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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5411M Quantum Information Science and Technology

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Prof Benjamin Varcoe

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

PHYS5410M Quantum Information SciencePHYS5810M Advanced Quantum Computation

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to describe the applications and limitations of classical information theory and the processes of quantum communications. They will be able to solve numerical examples of problems in transmission of quantum information through noisy channels. They will be able to explain, quantitatively, the fundamental processes of quantum entanglement. They will be able to describe the application of quantum measurements and entanglement to quantum key distribution and quantum metrology, and appreciate the hardware and algorithmic requirements for quantum computation.

Learning outcomes
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of:

In Quantum Computing:
1. Quantum Gates and Circuit Elements
2. Solving Quantum Circuits
3. Quantum Algorithms and Applications

In Information Science:
1. Classical Information Theory
2. Quantum Information Theory
3. Applying information theory to problems in quantum computing


Classical Bits
Entropy and Information
Data Compression
Noisy Channels
Quantum Bits
Helstrom Measurement
General measurement
Holevo bound
Quantum Entanglement
Bell's Inequalities
Dense Coding
Quantum Cryptography
Quantum Metrology
Computational Complexity
Quantum Algorithms
Physical Implementations of Quantum Computation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Office Hour Discussions111.0011.00
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)161.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular Workshops

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentRegular coursework20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Students will have to complete an in-person exam at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. Resits will be in the standard exam format.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:55:13


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