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Information 2019-20 edition
The 2019-20 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 (120 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
February 2021
Tuesday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this programme?
The emergence of quantum technology is assuming a change in the base of information and communication technologies, it is one of the emerging technologies that promises to be one of the great revolutions in data processing. It will shake up the technological, financial and other sectors thanks to its data processing capacity, faster than conventional computers, allowing problems to be solved in a more efficient way and carrying out intangible processes. The areas where quantum technology has and will have a long journey are cybersecurity, telecommunications, life sciences (e.g., designing more effective drugs), machine learning, artificial intelligence, materials improvement to generate and distribute energy, among others.

The postgraduate degree in Quantum Technology and Computing deepens the knowledge necessary to work in this field. The new ICT professional profiles will be able to advise, implement and develop projects based on quantum technologies.
  • To increase your knowledge about the basis of quantum technologies from different areas: physics, information theory, computing and telecommunications.
  • To know and understand the diversity of possible applications, based on real cases presented by companies that already use quantum technologies.
  • 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.

Professionals from the Information and Communication Technologies sector who are interested in knowing the theoretical bases, the applications and the new business models of quantum technologies.

Training Content

List of subjects
3 ECTS 24h
In this part of the course an introduction to quantum mechanics and quantum information theory is performed. The five postulates of quantum mechanics as well as its main ideas are presented. In particular, emphasis is made on the notions of pure and mixed states and the crucial concept of entanglement, which is the resource behind all the applications of quantum technologies. The simplest quantum information protocols, e.g. teleportation, and quantum computations, e.g. the Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm, are introduced.
2 ECTS 15h
Quantum and Post-Quantum Telecommunications
Quantum communication offers the possibility to increase the security of data communication by exploiting the properties of quantum particles. This part of the course covers the fundamentals, experimental realizations, and state-of-the-art of the different existing technologies within quantum communications. Protocols such as quantum key distribution, quantum random number generation, and quantum teleportation are introduced, and the main ideas of the experimental realizations explained.
2 ECTS 15h
Quantum Sensors
In this part of the course the main physical phenomena exploited in the realizations of most of quantum experiments are introduced. This includes the light-matter interaction and the ways to enhance it, the basics of quantum optics, opto-mechanical systems, and optoelectronic. The course also presents the ways in which these technologies are applied in metrology, sensing, or quantum memories.
2 ECTS 15h
Quantum Computation
The ideas behind the quantum-speed up of quantum computation are introduced, as well as, more advanced quantum algorithms with realistic applications, e.g. Short algorithm. Both the most promising technologies for the realization of a universal quantum computer and their physical principles are presented. Some emphasis is made on the main obstructions for the construction of a universal quantum computer. Finally, the course finishes with an introduction to the field of quantum error correction.
2 ECTS 15h
Quantum Simulation
As the current technology is still far from the universal quantum computer, an intermediate stage is the realization of a quantum simulator, that is, a machine that allows for the simulation of particular quantum systems or the solution of specific problems. In this course, the main technologies used nowadays as quantum simulators, e.g. optical lattices, are presented and the most relevant problems which they are useful for.
1 ECTS 9h
Practical realizations of quantum technology
In this part of the course different cases of successful companies will be presented, such as Metempsy and Keysight.
1 ECTS 9h
Quantum technologies and business opportunities
In this section we address the following questions:
  • How far are we from quantum technologies leading to daily-life applications?
  • Is it already to make of quantum technologies a profitable company?
2 ECTS 18h
The projects are performed in groups. Students can choose between the following possibilities:
- Creation of a startup (business plan) or definition of the quantum department of a company.
- Technological development: theoretical or experimental.
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.

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.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
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 UAB. PhD Degree in Informatics from 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 APTICC (Association of ICT Professionals of Catalonia).
Academic coordination
  • Rubio-Manzanares, Alfonso

    Partner & CEO at Entanglement Partners. President of Barcelonaqbit.
  • Riera Graells, Arnau

    PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Barcelona. He has worked as a researcher at Potsdam Universität, Max Plack Institute, the Perimeter Institute, the Free University of Berlin and the Institute of Photonic Sciences. His fields of research are quantum information and thermodynamics. As a disseminator he has written several articles and is co-author of the book Critical Economy in the Classroom. He currently works as a teacher, at High School, for the Department of Education and participates in the pedagogical renewal of STEM.
Teaching staff
  • 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.
  • Rubio-Manzanares, Alfonso

    Partner & CEO at Entanglement Partners. President of Barcelonaqbit.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Entanglement Partners, S.L.
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
    • Disseminates the programme in the professional sphere and area of expertise.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

  • Quantum developer.
  • Quantum Advisor.
  • Quantum Engineer.

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