Module Lead: Professor Peter Krüger

This module will give you an overview of the key emerging quantum technology applications, with a particular focus on the areas that are most ready to make the transition from a laboratory setting to real-world industrial settings. You’ll explore and discuss imaging, sensing, timing, communication, and computing in various contexts, such as biomedical diagnostics, secure information exchange (e.g., end-to-end encryption), and navigation. Within each technology area, you’ll examine the specific features and performance characteristics that set them apart from their counterparts, and using selected examples, you’ll learn how these characteristics can be translated to produce tangible benefits in real-world applications. At this point, you’ll start to understand how quantum physics moves from the theoretical to the practical, and you’ll start to think about how science and technology are linked to businesses and markets.

Beyond just studying how new quantum technologies are built on scientific principles, you’ll begin to develop key analytical skills that will help you assess different situations in which quantum solutions are meaningful now, areas that require further technological development, and areas where existing quantum technology is sufficient. With these skills, you’ll start to think about how you can identify new technical and commercial opportunities in the quantum field.

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of key capabilities of various quantum technologies from an application point of view
  • understand key advantages of general and application-specific quantum technologies over their conventional counterparts
  • demonstrate critical awareness of current development stages and maturity of quantum solutions in various fields
  • critically appraise the benefits of quantum technology for selected test cases.

Types of assessments may include:

  • a problem set (30%) – solutions to a problem set on quantitative evaluation of the performance of quantum technology solutions in various application contexts
  • a portfolio (70%) – a portfolio on a set of quantum technology use case studies.