PhD Translational Quantum Technology AQ

Study Programme Details
Country: United Kingdom
Admission Sessions:Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time, Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

PhD / Doctorate


48 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Quantum technology stands at the forefront of scientific innovation, poised to revolutionize various industries with its transformative applications. Recognizing its pivotal role, the UK Government has designated Quantum Technology Hubs as flagship initiatives driving quantum research into practical use.


The PhD in Translational Quantum Technology AQ is closely aligned with the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology—a pioneering £80 million collaboration led by the University of Birmingham in partnership with leading institutions and over 70 companies. This program offers students a unique opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research bridging science, engineering, and industry.

The MRes component of the program includes specialized modules tailored to students’ backgrounds—quantum physics-oriented for engineering students and technology-focused for those with a physics background. It culminates in an independent research project, often conducted in collaboration with industry partners, aimed at presenting technical demonstrations at national and international conferences.

The subsequent 3-year PhD phase, hosted at partner universities of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub, allows students to delve deeper into their chosen research area. Opportunities for placements at the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) and industry partners are also provided, ensuring practical application and exposure to real-world challenges.

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Requirements:
    • First or 2:1 Honors degree in physics or engineering, or equivalent qualification.
  • English Language Requirements:
    • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any band.
    • TOEFL: 80 overall, with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking, and 19 in Writing.
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 64 overall, with no less than 59 in all four skills.
    • Cambridge English: Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component.

  • Research Training Modules
  • MRes Phase: Quantum Physics and Technology Modules, Independent Research Project
  • PhD Phase: Advanced Research in Quantum Technology
  • Industry Placements and Collaborations

£4,786 (UK)
£27,360 (International Students)

Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of this program have embarked on impactful careers across diverse sectors. For instance, alumni have contributed to groundbreaking advancements in quantum computing at leading tech firms, while others have pioneered new applications in quantum sensing and metrology. The program’s emphasis on hands-on experience and collaboration with industry partners prepares graduates to meet the growing demands of the quantum technology sector.

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