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Accountancy and Controlling

Linking education to research and career preparation

The master Accountancy & Controlling focuses on both practically-oriented and academic research. On the one hand, you will become familiar with the outcomes of research in the fields of audit quality, management control, internal control, IT, financial reporting and corporate governance. On the other hand, you will perform practically-oriented assignments as well as research assignments yourself, which will help you to develop your academic skills.

The team of lecturers is a mix of practitioners and active researchers. Their research projects – often in collaboration with external parties – are focusing on: integrated reporting, voluntary disclosure, Corporate Social Responsibility, risk management, the role of controllers, board composition and more.

Some examples are:

  • Yasemin Karaibrahimoglu, Vlad Porumb and Dick de Waard investigate the impact of long form auditor’s reports on investors and lenders
  • Martijn van der Steen investigates management control in the context of fighting missions of the Royal Dutch Air force
  • Nancy Kamp-Roelands and Dick de Waard investigate the possibilities of integrated reporting in SMEs
  • Reggy Hooghiemstra, Dennis Veltrop and Floor Rink study the effects of multiple team membership on audit quality


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    Working at Ernst & Young

    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.

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  • Testimonial van Klaas Sportel

    Student Accountancy & Controlling Klaas Sportel

    – Klaas Sportel
  • Testimonial van Toine Schouteten

    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.”

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    – Toine Schouteten
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