New specialization prepares grad students for growing quantum industry

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Transformative Quantum Technologies Program (TQT) at the University of Waterloo announce a new Master of Science degree in Physics with a specialization in Quantum Technologies. 

Optics equipment in a quantum science labThis novel 12-month course-based program is aimed at preparing students with the knowledge and experimental skills to give them the understanding to drive the development and deployment of quantum technology.  It will also feature hands-on learning on quantum platforms including superconducting electronics, atomic, molecular and optical systems, and solid-state devices.  The program will prepare graduates to join the growing quantum industry or enter PhD programs.

Students will be part of IQC and the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s community of over 300 quantum researchers, with access to seminars, outreach programs, and labs at the forefront of quantum technology. Through TQT, students will be able to network with industry and startups in quantum technology and participate in independent projects in Quantum Technologies in the state-of-the-art laboratories of IQC’s members.

“This new program is unique in Canada, providing students with an exceptional foundation in Quantum Technologies: a rapidly growing field that has attracted billions of dollars of private and public funding and will impact the future of sectors like computing, security, electronics, and health care,” said David Hawthorn, professor, and associate chair of graduate studies in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Applications are now open for the September 2021 inaugural class, with full scholarships available.