Taught course

Quantum Photonics and Nanomaterials

University of Sheffield · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

You'll need a first class honours degree, or equivalent, in physics.

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year research degree is a chance for you to develop your skills in one of the most exciting areas of modern science. It’s a unique opportunity to gain hi-tech skills that are central to the latest advances in electronics, IT and computing.

This course brings together our expertise in quantum photonics and nanomaterials. There is a particular focus on the study of novel fundamental phenomena in condensed matter systems as well as applications in quantum information processing, photovoltaics and optoelectronics.

Our staff are at the forefront of technological advances. We work with support from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Research Council and the Horizon 2020 programme, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust and the British Council as well as CONACyT, the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico.

Our department attracts postgraduate students from around the world.

Core modules

  • Optical Properties of Solids
  • Semiconductor Physics and Technology
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Solid State Physics
  • Research Skills in Physics
  • Research Project in Physics

Examples of optional modules

  • Magnetic Resonance: Principles and Applications
  • Physics in an Enterprise Culture
  • The Physics of Soft Condensed Matter
  • Statistical Physics
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Further Quantum Mechanics
  • Biological Physics


Teaching is through lectures, research seminars, small group tutorials and oral presentation.

Your supervisor will help you develop your research skills and support you as you work on your research project.


Assessment includes: a project report, literature review, oral presentations, including a viva, formal examinations and short reports and essays.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Fiona Maisey
+44 (0)114 222 3789