The Master (MSc) Accountancy & Control programme of the University of Amsterdam has a strong international emphasis. The programme is designed to prepare students for financial positions, not only in auditing and consultancy but also in industry, banking or government. The programme consists of an Accountancy track and a Control track.
The Control track of the Accountancy and Control Master’s programme 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.
- Prepare for a career in a financial function;
- develop your financial expertise by acquiring both conceptual knowledge of and technical skills in Accountancy and Control;
- follow our multidisciplinary programme and qualify for top-level post-master programmes.
- after completing the programme, you are eligible for exemptions for up to seven papers towards the international ACCA accreditation.
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 the 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.
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.
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, the University of Amsterdam has an agreement with SAP that allows students to use the knowledge acquired in this course to obtain an official SAP certificate at a significant discount.
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 the 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.
What can you expect to achieve once you have completed your Master’s in Accountancy and Control? This programme Is highly successful, and the ideal launch pad for your career in the financial sector. It will also introduce you to a wide and international network of alumni. And with our thriving English-taught PhD programme, excellent opportunities abound if you were to aim for your doctoral studies following your Master’s.
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Last updated October 16, 2018