PhD Studentship in Distributed Quantum Computing

Scholarship overview

  • Degree level

    Postgraduate doctoral

  • Value

    Full tuition fees at Home or Overseas rate and a stipend of approximately £19,668 per annum

  • Number of awards


  • Academic year


  • Tuition fee status

    Home, Overseas

  • Mode of study

    Full time

  • Available to

    Prospective students

  • Application deadline

    01/08/2023 Closed

  • Additional information

    Scholarship page

  • Available to applicants in the following departments

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Eligibility criteria

The successful applicant should have (or be about to earn) a MEng or MSc degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or a related subject. Extremely outstanding applications with only bachelor degrees will be also considered.

In addition to satisfy the minimum PhD admission requirements of the EEE Department and Imperial College, you should demonstrate good knowledge and/or experience in some of the following areas: quantum computing, quantum communications, conventional communication networking, distributed computing, stochastic models, optimization, and machine learning. A publication track record or an industry experience in a related field is considered as a plus. Good written and oral communication skills, as well as good programming skills, for example in MATLAB, Python and network simulator, are very desirable.

The position will last for at most 4 years and is open to Home and overseas candidates. The candidate must be willing to register and undertake a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College.

Please note: This scholarship is not available to continuing students.

Application process

Prospective candidates may contact Professor Kin K. Leung ( for further details.

NB: In the application, the proposed research supervisor should be "Kin K. Leung" to indicate that the application is for this post. The research proposal is expected to be concise and should only highlight your expertise in the related area.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms. Emma Rainbow at

Closing Date: Open until the position is filled

Additional information

Applications are invited for one fully funded PhD student position in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at Imperial College in London. Successful candidates will perform fundamental research in the area of distributed quantum computing and communications, including hybrid quantum and conventional computing, through collaboration on a multi-disciplinary team. Applicants are expected have strong background in one of the following two broad areas: (1) Quantum computing or communications, or (2) Conventional communication networking or distributed computing. It will be helpful to have strong analytical skills including stochastic models, optimization techniques or machine learning. Although not a prerequisite, research experience and/or publications in the related areas will be viewed positively. The doctoral research will be carried out within the Communications and Signal Processing Group in the EEE Department at Imperial. The successful PhD applicant will be supervised by Professor Kin K. Leung (, although the student may be also jointly supervised by other faculty member(s), depending on the research topics. Duties and responsibilities The duties include studying the relevant literature, defining appropriate research problems, conducting independent research, reporting regularly progress and results in both oral and written formats, proposing and testing new techniques or solutions numerically (e.g., via simulation or mathematical analysis), collaborating with academic and industry partners and other team members, and undertaking project management. In addition, the PhD student will be expected to submit publications to conferences and journals. Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


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