Accountancy and Controlling

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
accreditatiesAACSB, NVAO
numerus fixusnee

MSc Accountancy & Controlling emphasizes the importance of high-quality information. In today's world, such information is crucial for all kinds of decisions. For instance, shareholders have to decide whether to continue their investment in particular companies, tax authorities must determine the amount of taxes to be paid by different organizations, and managers need to assess whether the strategy followed by their company is successful. These and other decisions have major implications for individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. Therefore, they require relevant, reliable and timely information. In the MSc Accountancy & Controlling, you will learn how to design information systems that produce such information. In addition, you will learn to assess the quality of information and of information systems. Special attention will be paid to the implications of sustainability issues for information systems, opportunities and threats due to innovations in information technology, and ways to detect fraud. Many graduates of the MSc Accountancy & Controlling further specialise by following an executive master programme.

Waarom aan de RUG?

The programme prepares you for a role as an accountant or controller in a dynamic world which faces major developments in IT and increasingly emphasises sustainability issues.
This is an internationally accredited programme, providing high-quality teaching that meets both AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities worldwide achieve.
Groningen is the only place in the Netherlands where you can gain a second Master's degree in Accountancy, the Executive Master of Accountancy (EMA). ►


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The programme has two profiles to choose from: Accountancy (with a focus on the information needs of external stakeholders, such as shareholders) and Controlling (with a focus on the needs of managers and other internal stakeholders).
Accountancy: Financial Accounting Theory
5 EC
Accountancy: Strategic & Organizational Design
5 EC
Accountancy: IT in Control
5 EC
Accountancy: Advanced Accounting Information Systems
5 EC
Accountancy: Auditing Theory
5 EC
Accountancy: Research in Accounting and Control
5 EC
Controlling: Advanced Accounting Information Systems
5 EC
Controlling: Strategic & Organizational Design
5 EC
Controlling: Research in Accounting and Control
5 EC
Controlling: Value-Based Management
5 EC
Controlling: Management Accounting Techniques
5 EC
ControllingManagement Accounting Change
5 EC
Accountancy: International Financial Accounting
5 EC
Accountancy: Auditing Research
5 EC
Accountancy: Master's Thesis Accountancy
20 EC
Controlling: IT in Control
5 EC
Controlling: Research in Management Control
5 EC
Controlling: Master's Thesis A&C
20 EC


specialisatie Double Degree Master China and the World Economy

2 year Double Degree programme in Groningen and Fudan University Shanghai

specialisatie Master Internship

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of next study year.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet41% zelfstudie
23% theorie
11% praktijk
case study, literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, practicum, self study, project
study guidance
Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 15000

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 15000


To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in the field of Business Economics or Business Administration with a specialisation in Accountancy & Controlling; the contents of the programme has to meet specific requirements; for instance, it needs to include courses in Auditing and Accounting information systems (or Internal Control).

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit:

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 8000levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 600studiematerialenper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


139 studenten volgen deze opleiding
29% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
Risk is the study association for the financially interested students at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
Risk has set itself the goal to close the gap between theory and practice in the areas of Finance, Accountancy and Controlling, Management Accounting and Control, and International Financial Management. Risk also organises activities to enhance the contacts between its members, the academic personnel and businesses.
Pro Memorie
Study association for Accountancy & Controlling students at the University of Groningen.
PM organizes activities for its members in the field of Accountancy & Controlling, such as in-house days, symposia, conferences and lectures. Various informal activities are also organized. Think of drinks, dinners and trips abroad.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

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...
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.”

lees verder ...
Rianne Hettinga
werkzaam als Staff auditor for EY
Staff auditor for EY

FEB Alumnus Rianne Hettinga graduated with an MSc in Accountancy (2016) and an executive Master of Accountancy (2018). She is now working as staff auditor for EY. In this 2 minute portrait, Rianne talks about her work and her ambitions.
Christiaan Kooi
Consultant Forensic Investigations at KPMG

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
algemeen oordeel4.14.1
De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Accountancy and Controlling aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 37 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Your Master's programme is a good basis for many positions in both the private and the public sector, including the positions of auditor and controller (or management accountant). While working, you can specialize further by following an executive master programme.

Many auditors start their career at one of the Big Four auditing firms: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Ernst & Young. Companies have their annual accounts audited by this kind of firms. Auditors examine the overall organisation of the company. They get a picture of its internal controls, look at its accounting information systems and test the reliability of these systems by conducting random sample checks and data analyses. Controllers are employed by companies themselves. Their tasks include preparing the annual accounts and other reports. They are also one of the people the auditor talks to when assessing the information systems of companies. In addition, controllers are responsible for preparing budgets, making cost price calculations, assessing investment proposals and designing performance measurement systems. Strategic decision-making, IT solutions and risk management are also examples of subjects a controller deals with.

For more information about your job prospects as a graduate, please check FEB Career Services.

If you finish the Accountancy profile, you can combine your job with following the Executive Master programme of Accountancy (EMA). This programme lasts one and a half years and is combined with a three-year practical internship. On completion, you will be entitled to use the title Executive Master and the Dutch qualification of 'registeraccountant'. If you finished the Controlling profile, you can choose to follow the Executive Master programme of Finance and Control (EMFC). This programme lasts two years. On completion, you will be entitled to use the title Executive Master in Finance & Control and the Dutch equivalent 'registercontroller'.

For more information about these executive master programmes: Executive masters

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