Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Credits: 5

Schedule: 29.10.2018 - 20.02.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tapio Ala-Nissilä, Mikko Alava, Christian Flindt, Adam Foster, Mathias Groth, Pertti Hakonen, Olli Ikkala, Matti Kaivola, Esko Kauppinen, Jose Lado Villanueva, Peter Liljeroth, Peter Lund, Jukka Pekola, Robin Ras, Patrick Rinke, Janne Ruokolainen, Mika Sillanpää, Jaakko Timonen, Filip Tuomisto, Päivi Törmä, Sebastiaan van Dijken

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kay Brandner

Contact information for the course (valid 16.10.2018-21.12.2112):

Lecturer: Kay Brandner (

Exercise tutor: Paul Menczel (

Please contact us via email with any inquiries related to the course. Personal appointments can also be arranged.

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is held by the staff or by visiting scientists. The topics of the course change every year.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    In part I of the course (lectures 1-6), we introduce basic methods to describe the dynamics of open quantum systems and learn how to apply them to problems related to quantum technologies. Part II of the course (lectures 7-12) is concerned with quantum thermodynamics, in particular the modelling and optimisation of thermal devices operating in the quantum realm.

    For more details see:

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Written exam, written home work, and active participation in the exercise classes.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Lectures: 24 hrs (2hrs/week)

    In-class exercises: 24 hrs (2hrs/week)

    Homework: 84 hrs (7hrs/week)

    Total: 132 hrs


Study Material
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course material will be announced on the course web page.


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Tfy-3.4520 Special Course in Theoretical Physics


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Part I (29.10.2018-12.12.2018) + Part II (07.01.2019-15.02.2019)
    • 12  2h-lectures (Mondays, 12:00-14:00, Otakaari 1 M203)
    • 12  2h-exercise-classes (Wednesdays,12:00-14:00, Otakaari 1 M203)