Study programme

Accountancy and Control: Accountancy

The Amsterdam Business School’s Master of Science in Accountancy and Control provides you with a solid foundation for a career in accountancy or financial management. This one-year programme combines academic rigour with practical relevance, while having a strong international focus. In this way, you develop your professional knowledge as well as your intellectual skills. The programme has two tracks: Accountancy and Control. The Accountancy track is primarily designed for students who aspire to be a financial accounting specialist, an auditor or a financial manager.

The programme in brief

The programme strikes a careful balance between professional and academic training in Accountancy and Control. Its graduates are recognised by employers as outstanding professionals with a critical mindset and a thorough understanding of their field. Also, graduates distinguish themselves through their broad view on accounting-related issues and their ability to communicate and work together with other professionals.

The two tracks share a joint core curriculum consisting of courses in financial reporting, accountability, and risk management. The Accountancy track complements the core courses with courses in the field of financial accounting and assurance. The programme concludes with an MSc thesis. For those who are interested, this track also provides direct admission to the Dutch Chartered Accountancy programme (taught in Dutch). 

Researchers and lecturers at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) are international experts. Because the ABS has a full research programme dedicated to accounting, control and accountability, your education benefits from constant exploration of the field going on around you. By discussing and reflecting on research, and by examining the practice of accounting and control in the form of case studies, you will learn the latest and most advanced techniques, practices and insights.

Programme structure

The Master of Science in Accountancy and Control is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Starting in period 2 of semester 1, you will follow track-specific courses in addition to the common courses in the programme. The track-specific part covers 15 EC courses, and the 15 EC master’s thesis.

First semester

The year begins with two core courses on topics that are of crucial importance to any accounting professional: Management Control and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). In period 2 you will follow one track-specific course, Financial Accounting Research, and one common course on Sustainability, Accountability & Ethics. During both period 1 and period 2 you also participate in a Research Seminar that prepares you for writing your Master’s thesis in the second semester. In period 3 you follow a course on Accounting Information Systems. This course provides you with hands-on experience in using an SAP Enterprise Research Management System. For interested students, UvA has an agreement with SAP that allows students use the knowledge acquired in this course to obtain an official SAP certificate at significant discount.

Second semester

During the second semester, you will extend your expertise in accountancy and auditing by following a course in Assurance (Auditing) in period 4 and a second, advanced, course in IFRS in period 5. In period 4 you also take a common course in Internal Control and Risk Management, which brings you up to date with latest developments in business practice. Finally, throughout the second semester you work on your own research project and write your thesis under the supervision on one of ABS’s experienced faculty members. The thesis process is clearly structured and closely monitored, which enables you to graduate from the programme before the summer: there is a graduation ceremony at the beginning of July.

Msc Accountancy and Control

Published by  Economics and Business

3 November 2017