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Unit information: Quantum Engineering Cohort Project in 2020/21

Unit name Quantum Engineering Cohort Project
Unit code PHYSM0016
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Dara McCutcheon
Open unit status Not open



Quantum information theory, Quantum Light and Matter

School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


A theme of the Quantum Engineering CDT is for students to have working knowledge of not just the theory of quantum information science, but also its place in the wider context of science and technology. As a new field, there is an abundance of opportunity for directing its future development; to do so effectively, students need to have the chance to think about the big picture. The cohort will meet regularly over the entire course of year 1 and flesh out a ‘big vision’ project. This is an
opportunity for the cohort to get together and think about the big picture in quantum technology, putting what they have been learning into context and identifying a particularly interesting aspect to focus on. The goal is to produce a comprehensive report at the end of year 1, suitable as a starting point for a large-scale research project.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the unit the student should:

  • Have demonstrated an appreciation for the ‘bigger picture’ in quantum information science by identifying an appropriate topic that is important for the field as a whole.
  • To be able to argue why that topic is appropriate in a scientific proposal.

Transferrable skills:

  • Working with a team to a deadline.
  • Technical report/proposal writing/presentation.
  • Building consensus among group members.

Teaching details

Group participation and peer learning

Assessment Details

A cohort presentation of approximately 1 hour explaining the technical details, feasibility, and/or proposed approach to the theme identified in the cohort project. [One presentation per team, assessed by a panel appointed by the QE-CDT, worth 50% of final mark.] A report summarising the presentation of approximately 500 words per student makes up the other 50% of the final mark.

Reading and References

Texts, reviews and research articles appropriate to each module, at the instructor’s discretion.