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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.

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.

Education in the 1st semester of 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 academic year will start as scheduled in September. If we are once again allowed to offer education to physically take place at the Roeterseiland Campus, we will do this. We will use a step-by-step approach to decide which components we will be able to offer physically on campus, in compliance with government regulations. We expect that at first, these will mainly be small-scale activities organised to promote contact between students and between lecturers and students.

We will provide you as a student – wherever you may reside – with the certainty that you will be able to commence or continue with your study. Therefore, we will in any case offer education and exams online in the 1st semester. In each period, we will evaluate whether the circumstances, in line with the social distancing rules of a 1.5 metre society, allow for meetings of small groups for small-scale lectures at the Roeterseiland Campus. There will be no mandatory attendance for these lectures.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

'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