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MSc Optoelectronic and Quantum Technologies

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New programme for 2020

Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2020

Programme overview

Quantum technologies are set to revolutionise society in many ways: from creating new types of computers to solve very difficult problems, very quickly, to making uncrackable communications systems and sensors that operate beyond conventional limits. The University of Bristol has been pioneering in this worldwide effort for more than 15 years with an approach that uses light and optoelectronic technologies to implement the required devices, circuits and systems.

On this course you’ll gain a deep understanding of the design, fabrication and use of the next generation of integrated circuits, sub-systems and systems that combine optics, electronics and quantum engineering for applications in communications, computing, sensing, and healthcare.

You’ll be based in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, one of the leading research-intensive departments in the UK with strong links to the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol, a hub for internet research addressing grand societal and industrial challenges.

Sharing units with the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training you’ll be taught within the world leading Quantum Engineering Technology Labs (QETLabs) and graduate with highly desirable and emerging skills in optoelectronic and quantum information technologies.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£11,300
Overseas: full-time
£24,500
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£13,900

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2020/21

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You’ll study seven core units covering the fundamentals shared by optoelectronic and quantum technologies, including Quantum Device Engineering, Optoelectronic Devices and Systems, RF Engineering and Digital Signal Processing.

Depending on your interests, you will then choose to specialise on one of three pathways:

Quantum Photonic Chip Design:

  • Integrated Circuit Electronics
  • VLSI Design
  • Nanofabrication
  • Quantum Systems Engineering

Quantum Networks:

  • Networking Protocol Principles
  • Data Centre Networking
  • Optical Networks
  • Advanced Networks

Quantum Theory and Computation: 

  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Quantum Light and Matter
  • Quantum Computation
  • Quantum Systems Engineering

On completion of the taught phase, you’ll undertake a research project working with academics within QETLabs and the Smart Internet Lab on real world research problems using our state-of-the-art facilities, including our nanofabrication cleanroom and optical laboratories.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold/achieve an upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) in a numerate physical science or engineering discipline. Candidates with a lower class of degree, equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience may be admitted if they can demonstrate their potential for higher degree work.

Unfortunately, applicants with an engineering background in Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil and Automation Engineering will not be considered suitable for this programme.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This innovative MSc aims to train a new generation of engineers to work in a range of companies developing quantum technologies, from corporate giants such as Google, Microsoft, Intel and IBM to start-ups originating in Bristol such as KETS Quantum Security, PsiQ, QLM and FluoretiQ.

You’ll also gain excellent preparation to further your studies with a PhD in quantum technologies and successful graduates will have the opportunity to apply to the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2020

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 20% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Open days and visits

Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

31 Great George Street
Bristol
BS1 5QN http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/departments/eeng

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