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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
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  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 13 February 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1505pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    Recent theoretical and experimental advances mean that we are now able to exert 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.

    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 within the general envelope of controlled quantum dynamics. A feature of the course is its focus on both theory and experiment, equipping you to enter either avenue of research.

    Experimental realisations covered include cold trapped ions and neutral atoms, photonic and superconducting qubits. The focus is on their multi-particle coherence and entanglement properties and upon methods for their preparation, control and read-out. This knowledge is crucial to a broad range of modern technologies and fundamental research (for instance, in quantum information processing) through to industrial applications, such as communication and extremely high precision space and time measurements.

     In the first term there will be three core courses, along with the optional course if  taken during the first term (you are only required to take one optional course which can be taken either in the first or second term), and the professional skills training. There will be no formal activities during the Christmas holidays, but students will be required to undertake private study, in particular with regard to the examinations at the start of the second term.

    The second term has two core courses (plus an optional course if taken during this term) and further professional skills courses. A major element of the second term will be the start of the major research project, which continues full time into the third term (and possibly subsequently to their PhD studies).

    The provisional programme content is as follows (click on a subject to be linked to the provisional syllabus):

    Term 1 (30 ECTS total)

    Compulsory courses

    • Mathematical and Computational Methods (7 ECTS for Theorists, 4 ECTS for Experimentalists);

    • Quantum Information Theory (7 ECTS);

    • Quantum and Nonlinear Optics (7 ECTS);

    • LabView and Instrumentation (3 ECTS of Experimentalists).

    Optional Courses

    • One relevant courses from the MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces, the MSc in Optics and Photonics or fourth year option courses from Physics and Mathematics (7 ECTS);

    • Selected workshops from GSEPS list (2 ECTS).

    Term 2 and Easter period (30 ECTS total)

    Compulsory courses

    • Quantum Physics and Chemistry of Cold Matter (7 ECTS);

    • Experimental Realisations of Controlled Quantum Dynamics (7 ECTS);

    • Outreach project (7 ECTS)

    Optional Courses

    • One relevant courses from the MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces, the MSc in Optics and Photonics or fourth year option courses from Physics and Mathematics (7 ECTS);

    • Selected workshops from GSEPS list (2 ECTS).

    Term 3 and summer period (30 ECTS)

    • During the third term and the summer the students will work full time on their individual research project. (30 ECTS)

    You will get to do a substantial research project in the second half of your first year which will let you see if this is the sort of topic you want to do for your PhD – if not then you will be able to change.
    You may well have a supervisor from another university as well as Imperial – project proposals will be welcome from physicists around the UK. 
    You will also do a large number of activities with the members of your cohort, and it is intended that you build long-lasting personal and professional relationships during this time. You will get to do courses in important skills such as giving presentations – skills which will be useful to you regardless of what you do next.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Applicants to the CDT must hold at least a Bachelors degree in Physics or a subject closely related to the research in the CDT such as Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics or Computer Science. The majority of successful applicant hold a Masters degree (MSci or MSc). The minimum degree requirement is  2.1or its equivalent.
    To apply for a PhD in Controlled Quantum Dynamics CDT, that is, the four year course (MRes + PhD), you need to make an application for "Postgraduate Masters - to be followed by Research" in the Physics department. The programme code is F3U7B. There is no need to enter a proposed research topic or name of supervisor. 

    The CDT offers full funding, that is, tuition fees and living expenses to UK students, and EU students who have been resident in the UK for three years prior to joining the CDT. EU students who do not meet the residency requirement are eligible for fees only. Unfortunately we do not have any funding for Overseas students. However, with effect from the 2010/11 academic year, we are able to fully fund one student from the EU who has not met the residency requirements or an Overseas student. The studentship will cover tuition fees and stipend at EU rates and will be offered competitively. Please ask our office contact for more details. 

    There may be a number of studentships available from DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) for research projects on Quantum Sensors and Metrology. If you are interested please indicate this on your application.

    For first MRes year

    Tuition fees (2015–2016):

    • Home/EU Full-time — £12,000
    • Overseas Full-time — £27,000
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