funded by the CDT for a further three years, and will be expected to write up and defend a PhD thesis at or shortly after the three -year point (i.e. four years from admission to the MRes).

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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.

Employability

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.

Networking

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.

Networking

Teaching and learning

Research areas and structure

  • Atomic and Molecular Systems
  • Electronic Quantum Circuits
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Cryptography
  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Spin Qubits

The first year of your course 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. It will include your basic induction into UCL and its systems, some introductory lectures to set the research context for the course, and tutorials to cover areas where you told us in your questionnaire responses you might want some additional support. Nothing in the Foundation Stage is assessed towards your degree.
  • The Taught Stage, consisting of lectures, tutorials and seminars focused on the fundamentals of quantum technologies, including quantum information and computation, quantum electronic, atomic and optical devices, quantum communication and quantum metrology . There will be (assessed) coursework problems set on the material from each strand. This is supported by three or four weeks of laboratory work, plus three research case studies which you will prepare based on an open problem relevant to one or more of the topic strands you have just studied. The case studies will be assessed by a written report and a seminar presentation; there will also be two written examinations.
  • In addition each student takes one optional course in either Advanced Quantum Devices (which is a laboratory-based course) or Advanced Theory of Quantum Technologies (which is a lecture-based course). Both of these courses last four weeks.
  • The Project Stage consists of two parts: a four-week Group Project followed by a 15-week Individual Research Project. For the Group Project you will be assigned to a group of 3- 4 students and given a task to complete closely related to work in the CDT research groups and their partners; for the Individual Project you will select a topic from a list presented by CDT supervisors. The longer Individual Project provides an opportunity to become embedded in one of the CDT research groups, and a chance to try out potential research areas you may be interested in for your PhD 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.

The Research Stage

Your initial admission to the Doctoral Programme is to study for the MRes degree. To move on into the Research Stage you need to do three things:

  1. Pass the MRes degree, obtaining an overall mark above 50%
  2. Meet the college threshold of 60% in the original research project components for progression to the PhD
  3. Prepare and present to our Research Committee a research project proposal, in collaboration with your chosen supervisor(s), and convince the committee that your project is original and viable.

Once you enter the Research Stage you will be registered as a research student in the department of your chosen supervisor. Initially you will be registered for an MPhil degree; after successful completion of a transfer report you will be registered for the PhD. Students successfully transferring to PhD status will be funded by the CDT for a further three years, and will be expected to write up and defend a PhD thesis at or shortly after the three -year point (i.e. four years from admission to the MRes).

During the Research Stage you will be based in the research group of your chosen supervisor, though you will still be expected to participate in CDT cohort activities, meetings etc.

Key decision points

Since it is designed to provide a broad foundation for your future research, much of the MRes consists of compulsory courses. The key decision points in your first year will be:

  • Your choice of optional advanced course  – either the advanced experimental course or the advanced theory course. We ask you to make an initial selection of this at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Your choice of research case study for each of the cycles in the taught stage.
  • Your choice of MRes individual research project. You will make this decision in May, in time to start your project at the end of that month.
  • Finally, and most importantly, your choice of MPhil/PhD research project. You will need to prepare a project proposal and present it to a Research Committee in July.

Industrial Track studentships

An Industrial Track studentship is a studentship co-funded by an external partner. Industrial Track students commit to a specific MRes and PhD project area upon admission to the programme. Industrial Track students benefit from joint supervision from an external and UCL supervisor, and receive a stipend enhancement. Any changes to the agreed project areas during the studentship must be agreed by the external supervisor.

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.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690
Tuition fees (2022/23) £25,730

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There are no programme-specific costs.

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

Funding your studies

The doctoral programme offers around 12 fully funded studentships each year for UK and EU fee-status students and a small number of overseas fee-status students.

Industrial Track studentships An Industrial Track studentship is a studentship co-funded by an external partner. Industrial Track students commit to a specific MRes and PhD project area upon admission to the programme. Industrial Track students benefit from joint supervision from an external and UCL supervisor, and receive a stipend enhancement. Any changes to the agreed project areas during the studentship must be agreed by the external supervisor.

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

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Value: Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (ROS)

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

Next steps

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

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