MSc in Accounting, Auditing and Control - Specialisation in Accounting and Auditing

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Program Description

MSc in Accounting, Auditing and Control - Specialisation in Accounting and Auditing

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

MSc in Accounting, Auditing and Control - Specialisation in Accounting and Auditing

Transform financial data into reliable, understandable, comparable and relevant management information

Are you a number-cruncher with an eye for what lies beyond the facts and figures? Do you follow and try to unravel every corporate scandal in the news? Do you aim for an international career? The Accounting and Auditing programme will get you there.

This specialisation is your path to become a ‘Chartered Accountant’ (RA, Certified Public Auditor, post-graduate), “In Dutch: Registeraccountant”. It covers all theoretical and practical aspects of collecting, categorising, summarising, analysing and using financial data in organisations. In paper assignments and group discussions we will not only introduce you to techniques and theoretical frameworks relevant to accounting and auditing, we also stimulate a critical, independent perspective toward this fascinating field.

The many benefits of studying Accounting and Auditing at Erasmus School of Economics

At Erasmus School of Economics, you find yourself in a city where all midsize and larger auditing firms are located. Add our vast and active network to the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you will gain from this programme, and you know this is the place to start your international career.


Chartered Accountant, internal auditor, management consultant, financial economical expert? Regardless of your career preference, with an Accounting and Auditing programme you will be warmly welcomed in a multitude of organisations, for example:

  • auditing firms
  • large industrial companies
  • management consulting firms
  • financial institutions like insurance groups, financial conglomerates, investment banks
  • ICT and high-tech companies
  • traditional/conventional manufacturing and trading companies

"The programme combines a high standard of academic education with relevant practical insights"


The core courses help students to get acquainted with a wide range of topics that are essential for accounting, auditing and control, and provide a solid background for attending seminars. The seminar is an important component of the MSc programme. For this intensified course, active participation and commitment are mandatory. Students are expected to write and to present several papers, present aspects of the literature or case applications, ask questions, mention doubts and express ideas in class discussions. The last two blocks of the programme are devoted to the Master’s thesis. The thesis is written individually under close supervision by one of our academic staff members.


  • Seminar Auditing
  • Advanced International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
  • Accounting and Business Ethics
  • Seminar Financial Accounting Research

PwC Honours Master

The PwC Honours Master is available for excellent students only and provides you with a competitive edge to your resume. The programme is characterized by a unique combination of theory and practice in Accounting and Auditing (assurance). A strong basis in finance is added as an extra feature to further enhance your career opportunities. The programme is developed in close cooperation with PwC and includes significant interaction with the business community through guest speakers, projects with practitioners, business games, drinks, and internship opportunities.


Salina Hu

The Accounting and Auditing programme offers high-quality education, in which you will be surrounded by highly motivated and ambitious students'

Why did I choose Accounting and Auditing?

Currently, I am pursuing my Masters’ degree in Accounting, Auditing and Control with the specialisation in Accounting and Auditing. From the three specialisations in Accounting, I have chosen for the Accounting and Auditing track, as it is the most suitable one for students who would like to follow the path to become a ‘Chartered Accountant’.

The Big Four

An advantage of this programme is that it is well-structured and each block has different approaches. It starts off with some fundamental courses and during this block, Erasmus School of Economics provides students with the opportunity to participate in skills classes offered by the Big Four audit firms. It is a great way to get to know other students and your possible future employer. This is followed by a seminar, which is challenging and more interactive, and to stimulate teamwork, there are also group assignments incorporated into the curriculum.

Extracurricular activities

What definitely gives an extra touch to the regular programme is the PwC Honours Master. In this programme, a small diverse group of motivated students are selected to participate in the extracurricular activities organised by PwC. These activities are not only informative but also fun as we have all become good friends. This programme is highly recommended for enthusiastic and ambitious students.

George Pappadimitriou

'The specialisation in accounting and auditing is your stepping stone to a great career'

People from many different backgrounds

When I graduated from my bachelor in economics I knew that I wanted to do my master in accounting and auditing. There are many things that I enjoyed about this course. I met a lot of people from many different backgrounds and, different stories to tell. Some of which have become my closest friends and are currently employed by the same company as I am.

It helped me get to where I currently am

During the year I have been challenged and supported by my professors. The majority of professors that teach in this master course worked for an accounting company, or are currently working for them. Not only did they help me with my study, but they provided me with a lot of insights into my future career prospects. Some of the professors take it a step further and invite companies to provide guest lectures and training. Multiple pieces of training were organised and each of the Big Four companies joined. I met my current employer through these training.

All in all, I really enjoyed studying accounting at Erasmus School of Economics. It helped me get to where I currently am, and I will take it from here.

Sophie Westerik

'The curriculum naturally combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills, which challenges you to go the extra mile'

Why did I choose Accounting and Auditing?

By the end of my bachelor, I had to consider which master I wanted to do. Holding a bachelors’ degree in Economics and Business Economics left me with numerous opportunities. However, during my bachelor, I found the Financial Accounting course very intriguing and the job opportunities as an auditor very interesting. Getting to dig deep into the financial and non-financial information of a firm, as well as a very diverse and challenging work environment is what I find most interesting about this job.

Being both interested in a career as an auditor and the fact that this degree provides a strong position in the labour market made me decide to subscribe to the MSc Accounting, Auditing and Control.

Truly interesting lectures

The programme offers a broad variety of courses, which cover theoretical and academic skills as well as practical assignments and group assignments. My favourite course was Auditing Theory that mainly covers the basics of auditing and why and how audits take place and the different forms of audits. This course truly gives insight into the particular field of work related to this master. Most lecturers in this specialisation work for a company and they all have a lot of practical experience and academic and theoretical knowledge, which ensures truly interesting lectures.

Furthermore, the Accounting and Auditing track offers the opportunity to apply for the PwC Honours Master programme. This extracurricular programme adds practical insights through additional workshops, company visits and a business game to the regular master programme.

Koen Kuipers

'The specialisation Accounting and Auditing consists of academic, theoretical, practical and social courses. This comprehensive programme provides you many opportunities for your future career'

Why did I choose Accounting and Auditing?

It was not difficult for me to choose for the master specialisation Accounting and Auditing. After I graduated from secondary school, I started studying Economics and Business Economics at the Erasmus School of Economics. During this Bachelor programme, I followed accounting courses which have made me enthusiastic about the accounting profession. Not only the accounting subjects but also the people I encountered were reasons for me to stay at the Erasmus University.

I have made friends for life

During this challenging master programme, you learn academic, theoretical, practical and social skills. After this programme, you are able to analyse and write an academic article, analyse financial statements and explain the audit profession. Next to lectures, also seminars are part of the programme where you work in small groups of students which generates convenient interaction. During this programme, I made friends for life.

Many opportunities for your future career

The master specialisation Accounting and Auditing offers courses which are relevant if you would like to become a Certified Public Accountant (Dutch: Registeraccountant) in the future. From my own experience, I would like to emphasize that this master specialisation and the related events provide you many opportunities for your future career.

Cost & Fees

  • € 2.060 EU/EEA students*,
  • € 14.700 Non-EU/EEA students**

*This is the statutory tuition fee for Dutch students, students from another country within the European Economic Area (EEA), the European Union (EU), Switzerland and Suriname who meet the statutory conditions.

**This is the institutional tuition fee for students for whom the statutory tuition fee does not apply. You have to pay the institutional fee if you:

don’t have an EU-, EEA, Swiss or Surinamese nationality have finished a Dutch programme and want to follow another programme on the same level

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 31, 2018
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1 year
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2,060 EUR
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Netherlands - Rotterdam, South Holland
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