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Quantum Information Science & Technology

The MSc Quantum Information Science and Technology (joint degree Master's programme offered by Leiden University and Delft University of Technology) encompasses the understanding, design, construction and investigation of quantum information processing systems, such as quantum computers, quantum communication networks, and quantum sensors. The objective of the MSc programme Quantum Information Science & Technology is to provide its students with in-depth and combined knowledge from the four disciplines (quantum) physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, and computer science in order to enable them to stay at the forefront of fundamental knowledge of quantum technology and develop practical applications in the field.

Please note: this information is a duplicate of the information available at the Delft University of Technology Studyguide. The information at Delft University of Technology Studyguide is leading at all times.

First year

The first year consists of a 5 EC project course, 30 EC in core courses, 1 EC in a professional portfolio course and room for 25EC in profile courses and electives.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Orientation Team Project 5
Homologation 10
Fundamentals of Quantum Information 4
Qubit Dynamics and Quantum Control 4
Quantum Computation and Quantum Programming 4
Quantum Devices and Interfaces 3
Quantum Computer Architecture 5
Equipping the QIST Professional [1/2]

Second year

The second year is composed of a 15 EC multidisciplinary team project and 44 EC reserved for the Master's thesis project. Additional information will be posted in the 2024-2025 study guide.

For the thesis project, students can choose between two orientations:
1. Research and design orientation: a 44 EC research-oriented or design and/or system integration-oriented project in one of the research groups in Leiden or Delft affiliated with the QIST programme.
2. Business orientation: a 30 EC application-oriented research project in collaboration with a company under the final responsibility of a supervisor in one of the research groups affiliated with the QIST programme plus courses for a total of 14 EC on technology management and entrepreneurship.

Specialisation courses

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).

More info

The Master’s programme in Quantum Information Science & Technology is a cooperation between two Dutch universities:

Leiden University:
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

Career Orientation

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.

Leiden University:

❖ 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.

❖ Mentornetwerk
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:

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