For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!

Study programme

During our 1-year international MSc Accountancy and Control you will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to start your career in accountancy or control. Besides academic training, we offer you practical relevance and the international perspective to add to your freshly gained knowledge. Learn about crucial topics such as international financial reporting standards, incentives & performance measurement, data analytics in accounting, and judgment & decision making. And follow your interests and ambitions by choosing 1 of 2 tracks: Accountancy or Control.

Get the MSc Accountancy and Control factsheet

How to apply

Help organisations to make strategic and reporting decisions

In order to make the right strategic business decisions, companies need to have all relevant data to their disposal. More importantly even, they need to interpret these data in order to draw conclusions. This MSc Accountancy and Control helps you become an expert in analysing, interpreting and advising on complex (financial) business issues that are crucial for strategic decision-making. Furthermore, you will learn to prepare, examine and audit financial reports.

Interactive teaching

Expect a variety of teaching methods such as case studies, group presentations, exercises and individual work. We strongly encourage interaction and require active participation, thereby supporting you actively in developing a questioning attitude.

During seminars you are expected to write and present papers on real-life business cases, present academic research and discuss ideas with fellow students.

The programme

  • Choose your track

    Our Master's in Accountancy & Control consists of a general part for all students and a specific part where you follow courses related to the specialisation track of your choice. After the joint first period, you can choose the track that suits you best:

    Accountancy track
    This track is for you if you seek a career in a financial function as an auditor, but also as a financial professional in the business world or in not-for-profit organisations. The programme provides you with in-depth knowledge of financial information flows and their role in financial management. You will also learn professional skills, such as public speaking and presenting, and programming in python. All for you to apply to the practical world of business or the public sector after your graduation.

    Control track
    This track is concerned with financial information and decision-making in the management of organisations. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need as a controller or financial professional in the business world or the public sector. Learn how to use budgets and performance measures, design procedures and analyse the factors involved in making heavy decisions on corporate financing.

  • International Financial Reporting (5 EC)

    The course provides an overview of the major elements of reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The emphasis is on understanding the key accounting concepts within IFRS but also the practice of applying these standards in real-life situations.

  • Incentives & Control (5EC)

    With this course you learn how corporations can align the interests of employees with those of their organisation. You examine the challenges of various financial and non-financial measures in incentive systems for employees, and the relationship between control, (operational) risk management and corporate governance.

  • Accountability & Risk Management (5EC)

    This course focusses on the roles of internal control and risk management in ensuring organisational accountability, both social and environmental. We consider and critique theories, philosophies and concepts of corporate governance and accountability emanating from a variety of theoretical perspectives and apply these to real-world examples.

  • Data Analytics & Professional Skills (5EC)

    Accountants need to be capable of analysing large amounts of financial and non-financial data to address business challenges. This course helps you to develop an analytical mindset and learn how to use tools to analyse both structured and unstructured data. In addition, this course develops your professional skills such as public speaking, presentation skills, and programming with python.

  • Research Seminar Accountancy & Control (5EC)

    In this course you learn to critically evaluate empirical research methodologies and develop your own research proposal for an empirical study in the field of accounting, auditing, accountability and control. 

  • Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation (5EC)

    This course applies conceptual aspects of financial accounting and reporting to the financial statements of real-world companies. You will learn to analyse financial statements of well-known companies from the perspective of a financial analyst and to use the insights in company valuation analyses.

  • Judgment & Decision Making in Accounting (5EC)

    This course provides you with an introduction to the psychology of judgment and decision making. We discuss important behavioral models of human decision making, and contrast these with economically rational models.

  • Management Control

    With this course you get a comprehensive overview of the instruments which you can use to align the interests of employees with their organisation. We will for instance ook at the use of performance measurement, incentive compensation, target setting and the role of subjectivity.

  • Research Seminar Accountancy and Control

    In this course you learn to critically evaluate empirical research methodologies and to develop your own research proposal for an empirical study in the field of accounting, accountability and control. 

  • Sustainability, Accountability and Ethics

    In this course you will explore social, political and organisational perspectives on sustainability, social and environmental accounting/accountability and ethics. As this is a Master's course, students are required to take a lead role in presenting the seminars and critiquing the research papers examined.

  • Thesis (12EC)

    The Master’s thesis is your chance to dive deep into a topic that you are enthusiastic about. A professor in your field of choice will supervise and support you in writing your thesis.

  • Accounting Information Systems

    Accounting information systems collect, record, store and process data to produce information for decision makers. Since these systems use standardised approaches to organisational processes, tensions arise when they are implemented. This course will discuss these tensions, explain how they arise and discuss possible solutions.

  • Internal Control & Risk Management

    Organisations need reliable information. That is why they implement risk and compliance management systems. An international standard approach to risk management and control is the guidance provided by the set of COSO frameworks.

    We will discuss how these frameworks work and how they are constructed to impact the scope, the relevance and the design of internal control systems.

Online education

Due to the coronavirus we now offer 100% online education for our programmes. All programmes are being continued with success with regards to teaching as well as examinations.
If needed we will continue to offer online education in September 2020 to ensure your start in the programme. We are making sure you can continue your journey towards your Master's degree without any delay.

Ask our students about their experiences in online education

Norina Pop

'The programme is organised to our best interest'

Norina Pop: 'The first block provides an insight to the far extremes of accountancy and control. This helps you in deciding which track to choose. Also, the deadlines may at times be annoying, but in the end they support us very well to go through the process of writing a thesis.' Read Norina's full review 

Learn more about career opportunities