2020 start
MSc(Res)

Quantum Photonics and Nanomaterials

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Quantum information and nanotechnology promise to revolutionise the modern world. This course is designed to teach you the concepts behind the next generation of technology, and the lab skills that will help to make it a reality.
A Quantum Photonics student using lasers

Course description

This course teaches you about aspects of quantum physics that are paving the way for quantum technologies. You will study the fundamental properties of light and matter, and how they interact with each other. This includes learning how semiconductors are used in electronic and optoelectronic devices, ranging from nanophotonic circuits, and micro- and nano-sources of quantum light, to photovoltaic solar cells.

By formulating complex equations that describe the theory, and seeing how it’s put into practice with experiments in the lab, you’ll develop expertise that can be applied to some of the biggest challenges in science and technology, from new semiconductor nanostructures and 2D materials to building an optical quantum computer. You’ll learn how your specialist knowledge can be applied in the computing, electronics and telecommunications industries.

Your career

The advanced topics covered and the extensive research training make this course great preparation for a PhD. Alternatively, the specialist expertise you’ll gain can be applied in the computing, electronics and telecommunications industries – from manufacturing new devices with advanced materials, to improving computer processing and data security systems. You can also develop numerical, problem solving and data analysis skills that are useful in many careers, from software engineering to finance.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Advanced Electrodynamics
  • Optical Properties of Solids
  • Semiconductor Physics and Technology
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physics Research Skills
  • Research Project in Physics

Optional modules

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Biological Physics
  • Further Quantum Mechanics
  • Magnetic Resonance: Principles and Applications
  • Physics in an Enterprise Culture
  • Statistical Physics
  • The Physics of Soft Condensed Matter 

Teaching

One year individual programme of research. Taught material is complemented by a 12-month research project in one of our world-leading research groups.

Your training will cover optical experiments and fabrication of devices in our state-of-the-art laboratories as well as numerical methods and more.

Assessment

You'll be assessed by examinations, coursework, essays and other written work, presentations and a dissertation and viva.

Duration

1 year full-time

Physics student

My project was experimental as well as computational, so I learned a range of new skills. Aside from all the experimental work done in the lab, I got to learn how to simulate light confinement and mode propagation in various photonic crystals.

Klaudia Wawrowska
Masters student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

We usually ask for a first-class degree, or equivalent, in physics.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

postgradphysics-enquiry@shef.ac.uk
+44 114 222 3789

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.