ProfDip Quantum Engineering

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 20)

Quantum engineering and computing is at the heart of digital transformation and is a long-term research priority area in the EU and worldwide. Access to online quantum computing frameworks, quantum system simulators, and existing quantum computers combined with the progress in high performance computing, materials and electronics for quantum computers accelerated the field over the past decade. This enabled the development of new quantum algorithms and a significant expansion of quantum computing applications. Currently, many problems  are being rethought and reformulated as problems for quantum computing, with some notable examples including modelling of quantum systems, quantum chemistry problems, modelling of physical processes and optimisation problems. The field of quantum computing and engineering is a multidisciplinary field and benefiting from both, academic and industrial leadership and contribution.

The programme allows one to build a focus either on the computational side of quantum engineering & computing and or on the physics of quantum computing. At the core of the programme are two modules covering basic and advanced concept of quantum computing that combine fundamental theory, code and algorithms examples and relating it to physics of qubits. Students already familiar with fundamental concepts of quantum computing can opt for just one of the two modules. Other modules that complement the computation direction of the programme include High performance Computation, Data science/machine learning in python. On the physics side, we offer Foundation of Quantum Mechanics and applied quantum mechanics.

The Professional Diploma comprises one mandatory and three optional five-credit modules in the field of Quantum Engineering. 

***Programme Delivery:​ All lectures are in the morning of weekdays with labs in the afternoon. Remote lectures & labs are available in selected modules however please note that some attendance (usually up to 4 hours per week) may be required on campus as some modules do not have online options. You may also be required to attend in-person exams.

Module Information:

Under the "What modules can I take?" section below you will see general module information, for a more detailed description including module selection rules click here.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

  • Learn the current state of the art in quantum technology and quantum computing, familiarity with available quantum computers
  • Understand and be able to design, model and  send for execution simple quantum circuits and quantum systems
  • Understand the physics and mathematical background behind quantum technology and quantum computing
  • Ability to learn independently and to communicate effectively in the field of quantum computing and engineering

The programme represents an opportunity for those who have previous experience or are currently employed in the field of computer science, computer engineering and electronic engineering who wish to expand their expertise to understand quantum computation and quantum technologies. Many international companies and many major industry partners with presence in Ireland including IBM, Google, Microsoft, Intel. In addition to that the multinational companies in the electronics industry, including Analog Devices, Cadence.

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Spring modules

  • Quantum Computing
  • Data Science in Python
  • Foundation of Quantum Mechanics
  • High Performance Computation (ICHEC)

Autumn modules

  • Machine Learning with Python
  • Applied Quantum Mechanics
  • Introduction to Quantum Computing
  • Maths of Quantum Computation

ProfDip Quantum Engineering (T382) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 2120
nonEU    fee per year - € 6650

***Fees are subject to change

The Advance Centre promotes a Learner Subsidy Fee up to 80% off to promote participation in industry related programmes by reducing a learner fee. This scheme is funded and supported by the Irish Government under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3. The funding applies to year 1 only of the programme. Please see Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should hold an NFQ Level 8 (or international equivalent ) BE degree in Physics, Electrical, Electronic Engineering, Computer Sciences or equivalent.

Applicants are also required to meet the minimum English language requirements in UCD

Programme Director: Assoc Professor Elena Blokhina

"Quantum science and technology are facilitating complex computational tasks to advance the fields of communications, security, modelling, simulations and sensing. Whether you are interested in understanding the foundations of quantum theory or want to try some elements of quantum computations, this programme offers you the opportunity with a combination of blended and face-to-face modules."

The following entry routes are available:

Professional Diploma Quantum Engineering PT (T382)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised