Year 1

The first group exercise you will take part in is a social ‘ice-breaking’ weekend. This will enable you to get to know your fellow students as well as key members of staff and supervisors, and provide an opportunity to attend a series of short workshops on our main research themes.

The aim of the first year training programme is to furnish all students with expertise in the underpinning theory and engineering approaches needed in their research. With access to state-of-the art laboratories and a unique cohort-style approach to learning, you will be immersed in an environment that supports a research focus from the very beginning.

 The following is a summary of the core elements that make up Year 1:

  • Foundations of quantum information and quantum communications
  • Classical and quantum optics
  • Systems engineering
  • Advanced quantum information theory
  • Quantum electronic devices: concepts, design and fabrication.

These core elements will be supplemented by:

  • Tutorials, lectures and cohort group-learning experiences (such as worksheets, posters and moderated peer assessment) on a range of subjects including: information theory and computational complexity, quantum computing architecture and algorithms, HPC computing architecture and algorithms, quantum technologies, advanced optics and photonics, digital signal processing and machine learning, scientific computing, emerging topics.
  • Small-group laboratory project whereby groups comprising of around four students from mixed disciplines target the demonstration of a quantum experiments including entanglement generation, violation of Bell inequalities, quantum teleportation, and quantum interference.
  • The Quantum Grand Challenge: a project for the entire cohort that engages the group’s broad range of skills and collective creative power.
  • Two three-month long individual research projects selected by you, the student.
  • Transferable skills training covering a range of topics including scientific writing, communication, time management and creative problem solving.
  • A course on public outreach helping you to tackle issues such as ‘What is public outreach?’, ‘How to create impact’ and ‘Approaches to delivery’.
  • Industrial seminars delivered by our partners on a range of industry-specific issues including: how R&D works in industry, how to pitch an idea, how to write an effective business case, intellectual property and entrepreneurship.

During the first year of the CDT program, students undertake a course in communication and engagement. This series of weekly lectures focuses on key skills that allow students to effectively communicate their work to various audiences  whether at conference talks, poster sessions, one-on-one collaborations or during interviews. Not only do these activities develop highly sought-after communication skills, but they also instigate teamwork and help develop a cohort mentality.

Optional engagement projects are also made available to students in during the course of their CDT, enabling them to continue to develop their communication skills.

 More information about Years 2 to 4.

How to apply

The first year of training was an amazing experience. It was a lot of work, but it was equally rewarding.

Current 2nd year CDT student
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