Quantum Science & Technology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

In the two-year study program, the students will experience research-related training at the interface between natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. It is a joint program between the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU).

Department of Physics

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

Major study fields include Quantum Computing, Quantum Sensing, Quantum Simulation, Quantum Materials and Quantum Cryptography to name only a few. The research field Quantum Science & Technology is firmly grounded on the basic understanding of the principles of quantum mechanics, but also relies on developments in neighboring research areas such as mathematics, information technology, electrical engineering and chemistry. It is for this reason that the two Munich Universities – Technical University of Munich and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich – have joined their forces to establish the interdisciplinary Master’s study program “Quantum Science & Technology“ (QST). 

The study program QST goes significantly beyond the standard teaching program of quantum mechanics as in modern application of quantum technologies (Quantum2.0), the concepts of superposition and entanglement are of central importance. Owing to the complexity of the field, the study program QST aims at students which will work at the forefront of quantum science and who will expand the existing research areas in natural sciences (e.g. physics and chemistry), mathematics and engineering (e.g. computer science and electrical engineering).

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation. (PDF, German)

The Master's program is divided in a course phase in the first two semesters and a research phase in the second year. The base of the course phase is given by the two mandatory courses QST-Experiment: Quantum Hardware and QST-Theory: Quantum Information in combination with special courses where students can chose from a catalogue.  

In the research phase, students particularly benefit from the research environment provided by the Excellence cluster Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST).

In detail:

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

Typische Einsatzfelder für die Absolventen dieses Masterstudienganges sind in der experimentellen Forschungstätigkeit, in der Planung und Dokumentation von Forschungsprojekten sowie in angrenzenden Tätigkeitsfeldern, beispielsweise im Patentwesen, der Entwicklung, der Projektplanung oder auch in Behörden.

Die Absolventinnen und Absolventen des Studiengangs werden ausgebildet, in forschenden interdisziplinären Teams an Universitäten und in der High-Tech Industrie tätig zu werden. Die Gründung oder Mitwirkung an Start-ups, die in der High-Tech-Branche oft direkt aus Universitäten heraus gegründet werden, ist eine weitere Karrieremöglichkeit. Die strategische Verbindung zum Beispiel zur UnternehmerTUM bietet hier eine besonders günstige Synergie-Konstellation.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for the winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview.

In detail:

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies,  you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.

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