Quantum Science and Quantum Information


The quantum world is full of magic: particles can be in two different states at the same time, they influence each other instantaneously even when they are light years apart. The fascination for quantum physics lies in its magic and in its potential. Quantum mechanics imposes fundamental limits on the precision with which we can measure values of physical quantities.
A world which is so vastly different from the one we experience in our daily lives offers functionalities which go far beyond those offered by classical physics. One such functionality is fully safe communication, another is the quantum computer. The limitations manifest themselves in detectors: here a challenge is to reach the uncertainty limit imposed by quantum mechanics.

This minor introduces you to the quantum world and unveils its spectacular potential and its fascinating limitations. Instead of relying on daily life experience, you sometimes dive into a mathematical description which leads to outcomes via reasoning that even experts find hard to understand.

I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.

R. P. Feynman, Nobel Laureate of Physics

There is a vibrant community of scientists and engineers at TU Delft working on quantum technologies, who will help you to unravel the magical world of quantum physics.
Auxiliary fields such as mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering are covered, always with an eye to their application within quantum science and information. In a group project at the end of the minor you will work on applications in quantum technology, concerning software or hardware.

For whom?

Participation in the QSQI minor is open to students from BSc programmes (Applied) Physics, Electrical Engineering, (Applied) Mathematics, and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology and other universities.
This minor programme requires your full commitment. It should be completed within one academic year.

Prior knowledge

This minor is challenging and is only intended for students with a strong background in calculus and linear algebra. We strongly advise against taking it if your average mark for the calculus and algebra courses in your programme is not well above 7.
(Applied) Physics students must have completed the regular second year quantum mechanics courses.

What will you learn

The goal of the minor is to familiarize students with developments in the field of quantum science, quantum technology and quantum devices, and with practical applications arising from research in this multidisciplinary field. This implies a broadening of the knowledge of the students, combined with research experience in this modern field.

After successful completion of the minor:

  • The student possesses sufficient knowledge of the field of quantum theory, together with the necessary mathematics and electromagnetism, to participate in basic quantum research and to follow specialised courses in the field of quantum science and engineering. The student has knowledge of the realisation of quantum devices.
  • The student has knowledge of and experience in research in the field of quantum science, in particular quantum information.
  • The student is aware of the implications of quantum technology and is capable of forming informed opinions on this and able to defend these.
  • The student has experience in carrying out project work in groups.
  • The student has an overview of recent developments in the field of quantum science, technology and information and of the prospects for the near future, and is capable of reflecting on these.
Outline of the programme

The minor consists of an integrated set of course modules combined with a final project, in which students work in small groups on the design, hardware and/or software components of a quantum device to apply their newly attained skills.

  • The number of contact hours is 16-20 hours a week.
  • Fulltime availability is required for the group project in January.
  • Timetabling of the course modules is based on four periods in the semester.

Course overview

TN3105Mathematics for Quantum Physics2 ECTSall students
TN3126Information and Computation5 ECTSphysics students
TN3136Quantum Physics5 ECTSnon-physics students
TN3145Quantum Communication and Computation4 ECTSall students
TN3156Quantum Sensing and Measurement4 ECTSall students
TN3166Solid-State Quantum Bits (consisting of Semiconductor
Quantum Bits, and Superconductor Quantum Bits)
9 ECTSall students
TN3175Quantum Engineering Group Project6 ECTSall students

See the study guide for additional information.

Register for this minor

  • TU Delft students: via minors.tudelft.nl and Registration procedure/deadlines for TU Delft students.
  • Students from other Dutch universities should register at TU Delft via Studielink (an additional registration alongside your own study programme). Choose study programme ‘Minor at Applied Physics’ / ‘Minor bij opleiding Technische Natuurkunde’. Read more via Registration procedure and deadlines for LEI and EUR students.
    This will create a TU Delft login account which you can use to sign up for the minor QSQI.
  • Students from foreign universities should register as an exchange student.

More information

If you have any questions about the programme, please do not hesitate to contact the minor coordinator.