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Quantum Science & Technology

Quantum Science & Technology is a broad, interdisciplinary field of contemporary science spanning a wide range of scientific areas with a high potential for the development of future information, sensing and computing technologies. Major research thrusts are, for example, Quantum Computing, Quantum Sensing, Quantum Simulation, Quantum Materials and Quantum Cryptography to name but a few. The research field is firmly grounded on the basic understanding of the principles of quantum mechanics, but also relies on developments in neighboring research areas such as mathematics, information technology, electrical engineering and chemistry. It is for this reason that the two Munich Universities – Technical University of Munich and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich – have joined their forces to establish the interdisciplinary Master’s study program “Quantum Science & Technology“ (QST). Students particularly benefit from the research environment provided by the Excellence cluster Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST).

Quantum Optics Lab at Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). Photo: MCQST.
Quantum Optics Lab at Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). Photo: MCQST.

The study program QST goes significantly beyond the standard teaching program of quantum mechanics as in modern application of quantum technologies (Quantum2.0), the concepts of superposition and entanglement are of central importance. Owing to the complexity of the field, the study program QST aims at students which will work at the forefront of quantum science and who will expand the existing research areas in natural sciences (e.g. physics and chemistry), mathematics and engineering (e.g. computer science and electrical engineering).

Students learn to directly translate current results from research and development in science (e. g. Physics, Chemistry), Mathematics and Engineering (e. g. informatics, electrical engineering) into applications, such as quantum sensors, quantum algorithms, and quantum computers, which exploit quantum phenomena – especially superposition and entanglement.

The courses available within the QST Master’s program cover the basics and the skills required to successfully carry out research or industrial projects across interdisciplinary boundaries. In addition to the necessary background knowledge and practical know-how, the self and social skills required in the academic or industrial environment will be promoted. This profile is intended to enable graduates to be deployed in a wide range of research, industrial and service industries. Typical fields of application for the graduates of the QST Master’s program are in experimental and theoretical research activities, in the planning and documentation of research projects as well as in adjacent fields of activity of the computer science and technology industry, for example in patenting, development, project planning or in public institutions.

The QST Master’s program is designed for a two-year period in which students will experience research-related training at the interface between natural sciences, engineering and mathematics, and gain early insight into current research at the highest international level. The Master’s program combines the world-renowned study and research programs of two of Germany's leading Universities on an equal footing. Students can enroll in classes offered at both universities to design their individual curricula.

Specialization Areas

Students can specialize in the following areas:

  • Experimental Quantum Science & Technology
  • Theoretical Quantum Science & Technology

which reflect our research expertise.

Examples of Study Plans

The study program of the first year of studies can be organized individually. A mentor can give you advice in choosing the specific courses. If you are interested in a given research area, it may be helpful to choose a mentor working in it (e.g. see the lecturers of the courses). The second year with the research phase is structured identically for all focus areas and hence omitted in the tables below.

Focus on Experimental Quantum Science & Technology

Students with an interest in experimental Quantum Science & Technology may for example choose a study plan such as the following:

ModulesCycleCP
Mandatory Modules
PH1009 QST Experiment: Quantum Hardware WS 10
PH1010 QST Theory: Quantum Information WS 10
Focus Modules
PH7003 Ultracold Quantum Gases WS 9
PH2157 Applied Superconductivity SS 10
PH7013 Quantum Optoelectronics SS 6
PH2273 Semiconductor Quantum Electronics SS 5
General-Education subjects and Lab Course
PH8116 Writing Scientific Papers: English Writing for Physics SS 4
Advanced Practical Training WS/SS 6

Focus on Theoretical Quantum Science & Technology

Students with an interest in theoretical Quantum Science & Technology may for example choose a study plan such as the following:

ModulesCycleCP
Mandatory Modules
PH1009 QST Experiment: Quantum Hardware WS 10
PH1010 QST Theory: Quantum Information WS 10
Focus Modules
PH2256 Quantum Many Body Physics WS 10
PH2246 Topology and New Kinds of Order SS 10
MA5054 Representation of Compact Groups SS 5
EI7619 Simulation of Quantum Devices SS 5
General-Education subjects and Lab Course
PH8116 Writing Scientific Papers: English Writing for Physics SS 4
Advanced Practical Training WS/SS 6

Individual Focus

ModulesCycleCP
Mandatory Modules
PH1009 QST Experiment: Quantum Hardware WS 10
PH1010 QST Theory: Quantum Information WS 10
Focus Modules
Catalog, Counseling by mentor WS/SS 30
General-Education subjects and Lab Course
Catalog, Counseling by mentor WS/SS 4
Advanced Practical Training WS/SS 6
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