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Quantum Physics University UK

Universities / December 24, 2013

Quantum technologies harness the unusual features of the quantum world to perform tasks that are hard or impossible with conventional technologies. Our Physics with Quantum Technology programmes cover the full spectrum of this exciting and rapidly developing field – from lasers to quantum information to quantum computers.

Programme overview

Partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the University is home to superb facilities and internationally-leading research which informs our teaching. On our Physics with Quantum Technologies programmes you will gain a solid understanding of all the core elements of traditional physics – such as particle physics, atoms and molecules, and astrophysics – while also taking specialist modules in quantum technologies topics. You can switch between any of our specialist Physics degrees during your first year.

We have excellent links with a range of leading organisations, and many of our students choose to take an integrated Research Year or Professional Training placement year, giving them invaluable work and research experience and a real head start whether they enter the job market or continue to postgraduate studies.

Programme structure

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3/4 (FHEQ Level 6/7)

In the third year there is a common first semester for both BSc and MPhys programmes in which you will begin to specialise in your chosen field of quantum technologies.

Our MPhys programmes are four-year courses with an integrated MPhys Research Year that is unique in the UK. MPhys students start their research year halfway through Year 3, after completing the Year 3 taught modules.

In Year 4, you will complete your Research Year and then take a final semester of taught specialist modules.

Professional recognition

Our newly launched Physics with Quantum Technologies degree is awaiting Institute of Physics accreditation.


Your programme will consist of a stimulating combination of lectures, laboratory work, tutorials, practical exercises and computational classes. There will be assigned coursework, problem solving and projects.

Experimental and computational exercises, undertaken in the teaching laboratory, are designed to complement and aid the learning of concepts taught in lectures.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.


We can boast extensive facilities within the Department of Physics, including our undergraduate teaching laboratories which recently underwent a thorough refurbishment.

The Department has also recently benefited from a £3.5 million refurbishment of its research laboratories, which our undergraduate students use as they carry out their final-year research projects.

The University of Surrey is currently leading a £6 million research project to develop quantum computers using atomic-scale devices.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2, 300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

The optional Professional Training placement starts at the end of the second academic year. Preparation for the Professional Training placement begins during Year 2. If you decide not to do the Professional Training year, you proceed directly to Year 3 to complete your taught modules and graduate in your third year.