Through the University of Amsterdam a variety of courses in the general area of Quantum Information are available. They range from introductory to advanced. By including some of these courses in their BSc or MSc study program, students can get ready for research projects (BSc or MSc theses) or PhD studies in the field. Quantum information science is interdisciplinary between Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science and the optimal choice of courses depends on what has been learned in preceding course work. This page provides a brief guide.


BSc program: Quantum Information (QI) module

A BSc Quantum Information module can be followed as part of a BSc program in Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics or Computer Science. The details depend on the embedding BSc program. In the BSc program Physics and Astronomy, the honours extension to Quantumfysica 1 gives a first introduction to Quantum Computation. Natural follow-up to this are Introduction to Quantum Computing, Introduction to Information Theory and Modern Cryptography. For students in the BSc Mathematics we recommend in addition Klassieke Mechanica and Quantummechanica 2 (which builds on Quantumfysica 1) – it presents the structure theory of Quantum Mechanics that is essential for understanding Quantum Information. Students in Computer Science may wish to do a Linear Algebra course as well, to prepare for courses dedicated to Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information.

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MSc program: The QuSoft Master

The QuSoft Master, which can be followed as part of an MSc in Logic, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science, combines a coherent choice of electives with an MSc thesis project in the area of QI, guided by one of the Principal Investigators at QuSoft. The program is an excellent preparation for PhD studies and for a further professional career in the field.

The core curriculum of the QuSoft Master consists of Quantum Information Theory (Ozols and Walter), Quantum Computing (de Wolf), and Quantum Cryptography (Schaffner). Depending on the embedding MSc program additional courses are added to cover all enabling knowledge in (quantum) physics, mathematics and information theory.

The soft skills course on Quantum in Business and Society (under development) is a recommended choice in the QuSoft Master.

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BSc projects

PI’s at QuSoft are available as supervisors for BSc thesis projects on a topic in quantum information. Such projects can be available to students in BSc programs in Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics or Computer Science, double BSc students or as a capstone project at the AUC. Depending on the topic, some of the relevant BSc courses may be required.

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MSc projects

MSc projects at QuSoft are best done as part of a QuSoft Master, which includes a coherent set of specialized courses as well. While the coordinator of the QuSoft Master Program can advise on topic and supervisor, the projects are administered via the embedding MSc program. The research expertise of the QuSoft PI’s is found on their profile pages.

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