MSc(Res)
2021 start

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.

The biggest part of your degree is your research project. Possible topics include:

  • theory of quantum optical information processing
  • spin phenomena in semiconductor nanostructures
  • integrated photonic structures for QIP
  • novel atomically thin 2D materials for optoelectronic applications
  • nonlinear and hybrid-light matter phases in photonic geometries
  • perovskites and organic semiconductor for photovoltaics
  • organic sensor devices
  • physics of polymer crystallisation

You will also complete a research training programme, and there are optional modules to choose from including quantum mechanics, magnetic resonance, soft condensed matter, biological physics and statistical physics.

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Modules

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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

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.

Facilities

Our laboratories include a dedicated facility for studying the optical properties of structures based on 2D materials, such as MoS2, MoSe2, WSe2, WS2, NbSe2, gallium and indium chalcogenides. We're one of the leaders in research of complex heterostructures based on 2D materials, which is based on our expertise in photonics and magneto-optics of nanostructured semiconductors.

Student profiles

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.

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

International pathway programmes

If you're an international student and don’t meet our entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme through the University of Sheffield International College. The programme develops your knowledge of your chosen subject, introduces you to vital study skills and provides additional support to reach the English language level for the course, should you need it.

Once you complete your Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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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

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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