Controlled Quantum Dynamics

Educating the next generation of theoretical and experimental researchers.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2019
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
2018 entry

Overview

This course provides a thorough grounding in this exciting field and is aimed at students with interests in experiment, theory, or both. It draws upon the research strengths at the College in a wide range of topics in controlled quantum dynamics.

Recent theoretical and experimental advances mean that we are now able to apply an extraordinary degree of control over individual quantum systems and to prepare and manipulate groups of interacting quantum systems deterministically.

Bringing these techniques to bear upon both fundamental physics and a new swathe of technologies dependent on strange quantum phenomena defines the emerging field of controlled quantum dynamics.

The Department of Physics is leading an interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Controlled Quantum Dynamics offering a four-year PhD, the first year of which leads to an MRes. Self-funded students may take the MRes by itself as a 12-month full-time course.

A feature of the course is its focus on both theory and experiment, equipping you to enter either avenue of research.

Study programme

You begin the taught element of the course in the autumn term and take three core modules. You can take the optional module in either the autumn or the spring term along with further professional skills courses.

In the spring term, you study a further three core modules. This includes an outreach project where your work may be published.

A major element of the spring term is the start of the research project, which continues into the summer term and which you submit in mid-September.

With strong links to industry, other leading academic institutions, and government labs in the UK and overseas, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with external organisations, including collaborative research projects.

Funding

Fully funded four-year studentships are available for UK and EU students ordinarily residents in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the grant. This funding is for students intending to stay on for the four-year PhD only.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Advanced Laboratory
  • Advanced Quantum Information
  • Outreach Project
  • Platforms for Quantum Technology
  • Quantum Information
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Physics and Chemistry of Cold Matter
  • Tools for Controlled Quantum Dynamics

Optional modules

You may choose one optional module from either the MSc courses in MSc Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces and MSc Optics and Photonics, or from a range of final year undergraduate courses.

Research project

You undertake a research project which counts for 50% of your overall grade. The research projects include studying research literature and addressing a research problem in Controlled Quantum Dynamics.

Previous projects have included the development of novel laser sources and the development of diagnostic tools for experiments.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Blackboard
  • E-learning
  • Lectures
  • Panopto
  • Practical classes
  • Practical work
  • Problem classes
  • Supervised practical work
  • Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Laboratory report
  • Oral presentation
  • Presentation
  • Report
  • Small projects
  • Written examination

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a first-class degree in physics.

Other scientific disciplines, including engineering, chemistry and mathematics, may also be considered.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH07-01-01 molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
£13,200 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£30,700 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Physics

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T: +44 (0)20 7594 7512
E: l.sanchez@imperial.ac.uk

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