27 September 2023

A flying start for the new master’s programme in Quantum Information Science


A huge welcome to the 42 first students in the UCPH/DTU MSc programme in Quantum Information Science.

The first QIS class
The first QIS class

To ensure that society has a qualified quantum sciences workforce, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), has opened Denmark's first programme of study in quantum information science.

The programme will produce tomorrow’s quantum specialists, who will then help to spread the use and knowledge of the new technology.

The admitted students' backgrounds cover a wide range; they are bachelors in mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering physics, astrophysics, photonics, electrical engineering, nanoscience or informatics.

They come from as many as 16 different countries – Denmark, China, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Slovakia, Austria, Bangladesh, India, Croatia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Serbia, and the USA, creating a highly international student environment.

“It’s a great day, I take note of the students' commitment and enthusiasm, and I wish all the new students welcome", said the head of studies Jan Philip Solovej when the students started at the beginning of September.

"We want to be at the forefront, and the goal is that the graduates of this programme, can go out and take, even create, new jobs in this fast-developing, new field”, said Jan Philip Solovej.

Joint venture

The master’s programme is an interdisciplinary program that combines the subjects of physics, computer science, mathematics and chemistry.

The education is a joint venture between UCPH and DTU, and the teaching will take place at both institutions. The education utilizes the very strong research environments that already exist within the area at UCPH and DTU.

At UCPH three departments collaborate on the programme: The Department of Mathematical Sciences, Niels Bohr Institute and the Department of Computer Science.

According to the head of studies Jan Phillip Solovej, the students must therefore first learn to speak the same 'quantum language':

"The students must go through several joint compulsory courses, which must give them a basic understanding of quantum information theory and on which platforms the technology can be practically used. After that, the candidates have the opportunity to specialize".

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