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Master
Quantum Computer Science

Study programme

Quantum Computer Science consists of compulsory core courses, restricted-choice and free-choice courses and a research project. In your first year you take four compulsory core courses (27 ECTS) and choose 24 ECTS from the selection of restricted-choice courses. In the second year, you work on an individual quantum research project for 30ECTS and can opt for a project extension, internship or free-choice courses for an additional 24ECTS. 

The curriculum of the Master’s Quantum Computer Science leaves ample space for you to explore what you find interesting in and around the fields of quantum computing and quantum information theory.  

As part of the second-year quantum project, you may do an internship at a quantum computing company or related organisation. Quantum Delta NL (QDNL) can facilitate and coordinate a wide range of projects and endeavours with renowned scholars in the field of quantum computer science. An example is the Quantum Application Lab (QAL), situated at Amsterdam Science Park.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Quantum Computing
    Period 1
    Period 2
    8
  • Introduction to Quantum Hardware
    Period 1
    Period 2
    6
  • Near-term Quantum Computing
    Period 2
    3
  • Quantum Programming Project
    Period 3
    3
  • Quantum Information Theory
    Period 4
    Period 5
    8
  • Orientation Year 2
    Period 4
    Period 5
    1
  • Quantum in Society
    Period 6
    3
  • Advanced Quantum Algorithms
    Period 4
    6
  • Full-stack Quantum Computing
    Period 4
    6
  • Quantum Cryptography
    Period 5
    6
  • Advanced Numerical Methods in Many-Body Physics
    Period 5
    6
  • Quantum in Business
    Period 6
    3
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Master Thesis & Seminar
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    30
  • Extended Master Thesis
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    24
  • Quantum Internship
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    24
  • Elective space
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    24
  • Selected Topics in Quantum Information Processing
    Period 1
    6
  • Advanced Quantum Information Theory
    Period 2
    6
Compulsory course
Elective

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Quantum Computer Science Master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. Read more about the specific system requirements for your system on the website.

FAQ's
  • Is there a pre-Master’s programme?

    We do not offer a pre-Master’s programme

  • Is distance education an option?

    The Master's programme Quantum Computer Science does not offer the possibility of distance education, since students need to attend lectures and practical sessions in order to complete the programme successfully.

  • What kind of electives can I take?

    We encourage you to take courses of your interest that complement the Quantum Computer Science programme. For instance, you can take a great number of excellent related courses from the UvA Masters’s in Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Logic, Computer Science, and Chemistry. You can also enroll in courses from the national MasterMath programme. A comprehensive list of recommended courses will be provided.

    Information and conditions about electives can be found here. Please note that due to limited capacity of the courses students of the respective Master's programme have priority.