How do you analyse information about costs, income, profit, risks and customer satisfaction? This Master's degree programme teaches you how to do this, how to give advice to others.
After completing the MSc Accountancy & Controlling (MSc A&C), you can continue your studies in the Executive Master Programme in Accountancy (EMA) or the Executive Master Programme in Finance & Control (EMFC). By combining such an executive master programme with work in practice, you can, in addition, acquire an executive master's degree and a (Dutch) professional qualification (“registeraccountant” or “registercontroller”). People in charge need information to control the organisation, to make decisions and to account for their performance, both to internal and to external stakeholders.
The Master's degree programme has two profiles to choose from: Accountancy and Controlling. The Accountancy profile focuses on accounting information for external stakeholders, while Controlling focuses on internal stakeholders. Both profiles are rounded off with a thesis.
Marlies van Uhm. Graduate in Accountancy, working at Ernst & Young
I didn’t have to wait long to find a job after graduating. I’d already been working as an assistant accountant at Ernst & Young Groningen for two years. In May 2009, I was hired for the same position in Amsterdam. I’m currently combining that job with a training programme to become a registered accountant, for which I’m in Groningen one day a week. My job is very varied; I’m usually visiting clients in the region and so I’m rarely at the office. Instead, I find myself at banks, hospitals and IT companies, where I audit the annual accounts. It never gets boring, but I do find I have less time for the fun things I used to be able to fit in as a student. Sometimes you just have to put in as many hours as you can. An advantage is that my position closely ties in with the degree programme I studied, particularly the theoretical aspects, such as describing processes within organisations and the tools you need to audit annual accounts.
Marlies van Uhm
Student Accountancy & Controlling Klaas Sportel
Wherever you are, there is always a need for people to check if things add up
“In order to understand the significant added value that the MSc in A&C offers, I always rely on examples that don't appear at first to relate directly to my studies. I've undertaken a number of extra-curricular activities during my time in Groningen and it has proved very valuable for me to be educated at the academic intersection of finance, auditing and internal control. Whether it was in a political position, during my internship in Kenya or now that I am writing my thesis on the subject of governing the global diamond and diamond jewellery value chain, there is and always will be a demand for people who can understand financial and non-financial information and explain to others why something should or should not be done. In the words of a Dutch ambassador I once spoke to, 'Wherever you are, there is always a need for people to check if things add up'. If you are looking for a sound academic base for doing this, I would encourage you to apply for the MSc in Accountancy & Controlling.”