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Department of Accounting
Department of Accounting

The Accounting department contributes to several educational programmes on both the Bachelor and the Master level. In the Bachelor programmes the department is responsible for courses in the fields of Financial Accounting and Management Accounting and Control.

On the Master level there are two accounting programmes: the MSc BA Accountancy & Controlling (A&C) and the MSc BA Organizational & Management Control (O&MC). The department has also been the initiator of the Post Master programme Executive Master of Finance & Control. Furthermore, it is involved in the Post Master programme Accountancy . Finally, the department participates in the 'Innovation & Organization' profile of the Research Master of the Faculty, aimed at students who aspire to pursue an academic career.

Teaching approach

The courses provided by the department include various educational forms, such as for example a combination of lectures and tutorials, which is the most common. During the lectures the study topics are introduced and explained, while in the tutorials the emphasis is on making exercises and discussing cases. The tutorials are specifically aimed at teaching the students how to apply the material dealt with in the lectures in an independent manner.

Research-driven and practice-oriented

To best prepare the students for their professional careers, two key objectives are intertwined: acquiring a solid set of research skills, and obtaining practical expertise. In many courses proficiencies are practised, such as working in groups, giving feedback, writing, and giving presentations, often in a realistic setting. However, these skills are always trained in combination with the courses’ content, which has an analytical and theoretical basis. This means that there is a clear relationship between education and research; the education is therefore 'research driven': learning research skills and acquiring theoretical knowledge have a central place in the educational programmes, which – in turn – are meant to support the process of learning practical skills.  

Job perspectives

Job perspectives
Job perspectives

The two Master programmes led by the department - Organizational Management & Control and Accountancy & Controlling - prepare students for a broad spectrum of financial functions, such as financial executive, accountant, controller, consultant and manager. There is a large demand for these jobs on the labour market. In this respect, a more general basis is offered by O&MC, which gives access to many management, financial and consultancy positions. A&C is somewhat more specialised. Those who have an A&C qualification may start their careers as (junior) controllers or accountants, with the prospect of becoming (financial) controllers, financial consultants or managing directors.

Last modified:18 October 2018 08.56 a.m.