Overview

Our cutting-edge Quantum Technology MSc combines scientific theory with practical exercises and real-world case studies, so you’ll dive deeper into quantum physics and explore the commercialisation of new technologies. With your new-found, advanced knowledge on the science underpinning quantum technology from atom-light interactions and optical propagation to atomic and photonic systems, you’ll explore the exciting possibilities of quantum technology, such as using quantum networks for establishing secure communication.

This practical business-focused perspective has been integrated throughout the course content, so you’ll not only understand the technology, but also recognise its market potential by developing the tools needed for commercialisation, industry engagement, high-tech entrepreneurship, and market positioning, while assessing the economic, security and public policy implications of new technologies.

With a strong emphasis on business and practical applications, our course content is aligned with current industry trends meaning you’ll graduate with the up-to-date knowledge and skills you need to drive innovation and stand out in a competitive employment market.

Delivered 100% online, this distance learning course offers an innovative curriculum designed to help you shape the future of quantum technologies.

You can also study a version of this course on campus →

You’ll learn from world-leading academics from the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences who maintain strong links with the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies and the Institute of Physics, so you’ll be part of a global community at the forefront of quantum technology advances.

Watch the short video below for an overview of the course.

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Hi, I’m Dr. Fedja Orucevic, Course Director for the online Quantum Technology Applications and Management MSc here at the University of Sussex.

On behalf of the University, I’m proud to present this cutting edge course from the first UK institution to offer an online degree in quantum technologies. With an innovative curriculum designed to help you succeed in your quantum career, you’ll dive deeper into the theory that underpins quantum sciences.

As you explore exciting topic areas including nanotechnologies, sensing and imaging, atom light interactions and photonics, you will develop the knowledge you need to speak the language of quantum whatever your career path may be.

The course also includes a business focused element, so you learn how to harness the commercial power of quantum technologies to influence strategy and drive innovation.

You’ll explore current developments in the quantum technology market, study the interplay of market pull and technology push across various sectors, and learn how to ensure your innovations are both commercially successful and socially responsible.

Here at Sussex, our community of world-leading academics are actively shaping the field and making a difference. So you benefit from the expertise of our distinguished, globally renowned faculty. You’ll learn from staff here at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and you’ll also work with faculty from the University of Sussex Business School.

I’m looking forward to collaborating with the next generation of professionals who appreciate the incredible potential presented by new quantum technologies.

So, join us here at Sussex and discover where science and business meet.

Modules

Explore new innovations in quantum technology

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Each module for this course lasts seven weeks and is delivered via Canvas, a state-of-the-art online learning platform which can be accessed by a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The modules are designed to develop your theoretical understanding of quantum physics and illustrate the commercial opportunities presented by new quantum technologies. You’ll cover a range of exciting topics, such as sensing and imaging, applications of quantum technology, photonics, nanotechnologies, secure communications and more.

Our MSc’s modules are grouped into ‘carousels’, so you’ll study the first carousel before moving on to the next one. If you choose to study an alternative qualification (PG Certificate or PG Diploma), you won’t study all three carousels, only the ones required for the specific qualification. Please see the ‘Pathways’ tab for further information.

The course uses multiple assessment methods to assess students’ knowledge, competence development and engagement through individual and groupwork exercises, such as written reports, simulations, essays, project reports, MCQs, and portfolios. An indication for the likely assessment methods of each module is given, though this may be subject to change.

To learn more about each module, please click on the title to read the module description and the types of assessments.

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Pathways

Find the right route for you

The qualification you’ll receive upon completion of the course will depend on which modules you study from the three carousels. Below we’ve outlined the requirements for each qualification.

Foundation of Quantum Technology Management PG Cert (online)

Carousel(s) to study: Carousel 1
Credits: 60
Duration of study:

  • minimum 8 months
  • maximum 20 months.

Cost: £4,080

Advanced Quantum Technology and Applications PG Cert (online) 

Carousel(s) to study: Carousel 2
Credits: 60
Duration of study:

  • minimum 8 months
  • maximum 20 months.

Cost: £4,080

 

Quantum Technology Fast Track PG Dip (online) 

Carousel(s) to study: Carousel 1 and 2
Credits: 120
Duration of study:

  • minimum 16 months
  • maximum 32 months.

Cost: £8,160

Quantum Technology Applications and Management MSc (online)    

Carousel(s) to study: Carousel 1, 2 and 3
Credits: 180
Duration of study:

  • minimum 2 years
  • maximum 4 years.

Cost: £12,240 

All courses* will start teaching in May 2023, with entry points in July, September, and November of that year. From 2024 onwards there will be six entry points each year in January, March, May, July, September, and November.  

*Our Advanced Quantum Technology and Applications PG Cert (online) course will start teaching in 2024 with six entry points each year as above. 

Entry requirements

The typical entry requirements require you to have an undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent, with a grade of: 

  • a lower second-class (2.2) in STEM subjects including physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering 
  • a higher second-class (2.1) in STEM subjects not listed above. 

You can also be considered entry for this course if you have:  

  • three years of professional experience in a related industry or 
  • three years of professional experience in a related business or 
  • an undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent in Economics, Finance, Business, or other related degree with proof of mathematical aptitude (additional documents will be required). 

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) need to supply evidence of IELTS (Academic) high level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component). 

Fees

Masters course fee: £12,240
Cost per module: £1,020*

Flexibility is at the heart of our online courses: fees can be paid on a module-by-module basis, or as a single fee at the start of the course.

You may also consider corporate sponsorship and employer funding. Please email our Admissions Team at studyonlineadmissions@sussex.ac.uk for help with next steps.

Course fees will remain fixed for 24 months from your initial course start date. Thereafter, the course fee will rise at a rate of 2.5% per calendar year (subject to rounding for administration purposes).

*Modules 1 – 10 (15 credits each) cost £1,020 and module 11 (30 credits) costs £2,040.

Module 11 can be paid in two instalments (£1,020 per instalment). If you choose to pay in two instalments, you’ll need to:

  • pay the first half at the start of the module
  • pay the balance by the final week of teaching. If you have not paid by this time your final assessment and overall module mark will be withheld until payment has been made.

 

20% alumini discount

If you have previously graduated from an undergraduate, postgraduate, or PhD course at the University of Sussex, you’ll be eligible* for a 20% discount on this online course.

*T&Cs apply. Please visit our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Careers

Drive the second quantum revolution

As a graduate of this online course, you’ll be equipped with highly sought-after skills designed to give you the edge in your career. You’ll develop a strong scientific understanding of quantum principles, learn how to commercialise new quantum technologies, and master in-demand technical skills in areas such as Python programming language, microcontroller deployment, and 3D Computer-Aided Design.

With a Masters that focuses on the commercial potential of innovative quantum technologies you’ll be equipped to undertake industrial research at a small or large tech company, set up and manage a quantum division in your own organisation, use your new quantum literacy to influence policy, or disrupt the market as a quantum entrepreneur.

Quantum technology is a rapidly growing field, and with top industries in need of skilled experts, it’s no surprise that there’s a wide range of careers and opportunities for quantum-savvy professionals looking to drive the emerging quantum economy. Examples of quantum technology jobs that may be available to graduates include:

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Quantum Development Representative
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Quantum Processor Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Research Scientist in Quantum Machine Learning
  • Researcher in Quantum Cryptography
  • Research Portfolio Manager
  • Program Manager

Why choose this course?

Lead the future of quantum technology

By studying our online Quantum Technology Applications and Management MSc, you’ll develop a theoretical understanding of quantum principles along with practical business skills to commercialise new technologies. With these valuable skills, you’ll be able to work in a range of roles across various sectors. You’ll also: 

  • engage in exciting discussions with other quantum professionals on the course and benefit from 1-2-1 discussions with globally renowned academics who are actively driving and shaping the quantum technology marketplace 
  • study at the first UK institution to offer an online degree in quantum technologies that emphasises the importance of commercialisation, placing Sussex at the forefront of distance learning for this emerging technology 
  • forge global connections with professionals across the sector that could lead to exciting new opportunities in the quantum technology space 
  • be part of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, ranked joint 7th in the UK for the quality of our Physics research environment (Times Higher Education rankings of REF 2021 results) 
  • benefit from teachings from the University of Sussex Business School, ranked in the top 15 in the UK for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2023) 
  • study anywhere, anytime, with an online Masters designed to fit around you, so you can join the second quantum revolution from the comfort of your own home 
  • complete the course in two years or a maximum of four years should you wish to take a break in studying (maximum break time applies). 

A message from the course director

“On behalf of the University of Sussex, I’m delighted to present this online MSc in Quantum Technology Applications and Management. As the first MSc of its kind in the UK, we’ll teach students the pillars of quantum technology, giving them the knowledge and confidence to discuss principles of quantum physics, and advance their overall quantum literacy and awareness. Students will also gain invaluable technical skills, and during the course they’ll use Python programming language, employ microcontrollers, and exploit 3D Computer-Aided Design – all areas designed to make them stand out to employers and boost their career prospects! This cutting-edge course is unique in that, alongside theoretical knowledge, students will develop practical business-focused skills, and they’ll graduate ready to commercialise new quantum technologies and drive innovation in this exciting emerging sector. In this respect, students will benefit from teachings from our esteemed colleagues at the University of Sussex Business School and the School of Engineering and Informatics.

I’m looking forward to collaborating with the next generation of professionals who appreciate the incredible potential presented by new quantum technologies, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring my own research and insights into the classroom!”

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Dr Fedja Orucevic Course Director

About the Schools 

With our Quantum Technology MSc, you’ll learn from world-leading academics actively making advances in the quantum field, and you’ll receive your qualification from a renowned UK institution. The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex is ranked in the top 20 for student satisfaction in Physics and Astronomy in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2023), and ranked joint 7th in the UK for the quality of our Physics research environment (Times Higher Education rankings of REF 2021 results).

You’ll also benefit from teachings from the University of Sussex Business School, ranked in the top 15 in the UK for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2023), with more than 85% of our Business and Management Studies research rated as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and 97% of our Economics and Econometrics research rated as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework, 2021).

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Dr Fedja Orucevic

Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Physics
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Professor Peter Krüger

Research Professor of Experimental Physics
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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Professor Paul Nightingale

Professor of Strategy (Science Policy Research Unit) and Associate Dean of Research 
University of Sussex Business School 

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