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Quantum Technology, Bachelor of Science (Technology), Master of Science (Technology)
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Quantum technology is a multi-disciplinary field crossing the traditional boundaries between nanophysics, computer science, and electrical engineering.
As a student in this major, you will:
- Gain a fundamental understanding of quantum physics and its real-world technological applications;
- Develop the requisite mathematical proficiency and mastery of physical theories to master the quantum world from a technological standpoint;
- Acquire the skills to conduct experiments on quantum systems and envision future technological advancements;
- Learn to utilize and devise computer algorithms and programs that leverage quantum-mechanical principles.
Throughout your studies, you will develop strong skills in mathematics, physics, computer science, and electrical engineering. Upon completion of your degree, you will have tools to tackle industrial challenges involving quantum physics and develop quantum technologies for the benefit of society.
Quantum Technology is one of the majors in the Aalto University Bachelor'sProgramme in Science and Technology and is taught entirely in English.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction in the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology and the Quantum Technology major is English. The programme is conducted entirely in English, meaning that all courses and exams are in English. For students with sufficient proficiency in Finnish, it is also possible to study the 20-25 credit minor subject of the Bachelor’s degree in Finnish.
Studies at the master’s level can also be completed entirely in English.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Aalto University’s tuition fee for bachelor’s programmes taught in English is 12 000 euros per academic year. Tuition fees apply to citizens of countries other than those of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Aalto University has a scholarship programme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. The scholarship may cover 100% or 50% of the tuition fee.
More information on tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available at the Scholarships and Tuition Fees webpage.
Structure of studies
The bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) is composed of basic studies of the programme (65 ECTS mathematics, programming, industrial engineering and management, obligatory languages, Aalto studies, orientation), the major in quantum technology (65 ECTS including BSc thesis and seminar), the minor (20-25 ECTS) and elective studies (25-30 ECTS).
More information on the programme content and curriculum can be found in the Student Guide. There may be some changes to the courses for the academic years 2024–2026 — the new curricula will be published in April 2024, when they will also be visible in the Student guide.
The compulsory courses introduce students to quantum science and technology, fundamental physics such as the quantum theory and electromagnetism, programming, the necessary analytical and numerical tools from mathematics, as well as key quantum technology topics such as quantum-electric circuits and quantum-information processing. The optional courses cover advanced topics in nanotechnology, quantum mechanics, photonics, materials, quantum computing, and quantum technology.
The Quantum Technology major prepares you for high-tech jobs in the growing quantum technology industry. Quantum technology is a rapidly developing field of engineering, both in Finland and abroad. As such, there is urgent need for experts that can develop quantum solutions to technological challenges in computation, communication, sensing, and simulation. The Quantum Technology Bachelor’s degree gives you an ideal basis to become a future maker in quantum engineering.
The Quantum Technology major includes the following topics:
- Quantum devices for advanced technologies
- Quantum-information processing, communication, and algorithms
- Quantum sensing and simulation
- Nanoscale quantum circuits and processors
- Low-temperature physics and materials science for quantum engineering
- Theoretical description and understanding of quantum systems
The major in the bachelor's degree is Quantum Technology.
The study environment in Aalto University is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups.
Aalto University also offers diverse possibilities for developing your global competence, e.g., by completing part of the degree abroad in an international partner university (exchange studies), conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad, or acting as a tutor for first-year students.
Further study opportunities
As a student of the Quantum Technology major, you are entitled to continue your studies at the Master’s level at Aalto University. The major gives you a solid basis for further studies in the Aalto University Master’s programmes, for example, in the Materials Physics and Quantum Technology major that is part of the MSc in Engineering Physics. Other degree options at Aalto include those in electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics and algorithms.
More information can be found in the Student Guide.
With a Quantum Technology Bachelor’s degree, you will have long-standing career prospects in areas that require strong expertise in quantum science and analytical skills. After the completion of a Master’s degree, quantum-technology students can find employment in a wide range of industries and research institutions. Quantum technology experts can work as research engineers in high-tech companies focusing on computation, communication, or sensing technologies based on quantum physics. Similar employment opportunities exist in governmental research institutions. Quantum technology experts may also work as patent officers focusing on quantum engineering. A doctoral degree in quantum technology is possible for those who wish to do research in the field.
Possible job types include:
- Quantum engineer in industry
- Research and development engineer
- Quantum technology specialist
- Quantum technology scientist
- Quantum software programmer
- Technology consultant
- Banking and finance
Vivian Phan is a BSc graduate of Aalto University’s Quantum Technology studies and worked as part of the Micro and Quantum Systems research group. She shares what it’s like to build a career in a field that’s new and will most likely have its biggest impact years or decades from now.
The research in quantum technology at Aalto University is strong in several selected areas, some of which are covered by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology (QTF). These include low-temperature quantum phenomena, superconducting circuits, topological materials, ultracold gasses, quantum computing and communication, quantum sensing, quantum information processing, integrated photonic technologies, laser physics, and solid-state quantum physics. The Quantum Technology major is an excellent starting point for research in the field. The students will encounter timely research questions early in their studies.
Co-operation with other parties
The Quantum Technology major is a joint effort between Aalto School of Science (SCI) and Aalto School of Electrical Engineering (ELEC). As such, the degree programme has access to a large pool of dedicated teachers from different fields of engineering, including mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, and quantum science and technology. The research in quantum technology is international and includes both national and international collaborators, for example VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, CSC-IT Center for Science, the Quantum Flagship of the European Union, as well as many foreign research institutions and companies. Aalto University collaborates closely with the other technical universities in the Nordic region, and the university has an extended network of partner organizations in Europe and overseas. Frequent exchange of staff and students between these environments forms a cornerstone of quantum-technology research and education.
The Quantum Technology major contributes to the development of quantum technologies in Finland, and it has strong ties to international activities across the world. This enables the programme to integrate visiting professors in the training of quantum-technology students and to develop collaborative learning and research projects with companies and research institutions.
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In September 2018, we received 39 new students in the Data Science and Digital Systems and Design majors that are part of the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology taught in English. About one third of the new students in this programme are from Finland, while the rest are from countries like Vietnam, South Korea, India, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Russia, Italy and the USA.
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