UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute


CDT success guarantees future training in Quantum Technologies at UCL

4 February 2019

50 postgraduates over 5 cohorts will be trained in quantum technologies under the new doctoral programmes offered by UCL.


The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in delivering Quantum Technologies (QT), launched in 2014, celebrates today its successful bid for a renewed Centre with at least 50 further students over five cohorts. This Centre is one of over 75 CDTs announced today, as part of an overall investment of £446 million, including six further centres hosted at UCL

The Centre is supported by a substantial investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UCL and a network of over 20 partners, including Toshiba, NPL and Google. The research themes of the CDT are Quantum Communication, Quantum Sensing and Metrology, and Quantum Computing and Simulation. For each theme training and research will be delivered together with partners from industry and national laboratories, creating an environment where the students can learn about end-user needs and industrial priorities as well as research supervision from academic researchers at the leading edge of quantum technologies research.

This renewed funding allows the Centre to carry on bringing together students, academics and industrialists from across physics, computer science and engineering disciplines to train a new generation of world-class high-performing disciplinary specialists equipped with the common language and mutual understanding needed to deliver technologies and bridge the gap to end users, ready to cement the UK’s leading position as the Quantum Technologies industry develops.

Sofia Qvarfort and Cameron Deans are both CDT students trained through the first phase of the program. Sofia said: “The CDT structure allows students to interact with a number of expert researchers during the MRes phase, meaning that they can explore a number of potential research topics early on. The cohort structure also lets students become embedded in a strong academic community and provides opportunities for future collaborations” and Cameron added: “This approach, within a cohort of students, is an excellent way to study a PhD.” 

This new phase is a four-year programme will equip the students with the skills they need for productive and innovative research and to make maximum impact both during and after their PhD. Broad and rigorous technical training, expert-led transferable skills training, and research project planning, will help the students to develop their collaborations and industrial experience via research and training placements. 

Professor Dan Browne, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in delivering Quantum Technologies said: “The renewal of our CDT awards reflects the excellent research training program at UCL and depth of our collaboration with academic and industrial partners. With these awards, we will continue to train the new generation of research leaders in quantum technologies. ”

Applications are now open until 1st March 2019. To apply follow this link: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/quantum/study-here/cdt-delivering-quantum-technologies