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.
ion-trap quantum processors
ion-photon interfaces for the projected quantum internet
superconducting quantum circuits
devices for quantum-enhanced metrology.
How will I study?
You’ll study in a Physics department ranked amongst the top 15 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018) where researchers are leading the way on the development of the world’s first quantum computer. We’re also a founder member of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network which supports vital research, teaching and development.
The course is split between taught modules and your individual project and you can choose to study full time or part time.
The taught part of the course comprises core modules plus a choice of options, allowing you to tailor the course towards your own particular interests. You’ll also attend research seminars and contribute to your group’s discussions of the latest journal papers.
Your project can take the form of a placement in industry, but is usually supervised by our 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.
Assessment is split equally between the project and modules. Modules are assessed with either open-notes tests or unseen examinations. Your project culminates in a dissertation (with a contribution from a research talk).
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