Quantum Science and Technology (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time
30 Places


Course Overview

Quantum mechanics is the theory that explains the behaviour of the microscopic world such as atoms and photons. Over the last 100 years, this theory has been remarkably successful in describing the world at microscopic scales. It is now well accepted that being able to control quantum systems allows us to exploit many physical properties, such as superposition. This ability to control systems will revolutionise the way we communicate, process and store information as well as help us to develop new technologies. These emerging technologies are known as quantum technology.

This M.Sc. focuses on the theoretical and software aspects of this technology. Specifically, it focuses on a unique blend of quantum information science, the physics of quantum hardware and quantum materials. It will also enable you to develop key skills in the area, such as how to write programs for quantum computers and to network with like-minded students who are interested in pursuing further studies in this area.

Lecturers from multinationals involved in research and development, small and medium enterprises, and the blossoming quantum startup space, will give talks throughout the year. This will enable students to understand the challenges that face the quantum industry today.

Is This Course For Me?

This course is designed for graduates with a strong mathematical background. Graduates from Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science degrees are invited to apply. This course is for you if you are fascinated by quantum mechanics and its potential; interested in making a career in the quantum technology industry; working in a related sector such as data science, machine learning or computer program; thinking of working as an entrepreneur in the emerging quantum technology space; or considering using this programme to progress to further study in the public or private sector.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be uniquely placed to work across the quantum science and technology sector as well as related areas of industry. For those interested in pursuing academic research, Trinity hosts many internationally recognised academics in quantum research. Graduates will also be eligible to pursue further study in other universities who are currently working in this and related research fields.

Course Structure

The M.Sc. in Quantum Science and Technology is delivered full-time over one year. The course comprises six compulsory modules, worth 10 ECTS each, and a Research Project or Internship worth 30 ECTS credits, for a total 90 ECTS for the course.

Course Content

The M.Sc. in Quantum Science and Technology consists of six taught modules structured around a cross-cutting introductory module which is designed to equipped students with the foundational information necessary to progress through the remaining modules in the programme.

Modules include: Introduction to Quantum Information Science; Special Topics and the Quantum Industry; Open Quantum Systems; Quantum Material Science; Physical Implementations of Quantum Technology; Quantum Computation and Algorithms; Quantum project/internship

In addition, a tailored internship or project will be offered in industry or academia. The subject matter of each of the modules will draw on the pre-existing strengths of the quantum research excellence in Trinity's School of Physics.

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Study Quantum Science and Technology (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.) at Trinity

Introduction to the Quantum Science and Technology postgraduate programme at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

30 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Professor Felix Binder

Closing Date

31st July 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applicants will be expected to have an Honours Bachelor's degree at 2.1 or above in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering (or equivalent). Applicants with lower than a 2.1 will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Graduate Studies. In case of heavy competition for places or concerns regarding a particular applicant’s suitability, applicants may be interviewed online.

Course Fees

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It is difficult to overestimate the knowledge and experience I have gained during the program. I enjoyed the combination of the theoretical and computational approach during the studies, it gives the possibility to immediately apply the learned skills in practice and prepare for real work in the quantum industry.

Anton Svetlichnyi