Master's Seminar (QST)
PH1066 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This module description is valid from WS 2020/1 .
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|450 h||150 h||15 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH1066 is the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
The Master's seminar is part of the research phase, in which students work on a current problem in the field of quantum science and technology (QST). Possible topics are based on the research focus of the departments, schools or groups participating in the Quantum Science and Technology Master's program. Topics include experimental and theoretical work on quantum computing, quantum communication, quantum cryptography, quantum simulation, quantum sensing, quantum metrology, and quantum materials.
This module offers students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the subject area in which they plan to write their Master's thesis. It serves to deepen their knowledge and gain an overview of the state of research in their chosen area of specialization.
After completing the module the student is able to:
Understand the current state of scientific research in a limited field of quantum science and technology.
Evaluate the status of the topic of the intended Master's thesis in the chosen field of research.
Analyze various different methods from the chosen subject area and assess their possibilities (advantages and disadvantages).
All module requirements listed in the acceptance letter for the Quantum Science and Technology Master's program must have been met. Recommendation: at least 40 credits points from the modules of the first and second semester of the Quantum Science & Technology Master's program should have been successfully completed.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Learning and Teaching Methods
Students spend a large part of the Master's seminar studying literature independently, especially current scientific publications. Based on literature that is specified and made available by their supervisor, they also conduct their own literature research. At the same time, the students are involved in a research group, which gives them the opportunity to discuss unclear issues directly with their supervisor or other members of their research group.
In the weekly group seminar of their research group students present their current work and discuss it within the research group.
Supplementary literature, scientific publications, presentations and discussions.
Current literature on the specific topic – relevant information is provided by the supervisor.
Description of exams and course work
Students give an oral presentation followed by a discussion (30 minutes in total), demonstrating their ability to understand and classify the current state of research in the chosen subject area. The exam is taken as a pass/fail credit requirement.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.