Quantum Engineering
(Master of Science)

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© Copyright PTB/AG Mehlstäubler


Course type
Postgraduate studies (Master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Part-time option

Part-time study is optional.

Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: English C1
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Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Quantum mechanics determines our understanding of physical processes on a microscopic scale. More than a century after ground-breaking work began on quantum mechanics, technical developments based on this phenomenon – such as transistors, lasers and global satellite navigation systems – have long since become part of our everyday lives. On the verge of the second quantum revolution, the aim is now to pave the way for the application of fundamental quantum physics in industrial fields. In this context, the combination of knowledge and skills from the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering plays a crucial role. The degree programme closes a gap that previous degree programmes were unable to fill.

The programme primarily teaches students knowledge in all four pillars of quantum technologies: communication, simulation, sensors and computation. Once they have completed the programme, students will be able to use their technological expertise in individual specific fields of application to transfer quantum technology solutions from the basic research laboratory to practice.

The degree programme is offered in cooperation with the Technische Universität Braunschweig. The imported teaching may require students to attend courses in Braunschweig in addition to their regular courses at Leibniz University in Hanover and a hybrid offer.

Course Content

  • Physics, in particular Quantum mechanics
  • Engineering, in particular Electrical engineering
  • Quantum technology
  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum metrology and sensors
  • Quantum simulation
  • Quantum computing
Course Structure

The master’s programme in Quantum Engineering is basically divided into three core elements:

i) compulsory courses from the field of physics,

ii) compulsory elective courses from the field of physics and

iii) compulsory elective courses from the field of engineering.

In the “Compulsory Physics” part, students learn the basics from the areas of competence of quantum technologies.

The “Compulsory Elective Physics” part enables students to choose courses of high practical relevance to current research.

In the “Compulsory Elective Electrical Engineering” part, students are offered a number of courses by the Technische Universität Braunschweig as imported teaching. The curriculum is accompanied by a practical course on various digital hardware systems, and computer-aided data evaluation and simulation. Students gain further practical training by completing a compulsory project in one of the local research groups or during an industrial placement. Finally, the curriculum is complemented by a seminar and key transferable skills.

Students plan their master’s thesis project at the end of the programme, and then implement it during a research internship.

Semester 1 2 3 4
Compulsory Physics

Quantum Optics and
Advanced Solid State Physics 

Compulsory Elective Physics Courses from the field of physics (Non-Classical Matter Wave Metrology, Non-Classical Light, Theoretical Atomic Optics, Optical Frequency Metrology, etc.)    
Compulsory Elective Electrical Engineering Courses from the field of electrical engineering (Technische Universität Braunschweig)    
Practical course Computational Methods, Simulations &
Experimental Control
Project work /
industrial placement
Project work or (quantum)
industrial placement  
Seminar e.g. Scientific Presentation/Communication Skills, Ethics    
Key Transferable Skills Courses from the portfolio offered by the Leibniz Language Centre, Leibniz University IT Services, the Centre for Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning or the faculty    
Master’s thesis   Master’s thesis research internship/
project planning  
Recommended Abilities
  • Experimental and practical orientation
  • Strong interest in the applications of (theoretical) physics
  • Excellent mathematical skills
  • Enjoyment of interdisciplinary exchange
Career Opportunities

Thanks to their profound basic education in quantum mechanics as well as their broad theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of quantum technologies, graduates of the master’s programme are ideally suited to fill the gaps in industry that are continuously emerging on the labour market. Their profile will enable them to pursue both lab work and tasks in manufacturing or research and development. Quantum engineers also have all the requirements to earn a doctorate and pursue a career in academia.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

Or comparable (admission requirements: 20 ECTS mathematics; 8 ECTS quantum mechanics; 5 ECTS wave optics or 5 ECTS electrodynamics)

For master''s degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations:

Application Deadlines

First-year students from Germany and the EU

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

First-year students from non-EU countries (VPD from uni-assist is required)

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students from Germany and the EU (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students from non-EU countries (application in a higher semester)

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester

Quantum Engineering M.Sc. at Leibniz University Hannover & Technische Universität Braunschweig

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30167 Hannover
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30167 Hannover