After the core programme in year 1, students have to choose at least 25 EC of elective courses and specialise in one of the three application areas of quantum technology: quantum computing and simulations, quantum communication, or quantum sensing and metrology.
These electives can be chosen from courses on (Applied) Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering taught at both Leiden and Delft.
A list with pre-approved specialisation courses, relevant for the field of QIST, can be found as an appendix to the TER of QIST or on the general QIST Brightspace page (via BrightSpace Delft University of Technology).
The Master’s programme in Quantum Information Science & Technology is a cooperation between two Dutch universities:
Faculty of Science
Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science
QuTech Research Institute
This MSc programme is designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Astronomy. For the admission requirements, please go to the QIST website.
Questions? Please email Info-MSc-QIST@tudelft.nl
During the MSc Quantum Information Science & Technology we want to provide you with the best possible preparation for the job market. In addition to knowledge, it is important that you develop skills, gain practical experience, orientate on positions & careers, and reflect on your own profile and development.
QIST graduates are expected to find employment in the following type of organisations:
1. Universities and research institutes that work on the further development of quantum technology, often in cooperation with companies;
2. Companies that are building (components for) a quantum computer, a quantum communication network or quantum sensors; a substantial amount of these are small companies, often start-ups growing at a fast pace, but this category also includes large companies such as Microsoft and Intel;
3. Companies that expect to make use of quantum technology in the (near) future and that closely follow developments; these are often large companies such as banks, ASML, Volkswagen, and Shell.
Currently, employment is concentrated in the industrial companies, universities and research institutes (types 1 and 2). We expect the third type to grow once quantum applications will have been developed.
Our students can use both the Leiden University and Delft University of Technology career networks in order to orient and prepare themselves for the job market:
❖Our study associations, Vereniging voor Technische Physica (VvTP) and De Leidsche Flesch (DLF) organise career events, such as interesting lectures by possible future employees, researchers and alumni.
❖ Science Career Service
Science Career Service, one of the utilities of the Science faculty, offers information and advice on study (re)orientation, career planning and personal professional profile as well as preparation for the job market, such as job applications. Facilities provided to students include online information, walk-in consultations, workshops and individual counselling sessions. In addition, Science Career Service offers expertise and support to programmes that want to strengthen the connection between their curriculum and the job market. This can vary from providing specific guest lectures/workshops to advising on integrating career orientation programmes into the curriculum.
❖ LU Career Zone
The Leiden University Career Zone is the website for students and alumni of Leiden University to support their (study) career planning. You will find advice, information, video recordings of webinars and tools such as professional tests to get an idea of your personal profile. You can also explore positions and sectors, you will find tips about CV, job application, LinkedIn and there is a vacancy platform that you can make use of.
Leiden University likes to prepare students and young alumni well for the job market. For this we use the knowledge and experience of Leiden alumni. To bring students and young alumni with questions about their careers into contact with experienced alumni, Leiden University has established the Mentornetwerk. Students and young alumni can register for free.
Delft University of Technology
❖ TU Delft Career Centre: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/about-tu-delft/alumni/lifelong-learning/career-centre
Do you have questions about your (study) career choices and has the above information not been able to help you further? Please contact one of the study advisors via academiccounsellor-QIST@tudelft.nl.