Education is a crucial element for the building of a quantum economy in New South Wales. The Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) endeavours to foster educational programs from undergraduate and postgraduate course work to vocational education and training (VET) and professional development opportunities.

All programs are supported by the Sydney Quantum Academy, an unincorporated joint venture, funded and managed in partnership between the New South Wales Government, the University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, and Macquarie University.


The SQA PhD Experience Program offers a unique training and research experience for students in the emerging field of quantum technology. Students who complete the program will become quantum-specialised individuals with an edge to stand out amongst graduates in the field.

During the program, students develop technical expertise, receiving leadership and transferable skills through in-house activities and engagement with four of Sydney’s top universities (the University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University).

The program includes a coursework component where students study the core themes of quantum science and technology from both a fundamental theory and a practical perspective. Supplementary activities, such as research seminars and development workshops, provide training in a variety of complementary skills such as entrepreneurship and career development strategies. Together, this program provides a well-rounded training to aid students in their future endeavours.

Students are also offered unrivalled networking opportunities, both within academia and related industries. Students become part of a community branching across all four partner universities, gaining contacts that they will take with them throughout their careers.