Master of  Quantum Technology

Program code: 5711
CRICOS code: 099450M


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Interested in learning to speak ‘quantum’? Gain the skills to research and develop quantum technologies capable of changing the future of sensing, communications and computation.

  • This 18-month program is the first of its kind in Australia. It offers a unique mix of fundamental and applied physics to give you the knowledge and skill required to succeed in the rapidly expanding quantum technology sector.
  • Develop a foundation in quantum physics theory and study advanced quantum technologies topics such as high-precision sensing, quantum information, communication and computation, noise and error suppression, and quantum error correction.
  • Build on your technical qualifications as an engineering, computer science or mathematics professional through lectures and laboratory-based research projects.
  • Connect with world-leading companies that are competing to employ experts familiar with the principles of quantum mechanics in technological and engineering contexts.

Quantum technologies are finding applications in cryptography, chemistry simulation in medical and industrial processes, and the development of more accurate sensors.

  • Fast Facts

    Global leader

    UQ has pioneered experimental and theoretical quantum science research since the 1980s, when our scientists proposed the first quantum gate. UQ has received close to $100 million of research funding in this field.

  • Campus Facilities

    World-class instruments

    World-class instruments

    You'll have access to UQ’s high-performance fabrication and measurement facilities in optical, superconducting, opto-mechanical and ultra-cold atomic systems.

  • Teaching staff

    Active learning

    The Australian Institute of Physics recognises UQ as the national leader in active learning. You'll learn from experts who have an active research focus and strong industry connections.

Career outcomes

Rapid global investment in quantum technology research and development has created an estimated 20,000 specialist roles, generating a global talent shortage and high earning potential.

You'll be highly sought after by private and public startups as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Google, Intel, IBM and Rigetti Computing that are focusing on fields as diverse as:

  • topological quantum computing
  • quantum information processors
  • new ultra-high precision sensing solutions
  • quantum computer using a photonic approach
  • quantum-safe network encryption solutions
  • new algorithms for quantum computing with applications for computational chemistry and machine learning.

Quantum technologies are anticipated to completely transform several information-rich, digital industries, including finance, data analytics, logistics, energy and health care.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Employability

    Entrepreneurship & commercialisation

    UQ offers entrepreneurship, incubator and business development programs, including the UQ Idea Hub and UQ ilab, for student entrepreneurs. Our two specialist commercialisation companies can also help you turn your ideas and innovations into impact.

  • Research

    Strategic partnerships

    Boeing Research & Technology Australia’s Brisbane-based hub is housed at UQ St Lucia and is the company’s only co-located research team within a university in the Asia-Pacific. UQ also partners with Lockheed Martin and the Defence Science Technology Group.

  • Fast Facts

    A university in the world’s top 50

    UQ is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. Our students have made, and continue to make, genuinely life-changing advances. Become part of UQ’s global network.

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

    Find out more


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Approved bachelor's degree in the same discipline (computer science, engineering, information technology, mathematics, chemistry or statistics), and have completed 4 units (or equivalent) of first year university level mathematics and calculus-based physics.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

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Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Quantum Technology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Quantum Technology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Quantum Technology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,736
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Quantum Technology for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Quantum Technology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Quantum Technology is 5711. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Quantum Technology is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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