Bachelor in Information Management and Multimedia - International Data Science, Protection & Security specialisation

General

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Program Description

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Are you passionate about the newest digital tools that help make organizations more intelligent? Do you want to learn how to filter valuable information from a mass of data, how to make this information accessible by visualizing it, and how to secure this data efficiently and with purpose? Enter the options Cyber Security Expert or Datamanager!

  • Netflix knows you better than your own sweetheart those and it always offers you the perfect movie. And Trivago knows, even before you have clicked anything, that you are planning a city trip to Dublin. Data is big business. We teach you how to make companies and organizations more intelligent through data. How to disclose raw data and how to make it accessible. And how companies can use this to further develop their business.
  • You never cease to be interested in the newest IT-technologies. As such, you are also aware that technology has its weak sides and that hackers can take advantage of those. Phishing, hacking, ransomware, etc. Making sure that data and information don’t end up in the wrong hands is a hot issue. You want to know more about security techniques and how to apply them with focus.
  • You are attracted by company life. The processes, strategies, and structures in a company fascinate you. The programme combines the best of both worlds: business and technology. The accent is put on better and more efficient data management in a business environment, through the use of informatics. And you absolutely don’t need to be a computer freak to do so!
  • We will prepare you to be an expert in information security and data management. You will learn how to translate your knowledge and insights in a comprehensible manner, from computer-talk to human-talk. Computer lingo is one thing. Knowing how to ask the relevant questions, listen actively and formulate comprehensible responses is at least as important.
  • What can you expect? Not an academic education based on heavy manuals, but a hands-on approach! From the first year, we submerge you in actual company life. Thorough project-work, real-life case study’s, participation in congresses, and lectors and guest-speakers straight from the business world: check! To top all of this off, during your last year, you will have an internship of an entire term.
  • A few important courses will be organised in 6-week modules. As such, we can spread out the study load and the exams, and we can offer you feedback more quickly. Win-win!
  • Your job security is ascertained! The demand for data managers en security experts has grown exponentially these last couple of years. Thanks to the unique combination of technical know-how, insight into data and your managerial background, companies will be lining up for you!

Data is big business. Learn how to make companies and organizations more intelligent through data. We’ll put you on the right track to becoming an expert in the field of information security and data management.

Students in this programme learn how to translate knowledge and insights in an easily intelligible way, from computer-talk to human-talk. The courses include an introduction to Cyber Security programming, which is indispensable for the processing and management of data, and students learn to build and fill dashboards, which help companies serve their businesses and customers as efficiently as possible.

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Overview

Phase 1

We will teach you the technological tools that allow you to get started with databases and large quantities of data. You will learn how to programme and get an introduction into cybersecurity: essential for the processing and administration of data. You will learn how to build dashboards in order to allow companies to help their own business and their clients more efficiently.

We show you the technical tricks and techniques that allow you to get working with hacking tools and defence techniques such as security against digital burglary, forensic analysis, and firewalls. Through practice, you will discover the meaning and strength of terms such as “security by design” and “privacy by design”.

You also will be taught the basic principles of entrepreneurship, financial management, (project)management, law, personal development, communication and giving presentations.

Phase 2

After concluding the first phase, it is now time to go that extra mile. You don’t have to choose between Data or Security, this programme combines the best of both worlds!

We mimic life-like environments that you use as your playing field. We simulate cyberattacks and teach you how to detect any weak spots in the security. You learn to think like a hacker and how to anticipate the way a smart security expert should. Game on!

At the end of the course, you get the opportunity to become a Certified Ethical Hacker!

The management courses will also move on to the next level: you will get the opportunity to further develop your strategic and financial knowledge as well as your communication skills.

Phase 3

After learning to think and act like a hacker, you take the role of a security expert in this phase: make a secure network and build firewalls to protect it.

In this world of big data, it is also important to learn the principles of artificial intelligence and machine learning. How can the computer make predictions and decisions based on processing historical data?

And finally, time to try everything “for real”! The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Thomas More sends out its sons and daughters to one of the many companies that are looking for passionate students.

For one entire term, you will do an internship in a company such as Cronos, Ordina, IBM, KPMG, iAdvise, Contribute Group, Ordina, Cranium or Digipolis.

During your last year, you will also work on a bachelors’ thesis. In this too, we will optimally support you!

In practice

Practice will be the common thread throughout your programme. Thanks to projects with companies you will get the opportunity to test new technology in an actual working environment. You will get assignments taken straight from the heart of the business.

To top it all off, you will conclude this option with a full term of the internship. Our students have already made impressions in companies such as Telenet, ING, Deloitte, KBC, Cronos, Keyrus, Proximus and Delta Lloyd.

Personal mentoring

Each year’s classes are divided into two parts that each last 13 weeks. During those 13 weeks, we focus intensely on a select number of classes. At the end of this period, there are exams. As such, we can spread out the study load more evenly throughout the academic year. What’s more, this means we can focus more on personal mentorship and feedback. Practical exercises, group projects, cooperation, and sharing knowledge are all central.

All of this mentorship and knowledge you will receive from (guest) lectors that are firmly grounded in the business world. Add to that a healthy no-nonsense approach, and you end up with a unique mix of authenticity, expertise, and coaching!

Course

Phase 1

  • Business Fundamentals
  • Business Communication
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Personal development
  • Inspiration Lab
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Web Fundamentals
  • Databases
  • Information Security Fundamentals
  • Privacy & Sensitive Information
  • Business Intelligence
  • Analytical Intelligence
  • Scripting

Phase 2

  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Programming Web
  • Webservices
  • Dimensional Modeling
  • Data Integration
  • Data Science Basics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Data Protection Expert Class
  • Hacking
  • Organisation & Information Security Policy
  • Management Skills
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Business Communication Topics

Phase 3

  • Financial Management
  • Business Intelligence Advanced
  • Internship
  • Graduation Project
  • Data Science Expert Topics
  • Customer Insights
  • Business Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery
  • Integrated Security Lab
  • AI/ML @ Work
  • Ethical managerial problem-solving
  • Business Communication

Admissions

EEA candidates

Application procedure
  1. Apply online: submit an online application.
  2. File assessment (+- 2 weeks) & Submit supporting documents (if you haven’t already provided all the necessary documents).
  3. If approved, you will receive a letter of admission.
  4. Register online.
  5. Start your student life!
Admission requirements
  • Diploma requirements:
    if you’re qualified to start an equivalent programme in higher education in the country where you completed your secondary education, then you’re qualified for admission to Thomas More. Additional requirements may be set for candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state.
  • Language requirements:
    you need to be reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).
  • Additional requirements for abridged programmes and postgraduates:
    Those applying to our abridged programmes and postgraduates will have some extra requirements to meet in addition to the standard diploma and language requirements. Please check the programme’s webpage to find detailed information about the requirements as well as the contact details of the programme manager. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need assistance.

Non-EEA candidates

Application procedure
  1. Apply online: submit an online application.
  2. File assessment (+- 2 weeks) & submit supporting documents (if you haven’t already provided all the necessary documents).
  3. If approved, pay the tuition fee for 1 semester.
  4. Receive digital registration certificate
  5. Apply for a student visa.
  6. Register online.
  7. Start your student life!
Admission requirements
  • Diploma requirements:
    if you’re qualified to start an equivalent programme in higher education in the country where you completed your secondary education, then you’re qualified for admission to Thomas More. Additional requirements may be set for candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state.
  • Language requirements:
    you need to be reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).
  • Additional requirements for abridged programmes and postgraduates:
    Those applying to our abridged programmes and postgraduates will have some extra requirements to meet in addition to the standard diploma and language requirements. Please check the programme’s webpage to find detailed information about the requirements as well as the contact details of the programme manager. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need assistance.

Immigration and visas in Belgium

  • Students coming from the European Economic Area, Monaco or Switzerland can enrol in an undergraduate degree programme in Belgium without a student visa.
  • All other students need to apply for a visa before coming to Belgium. You can apply at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in your country or in the country where you legally reside.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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