What is quantum engineering?

Quantum engineering is a revolutionary discipline that seeks theoretical and practical applications of Quantum Information Science. It encompasses both fundamental physics and the broad engineering skill-set necessary to meet the practical challenges of the future.

Information theory has driven the evolution of our society in the past decades in a period known as the Information Age. It studies the quantification, storage, and communication of digital information. In a similar fashion, Quantum Information is an area of research found at the intersection of Mathematics and Physics. It is born from the fundamental principles of Quantum Mechanics, applied to Information Theory. Quantum Information exploits concepts like state superposition, entanglement and wave function collapse to establish new paradigms in information processing, whether it is for computing applications, cryptography, the simulation of quantum entities or the measurement of physical parameters beyond what is achievable using classical methods. Quantum engineering takes the next steps, and applies those concepts to realistic scenarios, developing algorithms, protocols, devices and systems. 

A quantum engineer will be trained to use the tools and language from quantum mechanics, electrical and electronic engineering, systems engineering and computer science as well as other physical sciences. Through world-leading academic research, as well as partnering with some of industry's most important companies, the Quantum Engineering CDT in Bristol has created an environment that delivers a unique training and development experience. Underpinned by world-class research and industrial expertise, our four-year doctoral programme offers a stimulating experience for those seeking academic excellence and a route into the growing quantum technologies industry.

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 Our extensive network of academic and industrial partners provides the opportunity to collaborate on cutting-edge science. Students will also be supported to develop a range of complementary skills including entrepreneurial business skills, knowledge of commercialisation, creative thinking, teamwork, communication skills and project management.

The most influential players from academia and industry have helped to shape our vision, stressing that it is essential that future quantum scientists are able to display multidisciplinarity, and are exposed to a wide spectrum of research tools, techniques and environments. In short, they have told us they need quantum engineers.

Read more about our research or find out why you should choose Bristol’s QECDT.

The corresponding shift in mind-set to a more engineering-oriented approach is exactly what will be required for quantum technologies to become reality.

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