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Accountancy (MSc Accountancy and Control)

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On what financial information should companies rely to make important strategic decisions? This is the core question you will learn how to answer in the Accountancy track. This track is one of 2 tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Accountancy and Control.

Help organisations make the right financial decisions

Accounting obtains the information necessary to make important financial decisions at a high level. Company executives will look at several different financial reports to see what is going right for the company, what needs work, and if they are on track to make a profit.

Using this information, executives will decide what areas to put emphasis on in the future and where to allocate extra money in their budget. Accountants also audit and give oversight to internal issues like fraud and unauthorised spending, and are skilled in saving companies money while also staying in compliance with federal regulations.

In the Accountancy track you learn to analyse information needed for reporting purposes of organisations. We place key emphasis on studying the rules, procedures and systems that are needed.

Why choose the Accountancy track?

  1. Beside the 6 general courses you will have specific courses with focus on Financial Accounting Research and Auditing.
  2. After graduation, you have an excellent job prospect at wide variety of business and public organisations, including commercial organisations, non-profit organisations, the Financial Markets Authority and the Dutch Central Bank.
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Track-specific courses

Apart from the 6 general courses of the full programme, you will follow 3 track-specific courses.

  • Financial Accounting Research (5EC)

    The main objective of this course is to provide you with a thorough introduction into academic research on financial accounting and reporting to get a better understanding of the financial reporting environment.

  • Auditing (5EC)

    In this course you will learn about the role and of the auditor in society. We will cover various topics, such as the expectation gap, auditor independence, the audit risk model, the audit process, audit quality and fraudulent reporting, auditor oversight and regulation, as well as current developments in the market for audit services.

  • Business Lab: Accountancy (3EC)

    Apply your knowledge to solve complex business issues in the area of accountancy. Together with your fellow students, you will work on cases that an audit firm or company struggles with, such as the implementation of new accounting standards or the use of data analytics and process mining to improve an audit.

Real-life case: how are revenues in telecom defined?
Sales revenue is crucial for stakeholders to understand performance. But revenues are not easily defined in case of long-term customer relationships. So how should a telecom firm account for up-front payment for a two-year cellphone plan? Treatment according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is changing. Does this change influence firm valuation?
Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Accountancy and Control
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60900