Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I know if my background is suitable for the Hub?
Our Skills and Training Hub will equip a future generation of quantum engineers with a skillset to understand cutting-edge quantum research, a mindset toward developing this innovation, and the entrepreneurial skills to lead the market. We are therefore looking for engineering and physical science graduates who want to be at the forefront of quantum technology innovation and entrepreneurship.
I already have a Masters Degree, so do I still need to take the MSc to get on the doctoral programme?
Yes. The MSc is an integral part of the doctoral training and provides a basis for the research undertaken in years 2 to 4. Most of the students already have a taught MEng or MSci etc. but the MSc in Quantum Engineering prepares you to perform specialised research in your field. It also gives you access to business and entrepreneurship courses to help prepare you for bringing your research into the marketplace.
What is the Syllabus for the Taught MSc?
The first 6 months will consist of taught courses whereas the second 6 month period will be devoted to a project. The current syllabus is in on the website but more detail can be found in the MSc in Quantum Engineering programme specification.
When is the best time to apply?
The admissions round for October 2017 intake is now open so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. We consider applications as they are received and will hold panel interviews in mid-March 2017. Funded places will be allocated from end of March 2017 onwards. Instructions on applying can be found on our information for prospective students website.
Is there a list of PhD projects available?
As we are currently running our first cohort of students, we do not have a list of current doctoral projects being undertaken. Each year we solicit project proposals from potential supervisors both at Imperial College London, our hub partners and other UK institutions. The following is a guide for the PhD projects students might undertake based on the research topics of the Hub: 1) Development of quantum technologies including inertial navigation systems, quantum simulators, quantum sensors and components for quantum networks, 2) Development of rugged and compact devices to enable quantum technology, 3) Fabrication and packaging, 4) Bridging conventional and quantum technologies and 5) new applications of quantum engineering.
How many funded students will there be in the cohort?
We expect to take 10 fully funded students onto cohort 2 starting in October 2017.
As an EU citizen, am I eligible for funding from the Hub?
If you have been studying in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to joining the Hub, or are otherwise ordinarily resident in the UK, you should get full funding from the Hub. Otherwise you are eligible for funding to cover tuition fees only.
Note that from the 2010/11 academic year, we are able to fully fund one student from the EU/Overseas who has not necessarily lived in the UK prior to joining the Hub. The studentship will cover tuition fees and stipend at EU rates and will be offered competitively. Please ask our office contact for more details.