University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Frontiers of Quantum Technology

The exploration of quantum phenomena at the scale of single atoms and photons has recently led to extraordinary applications of quantum entanglement such as quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography, and quantum computing. 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 have an interest in the wonders of quantum physics, and a desire to exploit its full power. At Sussex, we cover a wide range of research at the frontiers of quantum technology: Ion-trap quantum processors; ion-photon interfaces for the projected quantum internet; quantum simulators; superconducting quantum circuits; devices for quantum-enhanced metrology. The long-term applications include improved sensors, powerful quantum simulations and the long-distance distribution of quantum information. This course can be taken in an experimental or theoretical mode and has a strong research component embedded in one of our renowned research groups. On this course, you develop unique experimental or theoretical techniques, enabling you to pursue further studies or a career in industry.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in a physics- or mathematics-based degree. Degrees in other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Over the year, your time is split equally between taught modules and a research project. The research project can be either experimental or theoretical. It can take the form of a placement in industry, but usually projects are supervised by our faculty in the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics research group. The choice of research project is decided, in consultation with you, soon after you arrive in the autumn term. In many cases, the projects form the basis of research papers that are later published in scientific journals. Autumn term: Atom-light interactions; quantum optics and quantum information. You also work on your research project. Spring term: Electrons, cold atoms and quantum circuits; experimental quantum technologies and foundations. in addition, you choose two options from advanced condensed state physics; computational chemistry; data analysis techniques; fibre-optic communications; further quantum mechanics; lasers; Monte-Carlo simulations; object-oriented programming; programming in C++; quantum field theory I; RF circuit design. You also work on your research project. Summer term: Examinations and research project. Part time: In Year 1, you take the autumn- and spring term core modules listed in the full-time course structure, above. After any examinations, you can begin work on your research project. In Year 2, you continue working on your research project and also take two options from the list above.

Assessment methods

Assessment is made up of 50 per cent on a research project and 50 per cent on lecture modules. The research project culminates in your dissertation (with a contribution from a research talk); there are also 6 lecture modules, typically assessed by a mixture of problem sets with either an open-notes test or an unseen examination. A distinction can be awarded on the basis of excellence in both the research project and the lecture modules.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 17,850 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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