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Master in Quantum Science and Technology @ Barcelona

The master provides advanced knowledge to develop cutting-edge research both theoretical and experimental in quantum simulation, quantum computing, quantum sensors, quantum communications, as well as in purely formal theoretical aspects. Various universities, research centers and companies actively participate in teaching the master’s degree.

The master’s degree in Quantum Science and Technology is the result of the coordinated effort of the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Institute of Photonic Sciences, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Institute of High Energy Physics and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. It arises in parallel to the establishment of the emerging community in Quantum Technologies, QuantumCat.


Students entering the Master are required to take the
Quantum Core courses covering advanced quantum mechanics, condensed matter theory, and quantum information theory. After that, students may build their own path through the master, selecting elective courses from one or more of the following tracks:

Quantum Theory: designed for students with a background in theory and mathematics, with advanced courses on theoretical topics related to quantum information, communications and sensing.

Quantum Software: designed for students with a computational background, with courses on cutting-edge numerical and computational techniques

Quantum Hardware: designed for students with an experimental focus, these courses have a practical focus on experimental techniques and cutting-edge quantum technologies.

Quantum Optics: these are theoretical and experimental courses offered in conjunction with the Master in Photonics, for students interested in quantum optics, atom-light interaction, and their applications.
Strong links with industry are embedded into the program. All students are required to take a course on Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and the program offers opportunities to undertake an Internship with a local company or research group.

Topical Seminars from researchers and companies, and an Annual Career Symposium, will enhance the link to industry and expose students to a wide range of career paths and potential employers.

Students who complete the master program and wish to continue their studies towards a research career may apply to several PhD programs:

PhD in Physics, UB
PhD in Physics, UAB
PhD in Computational and Applied Physics, UPC
PhD in Photonics, ICFO


Several fellowships are available for students joining the master program:

ICCUB Maria de Maeztu Fellowship covering full registration fees
ICN2 Internship providing a living allowance for a student undertaking their Masters Thesis with an ICN2 research group
ICFO Student Research Fellowship providing a living allowance for a student undertaking their Masters Thesis with an ICFO research group

SPIE@ICFO Maria Yzuel Fellowship Award providing a living allowance for a student undertaking their Masters Thesis with an ICFO research group


Students enrolled in the master will have the opportunity to have first hand contact with local and international companies working on Quantum Technologies through a variety of activities, including Internships, Topical Seminars, and an Annual Career Symposium.