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Studying at the Faculty of Science

  1. Degrees
  2. Career prospects
  3. Resumption of studies
  4. Registration
  5. Transition from secondary to university
  6. Getting prepared for your entry at the Faculty of Science
  7. Openness to the business world and to research
  8. Placements, stays abroad
  9. Language class
  10. The campus, the city and student life

Degrees

Mons awards the following degrees:

  • Bachelor (180 credits, Bac+3), sanctioning three years of the first academic cycle,
  • Master with subspecializations (120 credits, Bac+5), sanctioning two years of the second academic cycle,
  • Doctorate (Bac+8),
  • Agrégation (Certificate of higher secondary education), ,
  • CAPAES (teaching certificate appropriate to higher education)

At Charleroi the following degrees can be obained in part-time studies:

  • Master in computer science - management-orientation (in collaboration with ULB)

Each year of study, except the Certificate of higher secondary education, comprises a series of courses and activities for 60 credits.

Each subspecialization of the 2 years Master' s programmes comprises classes, seminars and specific placements, for 30 credits among the 120 credits of these programmes. The three types of subspecializations are:

  • the teaching focus, which provides a specific teaching training to future teachers in accordance with the decree of 8 February 2001 defining the initial training of Upper Secondary School Teachers. It is organized only for degrees corresponding to the degrees that are needed for this profession, the study programme is based on that of the Certificate of higher secondary education;
  • the research focus, that prepares students for scientific research; it includes in-depth education in a particular discipline and a well-rounded education preparing for research work;
  • the professional focuses, that aims at developing skills specific to certain categories of professions made accessible from the specified discipline.

In accordance with the decree of 31 March 2004, the Faculty organizes a master's programme in one year, without subspecialization, in each discipline.

Career prospects

With the increasing presence of new technologies in the private sector, career prospects for graduates of the Faculty of Science are likely to develop more rapidly. Mathematicians, physicists, biologists, chemists and computer specialists can expect good job opportunities. The development of mathematical models in finance and biotechnologies offers new prospects for mathematicians. Moreover, the emergence of ecological ideas together with sustainable development creates new career prospects for graduates in biology.

The sector of novel materials and biomaterials has a demand for chemists and physicists. And in all sectors there is a demand for computer specialists or scientists who took IT as a component in their studies.

Companies more and more appreciate graduates in sciences for their multi-field education, their scientific rigour, their adaptability and their capacity to solve a wide range of problems.

In parallel, education at the Faculty of Science in Mons integrated several professional focuses to answer the increasing demand from the industrial world. In these subspecializations, the practice of internships, either in Belgium or abroad, during the masters programme is widespread.

Notwithstanding the general belief that science studies are mainly focused on teaching in higher secondary education, the majority of our graduates work in the IT-, banking, pharmaceutical, insurance, finance, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemistry, optics, glass producing sectors, as well as in private or public research centres.

In addition, this offer increased on behalf of companies entering the competition, whereas the demand for science teachers, especially in mathematics, has been strikingly strong for several years. Nearly every year there is a shortage in these professions.

For adults returning to education

The Faculty of Science of Mons implemented programmes or teaching measures intended for adults returning to education, in accordance with the decree on “bridging courses” and “Accreditation of the personal experience”. In Charleroi, it organizes, in co-operation with ULB, part-time courses for postgraduates : the masters in IT, management orientation. Admissions terms for this masters degree are detailed on this page.

For any request on these personalized admissions, please contact the Faculty secretariat of Science.

It should also be mentioned that unemployed graduates returning to education in specific disciplines are allowed to perceive their benefits, as there is a situation of shortage for science and mathematics teachers.

Registration

There is neither an entry examination, nor are admissions to studies at the Faculty of Science subject to quotas. All information on registration procedures is accessible from the Registration and Certificate service's website..

Transition from secondary to university

The Faculty of Science has, since the middle of the years 1990, developed an original programme of activities to facilitate the transition between secondary education and the university, either before studying at the university or during the first year. You will find further information in the Learning support.

Getting prepared your entry at the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science of Mons is present at the various SIEP student fairs organized for sixth formers. We also welcome students at open days or by appointment .

The Faculty organizes two weeks of “open classes”: upper secondary (5th and 6th) students can attend classes in the first year of the Bachelor's degree during the Halloween and Carnival holidays. All the year long, students interested in everydaily life in a laboratory have the possibility to attend training courses from a few days to a whole week in one of the Faculty's departments.

During the first two weeks of September, activities to discover the Faculty, the campus and to make acquaintance with instructors are organized through introductory classes in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Prepare for one's professional life

The Faculty of Science of Mons is particularly attentive to prepare graduates for future professional careers, by bringing students into contact with companies, as well as with the world of research or education.

Openness to the business world and to research

The Faculty of Science's departments are involved in many fundamental and applied research programs.

The biologists, chemists, IT-specialists, physicists and mathematicians of the Faculty of Science are not only instructors: they are involved in current research and take an active part in many international collaborations with teams of foreign universities or within great international research centres, and also with companies. Physicists from UMons take part in experiments of CERN in Geneva, or go hunting neutrinos within the framework of the AMANDA project on the South pole; Mons biologists take part in research financed by American Telethon and even in the preparation of the voyage to Mars, Mons mathematicians take part in the development of the computer language OCaml… During their education, students can benefit from this know-how, and get acquainted very early with the world of research, always under supervision of experienced researchers: studies then become very other extensive, and open up to new prospects.

Each year, the Faculty organizes meetings and conferences in relation with its scientific activities, gathering researchers of all horizons. Parallel to the fundamental aspects, the practical implications of research run by the Faculty of Science are not neglected, as the numerous scientific collaborations carried out in partnership with local and foreign SMEs attest to. The first issue of the review “Élément” ddeals with research on surfaces and their potential applications conducted at the Faculty of Science.

The Faculty of Science contributes notably to the "Objective 1" programme in Hainaut through the Materia Nova research centre, which is specialized in the study and the production of novel materials. For the excellence of research accomplished by this centre, Professor Jean-Luc Brédas, manager of the Department of Chemistry of novel materials was awarded in 1997 the Francqui Prize, and in 2000 the Quinquennial Prize of the Belgian National Science Foundation. In 2003, his team received the prestigious Descartes Prize of the European Union for his work on flexible PLED displays. The research cluster on the nanocomposite polymer materials of Mons enjoys an undeniable international reputation and the next years will see the recruitment of several scientists in his center, who will contribute to widen the spectrum of the activities of this unique research cluster in the French Community of Belgium, in particular in materials physics.

Research outcomes in Science have a deep influence on the world we live in; the issues of these developments are often subject of public debates. The researcher has to clarify these debates. From this point of view, the Faculty of Science of Mons belongs to national and European diffusion networks for scientific culture. The "Carré des sciences" federates all these activities of the Faculty of Science of Mons; let us quote the science fair on Grand Place at Mons, during the week dedicated to the "Printemps des Sciences" and the "Café des Sciences" organized to discuss issues related to sciences and society,etc.

Placements, stays abroad

All students will accomplish one or more placements in relation with the subspecialization of their master, either in a company, a research laboratory, or a school. These placements constitute a first approach of the professional environment in which they will work at the conclusion of their studies. In certain cases, these placements can be carried out abroad. Information is available from departments which are responsible for the various course programmes.

The Faculty of Science concluded numerous LLP-ERASMUS agreements with European universities in Britain, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy… It is also involved in various conventions between Belgian universities and colleges in the North of France. This allows students to attend classes in a partner university and even spend a whole year of their study in a foreign university. Courses followed abroad are recognized by the Faculty and this exchange does not imply supplementary tuition fees or a longer duration of the studies.

Language classes

The command of modern languages is essential for graduates of the Faculty of Science, starting with a sufficient level of communication ability in their native tongue. During their studies, students will learn how to communicate about the results of their work, both in written and spoken French.

In the second half of the 20th century, English became the common language of research in sciences, but since then it has also played a key role in many professions. This situation led the Faculty of Science to install compulsory English classes in all his course programmes.

Moreover, in several programmes of the Faculty, a certain number of credits are reserved for electives. This provision and the nearness of the Interpreters School offers the possibility to attend additional language classes.

The campus, the city and student life

The modern campus, which succeded in keeping a manageable size, is only ten minutes away of the very beautiful historical center of Mons; it is easily accessible by car, by public transport and in particular it is close to the railway stations of Mons and Nimy.

This proximity with the town of Mons is concretized through various partnerships. In particular the city offers the students of UMons reductions on various cultural activities.

The Faculty is also active in the diffusion of the scientific culture and runs a number of scientific clubs opened to the public at largel: in the fields of astronomy(Olympus Mons), information technology, mathematics MAthanor),etc

it organizes and hosts scientific events on a regular basis such as Café des Sciences, conferences, astronomical observations, exhibitions, etc; you will be invited to actively participate. Scientists of the Faculty of Science of Mons - and their students! - never hesitate to leave the campus to carry out spectacular experiments on the town square of Mons, at the Castle of Seneffe or at the Collegiate Church of St. Waudru in Mons!

And of course, the terraces of the cafés in Mons offer well deserved moments of relaxation!