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Information 2021-2022 edition
The 2021-2022 edition of the postgraduate course has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
1st Edition
15 ECTS (126 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
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The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
October 2022
Tuesday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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Why this postgraduate course?
Quantum engineering concerns the development of technology that is based on quantum physics, i.e., on the physical laws that describe the world at microscopic scale. The mathematical framework provided by quantum information theory together with the experimental advances in preparing and manipulating systems of very small sizes, have opened the route to the so-called second quantum revolution, heralding radical changes in technology.

Such technologies have the potential to offer new and better methods to solve challenging problems. Thanks to their large data processing capacity which is inherently parallel, some problems in communications, computation, cybersecurity, sensing and simulations can be solved faster and more efficiently. Additionally, it is expected that quantum technologies will impact certain areas in chemistry, material sciences, biology, medicine, artificial intelligence and machine learning to name a few.

In Europe, there is an increasing demand of engineers specifically trained to use the laws of quantum physics for technological applications. The Quantum Engineering Postgraduate Degree aims at providing an initial comprehensive training on quantum technologies to engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer sciences or professionals from the information and communication technologies (TIC) interested in the rapidly evolving field of technology. This new profiles will be able to implement and develop projects based on quantum technologies.

  • To provide a scientific basis on quantum technologies merging knowledge from physics, information theory, computing science and telecommunications.
  • To know, understand and get acquainted with quantum technologies developed by some pioneering companies on the field.
  • To acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about new business models around quantum technologies.
Who is it for?
Graduates in mathematics, physics, computing, telecommunications, industrial engineering, civil engineering and other engineering studies.

Professionals from the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector interested in knowing the theoretical bases, applications and new business models quantum technologies might offer.

Training Content

List of subjects
4 ECTS 39h
Theoretical Background on Quantum Physics
This block includes the basic concepts of quantum physics needed to handle quantum technologies. An extensive revision of the foundational pillars of quantum physics together with its appropriate mathematical formalism will be presented. Crucial concepts like entanglement, superposition, coherence, non-locality, pivotal for quantum technologies will be discussed and exemplified in physical implementable set-ups.
6 ECTS 51h
Basic Elements of Quantum Technologies
This block of the postgraduate covers, in a self-consistent way, the four main pillars of present quantum technologies namely: quantum communication aiming at increasing security and efficiency of data transfer; quantum computing aiming at solving hard or intractable computational problems with classical computers; quantum simulations providing concrete solutions for concrete hard computational problems and quantum sensing and metrology aiming at dramatic increase on the accuracy in parameter estimation. This part of the course covers both basic ideas, experimental realizations and a thorough overview of the state-of-the-art and the potential quantum advantage of future technologies.
2 ECTS 21h
Market Development of Quantum Technologies
This third block includes, on the one hand, a review of the different platforms used for quantum technologies including optical systems, solid state systems, atoms, ions, superconducting circuits. For the analysis of quantum technologies market development, different cases of successful companies operating both at national and/or international level will be presented.
3 ECTS 15h
This final block deals with the realization of the postgraduate final project (PFP) under the guidance of one of the tutors of the postgraduate course. The PFP, compulsory, will deal with theoretical or practical developments of quantum technologies. The PFP will be publicly defended and evaluate in order to obtain the corresponding degree.
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Castell Ariño, Núria
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    Master's Degree in Informatics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). PhD Degree in Informatics from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Tenured professor of Computer Science Department at the UPC. Expert in the design of new curricula, particularly in international programs (Atlantis, Erasmus). Dean of the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB - UPC) from 2010 to 2017. Member of the Natural Language Processing research group, within the IDEAI specific research center (Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence). Member of the advisory board of the Association of ICT Professionals of Catalonia (APTICC).
  • Sanpera Trigueros, Anna

    PhD in Physical Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona (UAB). Researcher at Oxford University (1993-96), Paris -Saclay (1997-98) and qualified professor at Leibnitz, Hannover University (1999-2004). Since 2005 ICREA - Professor in the Quantum Information group at the UAB. Currently, member of the Strategic Advisory Board in Quantum Technologies (2019-2022) of the European Community, Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Plank Institute of Science of Light, Germany (2019-2024) and of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck (Austria).
Teaching staff
  • Acin, Antonio
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    ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) Research Professor at ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences. Degree in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). PhD in Theoretical Physics in 2001 from the UB. Post-doc in Geneva until 2003. Since 2003, leader of the Quantum Information Theory group. 4 grants from the European Research Council: 1 Starting, 1 Proof of Concept, 1 Consolidator and 1 Advanced Grant, the latter starting in 2020. AXA Chair in Quantum Information Science in 2016.
  • Ahufinger, Verònica

    Associate professor of the Physics Department at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Marie Curie Fellow (Leibniz Universität, Germany); ICREA researcher at UAB. Sixty-two peer-reviewed publications and one book. Supervision of four PhD Thesis (currently three more), ten Master Thesis and  final degree works. PhD extraordinary award and excellence research award (UAB). 2011-14, Physics academic coordinator; June 2014-September 2016, vice-dean of the Faculty of Sciences; July 2016 -July 2018, scientific collaborator of the Agencia Estatal de Investigación.
  • Almendros Parra, Marc
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    PhD in Aerospace Science and Technology with focus on long-distance quantum communications from  Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Telecommunications Engineering from La Salle - Universitat Ramon Llull. MBA from Esade Business School. He is the former CEO of Signadyne, an ICFO's spin-off that was acquired by Keysight in 2016. Currently, Technical Director of Keysight's Quantum Engineering Solutions group (QES). He is the co-author of a dozen papers about trapping and manipulation of single ions, and the co-inventor of two patents around Field-programmable gate array (FPGA), synchronization and real-time technologies.
  • Brieva, Erik

    A Computer Engineer and the holder of a Master's degree in Computer Graphics. He was director of marketing at Red Hat and is currently CEO of Strands. A multiple entrepreneur and executive in innovative companies, he was the founder of Polymita (acquired by Red Hat), Enzyme (acquired by the Nexe Group), Intelligent Software Components S.A. (acquired by a Private Equity fund), Altea Consulting, iSOFACT and Wannay. Guest lecturer at IESE, Esade and the UPM.
  • Calsamiglia Costa, John
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    Degree in Physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Postgraduate studies in theoretical physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). PhD at the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP). He held postdoctoral positions in Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics(CFA), University of Connecticut (UCONN), Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU) and Universität Innsbruck, where he was an assistant professor until 2005. He returned to UAB with a Ramón y Cajal fellowship. Professor with tenure at UAB since 2010, ICREA Academy since 2021. His research interests are centred on quantum information, quantum statistical inference, non-classicality and quantum learning.
  • Castell Ariño, Núria
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    Master's Degree in Informatics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). PhD Degree in Informatics from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Tenured professor of Computer Science Department at the UPC. Expert in the design of new curricula, particularly in international programs (Atlantis, Erasmus). Dean of the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB - UPC) from 2010 to 2017. Member of the Natural Language Processing research group, within the IDEAI specific research center (Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence). Member of the advisory board of the Association of ICT Professionals of Catalonia (APTICC).
  • Chang, Darrick

    Bachelor's degree in Physics from Stanford University, PhD in Physics from Harvard University. Postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology. Professor at The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) and leader of the Theoretical Quantum Nanophotonics Group since 2011. Broad research interests, both fundamental and applied, covering the quantum interactions between light and matter at the nanoscale. Collaborates with leading experimental groups worldwide.
  • Cuevas Seguel, Alvaro

    He has started his career at the University of Concepción, Chile, where he studied in-fiber loophole-free Bell tests. Later, he obtained his Ph.D. at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where he studied photon/polariton entanglement, and photonic simulations of quantum walks and open quantum systems. He is a physicist in the field of quantum optics. He is currently a postdoc in the Optoelectronics group lead by Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri at the Institute of Photonic Sciences, where his work is focused on quantum imaging technologies.
  • Dauphin, Alexandre
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    PhD in Theoretical Physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Currently La Caixa junior leader fellow at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). New Journal of Physics Early Career Award in 2019. Editorial board member of New Journal of Physics. Member of the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS).
  • de la Puente González, Salvador
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    Degree in Computer Engineering from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is currently one of the technical leaders at IBM Quantum, particularly in the community area, where he is committed to making quantum computing more accessible to students, technicians, researchers and enthusiasts. He has more than 14 years of experience in product development and R+D+i, and has worked for international companies including Telefónica I+D and Mozilla on cutting-edge projects such as Firefox OS, progressive web applications and virtual reality for the web.
  • Forn Díaz, Pol
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    PhD in Physics from the Techniseche Universiteit Delft in quantum information and quantum optics using superconducting circuits. A postdoctoral researcher at Caltech, in Professor H.J. Kimble's Laboratory on cold atoms, and at the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Canada, on superconducting circuits. He is currently the leader of the Quantum Computing Technology group at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE), researching quantum computing with superconducting circuits. Co-founder of the startup Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech. Author of various high impact articles.
  • Garcia Saez, Artur

    PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona and the Yang Institute of Theoretical Physics. He graduated in Engineering. Currently, he works at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. His research focuses on the relationship between quantum algorithms and machine learning. He previously conducted research on quantum information and condensed matter at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO).
  • Julia Diaz, Bruno

    PhD in Physics from the University of Salamanca. Lecturer at the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics of the University of Barcelona. Member of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB). He works in research in quantum technologies, many-body quantum physics and ultra-cold gases.

  • Lizaso Olmos, Jesus Enrique
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    A graduate in Mathematics from the University of Barcelona (UB). He holds a degree in Technical Computer Engineering from the Spanish National University of Distance Education. A graduate in Medicine from the University of Navarre. He holds an MBA from IESE Business School. Holds a Doctorate in Biostatistics from the UB. A lecturer at the University of Vic and EAE Business School. Deputy CEO at Unnim Bank. Business Director at Caixa Terrassa. The founder of Blocktac, a leading company in blockchain technologies for digital identification in Food & Beverages and other FMCGs. CEO of Multiverse Computing, a world leader in the application of Quantum Computing in Finance.
  • Martinez Saavedra, Jose Ramon
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    PhD in Photonics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). He is currently working at the startup Quside Technologies as director of computing activities, in both the area of high performance computing (HPC), and in the area of new technologies applied to computing
  • Mitchell, Morgan

    Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 with a thesis on the quantum optics of photon-photon interactions. He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and the University of Toronto. ICREA Professor at ICFO since 2011. His research activities focus on quantum optics, quantum sensing, and quantum technologies.
  • Mompart Penina, Jordi
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    PhD in Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Visiting researcher at University College Cork, Unviersità degli Studi di Milano, University of Münster, Texas A&M University, Leibniz Universität Hannover, University of Karlsruhe, and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technonology. Author of more than 100 articles and three patents. Co-editor of the book "Applied Bohmian mechanics: from nanoscale systems to cosmology" Pan Stanford Publishing, 2012 and 2019. Director of 8 PhD Thesis.
  • Muñoz Tapia, Ramon

    Currently, professor of theoretical physics at UAB. He graduated from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and did his PhD at the University of Barcelona. He was Fleming and Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Durham (UK) and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Granada. He is one the founders of the Quantum Information Group (GIQ) at UAB. He is author of around 70 publications in international journals and has been invited reseracher in many international centres.
  • Pérez Torres, Juan

    Professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and group leader at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). His research interests are in the area of Photonics and Quantum engineering. It combines theory and experiments. It covers a diffuse area between Linear Optics, Nonlinear Optics and Quantum Optics. It is also a combination of basic science and photonics engineering, where answering fundamental questions might help designing new solutions to new problems, or different solutions to old problems
  • Rodríguez Fonollosa, Javier
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    PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Northeastern University of Boston. A university professor in the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He has more than twenty-seven years of experience as a full-time lecturer at the UPC's Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering in Barcelona and the management of Spanish and international research projects totalling 7.5 M. Since January 2018, he has led the UPC's involvement in the QUANTUMCAT project on quantum technologies in the pillar of quantum Shannon theory.
  • Sanpera Izoard, Jaume
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    Telecommunications Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Programa de Alta Dirección (PADE) from IESE Business School-University of Navarra. Master in Business Administration MIM from Esade. Currently, co-founder and CEO at Sateliot, first Satellite Telecommunications Operator that will provide global and continuous connectivity to all the elements that will make up the IoT universe. Founder and Co-founder of various companies mainly telecommunications: Eurona, Ambientum, Cidec, Technotrends, Festuc, etc. His consolidation in the Telecommunications Industry makes him a very present figure in the media, forums and other information and broadcasting platforms.
  • Sanpera Trigueros, Anna

    PhD in Physical Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona (UAB). Researcher at Oxford University (1993-96), Paris -Saclay (1997-98) and qualified professor at Leibnitz, Hannover University (1999-2004). Since 2005 ICREA - Professor in the Quantum Information group at the UAB. Currently, member of the Strategic Advisory Board in Quantum Technologies (2019-2022) of the European Community, Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Plank Institute of Science of Light, Germany (2019-2024) and of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck (Austria).
  • Sentís Herrera, Gael

    PhD in Physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He has been affiliated with the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) and the Univesität Siegen (Germany). Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow from 2018 to 2020. Currently, he is a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Quantum Information Group (GIQ) at the UAB. He is an expert in quantum statistical inference, machine learning and quantum entanglement.
  • Skoteiniotis, Michail
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    MSc and PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Calgary, Canada. I was a post-doctoral fellow for 3.5 years at the Institute for theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck. I arrived at the Quantum Information Group of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2016 as a Juan de la Cierva research fellow. Since then, I have been involved in several R&D projects (Spanish and European) focusing on applications of quantum theory to statistical inference, quantum communication and computation, quantum resource theories, as well as quantum foundations.
  • Tarruell, Leticia

    PhD at Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS Paris). Post-doc at ETH Zurich. Chargée de Recherche CNRS at Institut d'Optique Bordeaux. Since 2013 leader of the Ultracold Quantum Gases experimental group at Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). Her research focuses on experimental quantum simulation with ultracold quantum gases. She is author of 24 publications, including 1 in Nature, 2 in Science, and 7 in Physical Review Letter. She was awarded the 2015 Real Sociedad Española de Física (RSEF) prize "Investigador Novel en Física Experimental".

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Grup d'Informació Quàntica UAB
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
  • ICFO- Institut de Ciències Fotòniques
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Quantum developer.
  • Quantum advisor.
  • Quantum engineer.

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