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Faculty of Physics and Astronomy

MA Quantum Engineering 120 ECTS

Master`s degree subject Quantum Engineering (M. Sc., 120 ECTS)

Career Goals and Fields of Activity

Due to the comprehensive training in the fundamentals of experimental and theoretical physics as well as chemistry and the in-depth and complementary interdisciplinary training in both basic research and applications in the Master's degree programme, graduates of the Quantum Technology degree programme have the best professional and career opportunities on the labour market in a wide variety of areas, such as

  • in the industrial research and development centres
  • in production companies and project management
  • in the semiconductor industry and coating technology
  • in university and non-university research and development centres
  • as an IT expert, both in companies and as a freelancer

Despite changing economic conditions, the opportunities on the labour market for graduates in quantum technology have long remained very good compared to other academic professions.

Qualification Goals

After successfully completing the programme, graduates have the following skills:

  • Graduates have a high capacity for abstraction, analytical thinking, strong problem-solving skills and the ability to structure complex interrelationships.
  • Graduates have a broad overview of the sub-areas of quantum technology and interdisciplinary contexts.
  • Graduates have in-depth knowledge of the physical and technical principles of quantum technology as well as sound knowledge of the theoretical and experimental methods for gaining new insights.
  • Graduates are able to apply their skills and knowledge in their own projects and have knowledge of the current state of research in at least one specialised area of quantum technology.
  • Graduates are able to familiarise themselves with the current state of research in a specialist field on the basis of primary literature, particularly in English, and to apply physical and technical methods independently to specific tasks, develop solutions and interpret and evaluate the results.
  • Graduates are able to work independently on problems of quantum technology scientifically and in compliance with the rules of good scientific practice, even with incomplete information, and to present, evaluate and defend the results and consequences of their work.
  • Graduates will be able to discuss physical and technical issues with experts at the cutting edge of research and also explain physical issues to non-scientists.
  • Graduates have the ability to work as a responsible scientist in interdisciplinary and international teams of (natural) scientists and/or engineers in research, industry and business.

Scientific Qualification

Qualification Goal Implementation Target Achievement
Graduates have in-depth knowledge of the physical and technical principles of quantum technology. compulsory elective modules seminar presentation, written examination and/or individual oral examination
Graduates will be able to call up a sound knowledge of the theoretical and experimental methods for gaining new insights. MA project modules, MA thesis project work, MA thesis
Graduates can draw on a broad overview of the entire field of quantum technology. compulsory elective modules in the area of specialisation in quantum technology Seminar presentation, written examination and/or individual oral examination
Graduates have an overview of related fields and interdisciplinary contexts. compulsory elective modules in the area of "non-technical minor subject" seminar presentation, written examination and/or individual oral examination
Graduates have a capacity for abstraction, analytical thinking, a high level of problem-solving skills and the ability to structure complex interrelationships. advanced laboratory course, MA project modules, MA thesis experiments, protocols, seminar presentation, project work
Graduates apply their skills and knowledge in their own projects and have knowledge of the current state of research in at least one specialised area of quantum technology. advanced laboratory course, MA project modules, MA thesis experiments, protocols, seminar presentation, project work
Graduates are able to discuss physical issues with experts at the cutting edge of research. advanced seminar, MA project modules, MA thesis seminar presentation, project work
Graduates are able to independently apply physical and mathematical methods to specific experimental or theoretical physical problems, develop solutions and interpret and evaluate the results. MA project modules, MA thesis seminar presentation, project work, MA thesis
Graduates are able to familiarise themselves with the current state of research in a special field of quantum technology using primary literature, particularly in English. advanced seminar, MA thesis seminar presentation, MA thesis

Ability to take up gainful employment

Qualification Goals Implementation Target Achievement
Graduates will be able to work independently on physical and technical problems scientifically and in compliance with the rules of good scientific practice, even with incomplete information, and to present, evaluate and defend the results and consequences of their work. advanced seminar, MA project modules, MA thesis seminar presentation, project work, MA thesis
Graduates have the ability to work as responsible scientists in interdisciplinary and international teams of (natural) scientists and/or engineers in research, industry and business. advanced laboratory course, MA project modules, MA thesis experiments, protocols, seminar presentation, project work
Graduates are able to independently apply physical and technical methods to specific tasks, develop solutions and interpret and evaluate the results. advanced laboratory course, MA project modules, MA thesis experiments, protocols, seminar presentation, project work, MA thesis
Graduates are able to apply their skills and knowledge in their own projects and have knowledge of the current state of research in at least one specialised area of quantum technology. compulsory elective modules, MA project modules seminar presentation, project work, MA thesis

Personality Development

Qualification Goals Implementation Target Achievement
Graduates are able to work independently on scientific problems in quantum technology, even with incomplete information, and to present, evaluate and defend the results and consequences of their work. MA project modules seminar presentation, project work
Graduates know the rules of good scientific practice and observe them. MA project modules, MA thesis seminar presentation, project work, MA thesis

Empowerment for social engagement

Qualification Goals Implementation Target Achievement
Graduates are able to critically reflect on scientific and technical developments and recognise their impact on the economy, society and the environment. (technology assessment). specific compulsory elective modules (e.g. thermodynamics and economics) seminar presentation, written examination and/or individual oral examination
Graduates have expanded their knowledge of economic, social, scientific, cultural, etc. issues and are able to take a well-founded position. They have expanded their knowledge of economic, social, scientific, cultural, etc. issues and can take a well-founded position. current references in modules, MA project modules seminar presentation and MA thesis presentation
Graduates are able to discuss physical and technical issues at the current state of research and explain physical issues to non-scientists. compulsory elective modules, MA project modules seminar presentation, written examination and/or individual oral examination
Graduates have developed the willingness and ability to contribute their competences to participative processes and actively participate in decision-making. commissions and student council committee work and meetings