Quantum Physics studentsDuration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

Our comprehensive, inter-disciplinary programme of postgraduate training will equip you with the fundamental knowledge required apply quantum theory to engineering.

About the course


Our one-year MSc programme covers the fundamentals of systems engineering, quantum communication and computation, metrology, imaging and sensing. You also have the excellent opportunity to add breadth to your studies with teaching on innovation and entrepreneurialism, key enabling skills.

You will begin your studies with two weeks learning the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, before moving on to a two week module on systems engineering.

The second term focusses on preparation for your project, which can be completed with one of the Quantum Engineering Hub partners, or with another department.

In the summer you can participate in workshops to develop your skills in innovation and entrepreneurship, ensuring you can put theory to practice after your studies.

You spend much of your time with the Centre for Doctoral Training at our South Kensington campus, with contributions from the Departments of Materials, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Imperial College Business School.


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

Core modules

  • Atoms and Photons
  • Entrepreneurship for Quantum Engineering
  • Innovation for Quantum Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Tools for Quantum Engineering (Laboratory)
  • Tools for Quantum Engineering (Theory)
  • Quantum Engineering Laboratory
  • Quantum Engineering Research Project
  • Quantum Information and Post-Quantum Cryptography

Optional modules

You choose three modules from below.

  • Frontiers in Photonics Technology
  • Information Theory
  • Metrology and Navigation for Quantum Engineering
  • Platforms for Quantum Technology

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Normally a first class UK Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant engineering or physical sciences discipline (or equivalent).

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:
  • £12,000 full-time

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £27,500 full-time

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


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 this course on the Department of Physics website.