Engineering - Quantum Engineering

ProfDip Quantum Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 20)

Quantum engineering and computing is at the heart of digital transformation and is a long-term research priority area in the EU and worldwide. Access to online quantum computing frameworks, quantum system simulators, and existing quantum computers combined with the progress in high performance computing, materials and electronics for quantum computers accelerated the field over the past decade. This enabled the development of new quantum algorithms and a significant expansion of quantum computing applications. Currently, many problems are being rethought and reformulated as problems for quantum computing, with some notable examples including modelling of quantum systems, quantum chemistry problems, modelling of physical processes and optimisation problems. The field of quantum computing and engineering is a multidisciplinary field and benefiting from both, academic and industrial leadership and contribution.

The programme allows one to build a focus either on the computational side of quantum engineering & computing and or on the physics of quantum computing. At the core of the programme are two modules covering basic and advanced concept of quantum computing that combine fundamental theory, code and algorithms examples and relating it to physics of qubits. Students already familiar with fundamental concepts of quantum computing can opt for just one of the two modules. Other modules that complement the computation direction of the programme include High performance Computation, Data science/machine learning in python. On the physics side, we offer Foundation of Quantum Mechanics and applied quantum mechanics.

The Professional Diploma comprises one mandatory and three optional five-credit modules in the field of Quantum Engineering.

Subjects taught

Spring modules
Quantum Computing
Data Science in Python
Foundation of Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Theory of Condensed Matter
High Performance Computation (ICHEC)

Autumn modules
Machine Learning with Python
Applied Quantum Mechanics
Introduction to Quantum Computing
Maths of Quantum Computation

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an NFQ Level 8 (or international equivalent ) BE degree in Physics, Electrical, Electronic Engineering, Computer Sciences or equivalent.

Applicants are also required to meet the minimum English language requirements in UCD. Go to:

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:

Professional Diploma Quantum Engineering PT (T382)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


2 years part-time. Mode of Delivery: Blended.

All lectures are in the morning of weekdays with labs in the afternoon. Remote lectures & labs are available in selected modules however please note that some attendance (usually up to 4 hours per week) may be required on campus as some modules do not have online options. You may also be required to attend in-person exams.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
The programme represents an opportunity for those who have previous experience or are currently employed in the field of computer science, computer engineering and electronic engineering who wish to expand their expertise to understand quantum computation and quantum technologies. Many international companies and many major industry partners with presence in Ireland including IBM, Google, Microsoft, Intel. In addition to that the multinational companies in the electronics industry, including Analog Devices, Cadence.

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    Graduate Certificate,Professional Diploma

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