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Academy Review: Thomas More University


Thomas More is the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. It has 12 campuses in 7 cities and forms a community of almost 22,000 students and 1800 staff members and researchers. As a pioneer in the ‘learning by doing’ method, we offer students tailored learning through our innovative labs, hands-on course methodology and real-world project opportunities.

The university offers 42 full bachelor’s degrees, including 10 taught entirely in English, and 19 associate degree programz. It is part of the KU Leuven Association. KU Leuven is ranked #61 in the QS World University Rankings 2024 and 42nd place in the Times Higher Education University Rankings.

Location

These six campuses in the province of Antwerp have programs in English– the cities that the campuses are based in are quite close to each other.

1. Campus De Ham - Mechelen

2. Campus De Nayer - Sint-Katelijne-Waver

3. Campus De Vest - Mechelen

4. Campus Kruidtuin - Mechelen

5. Campus Lucas Faydherbe - Mechelen

6. Campus Geel - Geel

Antwerp province has quite a few airports not far from Antwerp city, such as Brussels Airport (45 km away), Antwerp International Airport (within the city limits of Antwerp), Charleroi Airport (100 km away).

Antwerp is approximately 42 kilometers north of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. The drive between Antwerp and Brussels usually takes 30-45 minutes. The train journey takes 30-40 minutes from city to city.

Mechelen

As a student in Mechelen, you will have many activities and places to visit. Here is the list of places to visit in Mechelen:

1. St. Rumbold's Cathedral, Mechelen City Hall, and the Brusselpoort Gate - architectural gems

2. Here are some restaurants and cafes you should visit in Mechelen. Like Café Belge, a cozy cafe with a selection of Belgian beers, coffee, and light bites. There’s also Bokes&Co, a trendy cafe, De Cirque - contemporary Belgian cuisine.

3. Clubs - Kamikaze, Moonbeat Club, RIO Club, De Loods

4. Botanical Gardens and the Zoo

As a student in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, you will have many activities and places to visit. However, you should remember that the train journey to Mechelen takes approximately 7 minutes and will take approximately 21 minutes to travel by car. Here is the list of places to visit in Sint-Katelijne-Waver:

1. Signature places to visit are Klein, Willebroek Castle, and Hof van Savoye Park.

2. Cafes and restaurants include CAFE Tinnenpoint, Café Roosendael, and Café Ons Parochiehuis.

Geel

The distance between Mechelen and Geel is about 39 kilometers, and the train journey will take about 50 minutes. Therefore, you will have opportunities to visit other cities as well.

Here are some events and places to visit in Geel:

1. Jaarmarkt (Annual Market.)

2. Carnival of Geel (Geel-Kermis) Geel’s carnival is a colorful and fun celebration featuring parades, music, and entertainment.

3. Market Square (Markt) Geel’s Market Square is in the heart of the town. Historic buildings and cafes surround it.

Accommodation

Thomas More University has two accommodation sites, one in Antwerp and another one in Mechelen. The other campus locations offer private accommodation. Prices range from 340 to 550 euro per month.

Campus Kruidtuin - Mechelen

Right in the centre of Mechelen, you'll find the Campus Kruidtuin residence. Thomas More rents out 51 student rooms and four studio flats to students. Two rooms have wheelchair access. For more information, please contact the university directly.

Campus National - Antwerp

The other accommodation site is in Antwerp. Please be aware that none of the Computing programmes occur on this campus, but Antwerp is only a half an hour train ride away from Mechelen en Sint-Katelijne-Waver.

Here you can find more information about the accommodation and private housing.

Study Programs

Here are the bachelor’s programmes offered at the Thomas More University of Applied Sciences:

1. Applied Computer Science – Campus Geel

2. Electronics-ICT – Campus Sint-Katelijne-Waver

3. International Business Management: Data Science, Protection & Security (Specialisation) – Campus Mechelen

Applied Computer Science

Duration: 3 years

Here are some things you will learn during this program:

  • Artificial intelligence, internet of things, cloud computing;
  • Programming languages: Python, Java, PHP, React;
  • How to develop digital solutions for real-life problems;
  • Multiple specialisation tracks to develop your expertise;
  • Utilize advanced application development expertise to generate impactful innovations.

You will have a chance to do a full-time double degree in Finland or Switzerland, and you may be able to complete a full year of study abroad with some international companies.

Thomas More has a close relationship with applied sciences universities in different countries - Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Finland where you can do a semester in English during Year 3 Semester 1.

Year 1

You will explore every aspect of IT, including:

  • Programming (Python, Java)
  • Web design and data analysis (SQL)
  • Computer Networks
  • Operating Systems

Year 2

From Year 2, you will go into the following specializations:

  • Artificial Intelligence: object-oriented programming,
  • Master languages - PHP, Java, WPF and ASP.Net MVC
  • Process Optimization - upgrade business processes with new technologies.

Year 3

Focus on data in the following areas:

  • data gathering,
  • data management,
  • visualization and analysis tools,
  • enterprise content management tools (for example, SharePoint)

Some of the job roles you will be able to work in after graduation:

  • Business analyst,
  • Data consultant,
  • Project manager

You can find more information here.

Electronics – ICT

Duration: 3 years

If you choose to study Electronics - ICT, you can choose from the following two specialties (majors):

1. Electronics

2. ICT Technologies

Electronics Major

Here are some of the things that you will learn during this program:

  • All the trending technologies - innovative electronics, connected devices, the internet of things,
  • You will be able to choose between 2 majors - hardware and software development,
  • Design circuit boards - web applications, mobile solutions, and professional audio and video,
  • Build your app program micro-controllers and design both analog and digital circuits.

Here, you will find the overview of the subjects included in the program:

1. Programming and Technology

2. Embedded Systems

3. Computer Systems

4. Networks, Communications, and Industry

5. Professional Development

6. @Work: Practice Enterprise and Bachelor Thesis

7. Expert Track: Embedded Hardware

8. Expert Track: Embedded Software

Visit the course page here to read more about the modules included in these subjects.

With this degree, you will be able to pursue a career in the following career paths:

  • Hardware and PCB developer,
  • Mobile/RF-communication specialist,
  • Firmware developer,
  • Application programmer,
  • Electronics designer

ICT Major

Here are some of the things that you will learn during this program:

  • Multiple programming languages;
  • Choose between these specialization tracks: Applied Artificial Intelligence, Application Development and Security Systems & Services;
  • Practical experience through real-life projects

Year 1

Lay the foundations of your ICT expertise from programming and configuring to installing software and managing hardware.

Year 2

Choose between 3 expert tracks:

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence: go well beyond the basics, exploring various AI programs and applications.
  • Application Development and Security: Learn to develop web and mobile applications.
  • Systems & Services: Get the skills to set up a range of advanced services locally and in the cloud.

Year 3

Writing Bachelor’s thesis and (international) internship. You and your team will also draw up a business plan for a project of your choice during your course in Entrepreneurship. Your ultimate stepping stone to an exciting career!

With this degree, you will be able to pursue a career in the following career paths:

  • Security manager,
  • AI Cloud engineer,
  • Network or system administrator,
  • Applied AI application developer,
  • Python for AI programmer

More info on:

Read more about this program here.

International Business and Management

Data Science, Protection & Security Track

Duration: 3 years

Here are the things that you will learn during this program:

1. You will get a chance to get an insight into both worlds - business and computing.

2. You will learn the basics of entrepreneurship and management, as well as an introduction to data science.

3. You will boost your cyber security capabilities with the latest technologies and techniques.

Year 1

  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Web Fundamentals
  • Scripting

Year 2

  • Financial Management
  • Dimensional Modeling
  • Cyber Risk Management
  • Data Science Fundamentals

Year 3

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Business Intelligence
  • Data Science Advanced
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

With this degree, you will be able to pursue a career in the following career paths:

  • Cybersecurity analyst,
  • Data Privacy Officer,
  • Forensic Data Analyst,
  • CISO

You can read more information here.

Entry Requirements

The application process at the Thomas More University of Applied Sciences is relatively straight forward. You will need three things to complete your application:

1. Your secondary education diploma. If your diploma is not written in the Latin Alphabet, a translation will be needed. More information can be found here.

2. You will also need to provide an English certificate. There are a few exemptions, check them on the website.

3. A copy of your passport or ID

Admissions Cycle/Procedure

Here you can find the Admissions cycle and procedure for Thomas More University of Applied Sciences. This university has two intakes - Fall and Spring. Do make sure your programme has a start in Spring (not all programmes do). More information can be found here.

EU/ EEA students:

Students from the EU do not have deadlines. However, we suggest that you apply as early as possible as there are many practical aspects that you will have to arrange.

Non-EU/EEA International Students

The deadlines for non-EU students are in June for the Fall intake and in November for the Spring intake (data from 2023). You can find them here.

Thomas More University of Applied Sciences allows candidates to send in an application for the English programmes through their website. Two simple steps to follow. They also provide a screenshot manual should you need extra help. You can find the procedure here.