Quantum physics class

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
 
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
 

This course provides a thorough grounding in this exciting field, and is aimed at students with interests in experiment, theory, or both. It draws upon the research strengths at the College in a wide range of topics within the general envelope of controlled quantum dynamics. 

About the course

Overview

Recent theoretical and experimental advances mean that we are now able to exert an extraordinary degree of control over individual quantum systems and to prepare and manipulate groups of interacting quantum systems deterministically.

Bringing these techniques to bear upon both fundamental physics and a new swathe of technologies dependent on strange quantum phenomena defines the emerging field of controlled quantum dynamics.

The Department of Physics is leading an interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Controlled Quantum Dynamics offering a four-year PhD, the first year of which leads to an MRes. Self-funded students may take the MRes by itself as a 12-month full-time course.

A feature of the course is its focus on both theory and experiment, equipping you to enter either avenue of research.

Experimental realisations covered include cold trapped ions and neutral atoms, photonic and superconducting qubits. The focus is on their multi-particle coherence and entanglement properties and upon methods for their preparation, control and read-out. This knowledge is crucial to a broad range of modern technologies and fundamental research (for instance, in quantum information processing) through to industrial applications, such as communication and extremely high precision space and time measurements.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The teaching of the MRes comprises eight core and several optional modules, after which there is a six-month research project.

The teaching involves a mix of lectures, directed reading, problem classes, computational exercises laboratory work and seminars.

Assessment of the taught courses is by a combination of coursework and written examinations, and the research project is assessed through an oral presentation and a thesis.

Modules

Core modules
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Information
  • Tools for Controlled Quantum Dynamics (CQD)
  • Light Matter Interactions
  • Quantum Physics and Chemistry of Cold Matter
  • Advanced Quantum Information
  • Platforms for Quantum Technology
  • Group laboratory projects

You may choose your optional modules from either the MSc courses in MSc Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces and MSc Optics and Photonics, or from a range of final year undergraduate courses.

Funding

Fully funded four-year studentships are available for UK and EU students ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the grant. This funding is for students intending to stay on for the four-year PhD only.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

First class (1st) Honours degree in physics. Other scientific disciplines (e.g. engineering, chemistry, mathematics) may be considered.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£12,500

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£28,100

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply onlineFor full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information

Find out more about the MRes in Controlled Quantum Dynamics, including more detailed course content.