Taught course

Controlled Quantum Dynamics

Imperial College London · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement for the MRes or the PhD is a first class Honours degree (1st), or equivalent overseas qualification, in physical sciences or engineering.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides a thorough grounding in this exciting field, and is aimed at students with interests in experiment, theory, or both. It draws upon the research strengths at the College in a wide range of topics within the general envelope of controlled quantum dynamics.

Recent theoretical and experimental advances mean that we are now able to exert an extraordinary degree of control over individual quantum systems and to prepare and manipulate groups of interacting quantum systems deterministically.

Bringing these techniques to bear upon both fundamental physics and a new swathe of technologies dependent on strange quantum phenomena defines the emerging field of controlled quantum dynamics.

The Department of Physics is leading an interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Controlled Quantum Dynamics offering a four-year PhD, the first year of which leads to an MRes. Self-funded students may take the MRes by itself as a 12-month full-time course.

A feature of the course is its focus on both theory and experiment, equipping you to enter either avenue of research.

Experimental realisations covered include cold trapped ions and neutral atoms, photonic and superconducting qubits. The focus is on their multi-particle coherence and entanglement properties and upon methods for their preparation, control and read-out. This knowledge is crucial to a broad range of modern technologies and fundamental research (for instance, in quantum information processing) through to industrial applications, such as communication and extremely high precision space and time measurements.

Information for international students

College requires applicants to have taken an English Language test and achieved an acceptable grade or score before admission can be confirmed. For more details see www3.imperial.ac.uk/registry/admission/english_test_pg

Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations45
Written coursework / continuous assessment5
Dissertation50 (30000 words)

Course contact details

Professor Myungshik Kim
+44(0)20 7594 7512