M.Sc. Accounting and Control

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  • 12 months
  • EUR12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
VU University Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Master’s programme in Accounting and Control deals with all aspects of generating, reporting and using financial data in organizations. The subjects covered include the internal use of financial information, financial planning, financial operations management, preparing published financial statements and financial auditing, as well as the general context of corporate governance of which accounting is a crucial component.

Description of Accounting and Control

Control the finer points of financial management and financial statements, master the world of accountancy and corporate governance

IFRS: a help or a headache?

Well, maybe the International Financial Reporting Standards are a bit of both. But rest assured, this Master’s will give you a solid grounding in IFRS, one that will enable you to understand the increasing complexity of state-of-the-art financial reporting.

How much is too much?

The rewards reaped by top managers are the subject of a heated debate, and it doesn’t look like things will cool down anytime soon. You will learn how to combine a legal perspective with insights from management accounting and control to design robust corporate governance mechanisms.

Career prospects

Once you have successfully completed the Master’s programme in Accounting and Control, you will possess solid knowledge of the production chain within the financial and administrative operations of major organizations. You will have mastered the various aspects of these processes, from the initial recording of transactions through internal reporting and its implications for decision-making, to external presentation and the auditing of reported figures.

The direction you decide to take will depend partly on your alialization. Management Control and Accounting trains you to become a financial manager and controller. The specialization in Financial Accounting and Auditing will allow you to embark on a career as an internal or public auditor. The Information Management specialization will prepare you for a career in the field of management accountancy and consultancy, with an emphasis on aspects related to designing, running and securing information systems.

Programme graduates will be equipped for entry-level positions as assistant controllers or assistant auditors, for example. The programme is an excellent springboard for the kind of further professional training that is normally expected for such positions.

VU University Amsterdam itself offers a range of postgraduate programmes leading to qualifications such as Certified Controller, Registered Auditor (Netherlands), EDP Auditor, Financial Analyst (CFA), Management Consultant, Change Manager or Public Sector Controller. In addition, the university offers PhD programmes for those students who wish to pursue an academic career, or who wish to deepen their knowledge even further prior to embarking on a professional career.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 June / International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master's in Accounting and Control is a one-year programme consisting of a minimum of seven courses and a thesis. The programme sets a quick pace, with short, focused teaching periods of six weeks, followed by exams. The core of the programme consists of required courses in financial reporting, management accounting, corporate law, corporate governance and empirical research in accounting.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a range of electives on subjects such as auditing, accounting information systems, management control, corporate finance and accounting theory. Courses typically consist of a mixture of lectures and active teaching methods, involving both individual and group work.

Finally, you will write a Master's thesis worth 18 credits. Your thesis will demonstrate that you possess both the knowledge of the discipline expected of an aspiring professional, and the research, analytical and reporting skills required of a competent researcher.

Requirements for Accounting and Control

There are strict admission criteria. These are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications. The requirements are split up into Master specific requirements and general requirements. Please read them both carefully.

VU University Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. In order for you to be admitted unconditionally you must send us a certificate from a recognised authority concerning your proficiency in English including the writing/composition test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge International Examinations CAE: A/B or CPE: A/B/C). Check the specific Language Requirements.

Work Experience for Accounting and Control

No work experience is required.

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