Introduction to the curriculum
This programme will provide you with the knowledge, insights and skills required to perform independent professional and scientific activities in the field of quantum information science and technology at the level of a Master of Science. During the programme, you will acquire in-depth knowledge, both theoretical and applied, of quantum hardware, quantum software and electronics for quantum applications. You will work on research and design projects, both individually and in multidisciplinary teams, together with fellow students and professionals from universities, research institutes, and industry parties. In the process, you will learn to translate abstract concepts into practical ones and to effectively communicate your insights both to quantum technology experts and laypeople.
After the core programme in the first half of the first year, you have a choice of many different elective courses and will be able to specialise in one of the three application areas of quantum technology: quantum computing and simulations, quantum communication, or quantum sensing and metrology. Teaming up with others in small groups, you will also regularly work and reflect on personal and transferable skills, as well as societal and ethical implications of quantum technology throughout the two-year programme.
The first quarter of the programme consists of homologation modules and a team project. The aim of the homologation modules is to allow all students, with different levels and types of background knowledge, to acquire essential fundamental knowledge and learn skills from the disciplines that were not a part of their bachelor programme but are required to successfully master the core courses in the second and (part of the) third quarter.
After the core programme, students can choose from a wide range of elective courses and specialise in one of the three application areas of quantum technology: quantum computing and simulations, quantum communication, or quantum sensing and metrology.
Students can take electives worth 25 EC in year 1, choosing from courses on (Applied) Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering taught at both Leiden and Delft.
In year 2, students start with a 15 EC multidisciplinary team project, followed by an individual master’s thesis project. For the thesis project, they can choose between 2 orientations:
- Research and design orientation: a 44 EC research-oriented or design and/or system integration-oriented project in one of the research groups in Leiden or Delft affiliated with the QIST programme.
- Business orientation: a 30 EC application-oriented research project in collaboration with a company under the final responsibility of a supervisor in one of the research groups affiliated with the QIST programme plus courses for a total of 14 EC on technology management and entrepreneurship.