Accountancy and Controlling

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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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.

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diplomaMSc Accountancy and Controlling
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

Groningen offers you the opportunity to follow a complementary, professionally oriented programme after your Master's degree programme. It is also the only place in the Netherlands where you can gain a second Master's degree, the Executive Master of Accountancy (EMA).

This is an internationally accredited programme, providing high-quality teaching that meets both AACSB and EQUIS standards, something which only one percent of universities worldwide achieve.


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The Master's degree programme in Accountancy and Controlling focuses on the reliability of information for the purposes of managing organisations and being accountable for policy to internal and external stakeholders. The Master's degree programme's Accountancy profile focuses on accounting information for external stakeholders, while the Controlling profile mainly focuses on providing accounting information to internal stakeholders.


profiel Controlling

Both profiles are rounded off with a thesis. After completing this Master's degree programme, you will be well equipped to start work.

While working, you can choose to specialize further. If you followed the Accountancy profile, you can choose to follow the Accountancy programme for professionals. The 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 followed the Controlling profile, you can choose to follow the Controlling programme for professionals. This programme lasts two and a half years. On completion, you will be entitled to use the title Executive Master in Finance & Control of the Dutch equivalent 'registercontroller'.

  1. Double Degree Master China and the World Economy2 year Double Degree programme in Groningen and Fudan University Shanghai
  2. Master InternshipOpportunity 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
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 studiekosten

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend


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
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 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.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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?% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
?% daarvan is vrouw
27868 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


The EBF (Faculty of Economics and Business student association) is an association that builds a bridge for students between their college years and career. The EBF organizes symposia, research projects in and outside of Europe, two-day congresses and much more events.

Risk is the study association for Accountancy, Controlling, Finance, and the financially interested student at the University of Groningen.

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.”

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Marlies van Uhm
bij Ernst & Young
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...
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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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
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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 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Accountancy and Controlling aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 38 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After your Master's – and the EMA- or EMFC-programme – you will be a specialist in the area of accounting information. This is a good basis for many different financial management and consultancy positions in the private sector, government bodies and semi-governmental organisations, including the positions of financial director, business unit controller and financial officer.

Many auditors start their career at one of the Big Four accounting firms: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Ernst & Young. Businesses have their annual accounts audited by these kind of firms. Auditors examine the overall organisation of the business. They get a picture of its internal control, look at its accounting information systems and test the reliability of these systems by conducting random sample checks and figure analyses.
Controllers are employed by businesses themselves. Their tasks include preparing the annual accounts and they are one of the people the auditor talks to when checking these. They are also responsible for drawing up budgets and making cost calculations, assessing investment proposals and setting up a performance measurement system. Business succession, automation and pension provision are also classic examples of subjects a controller deals with.
The UG offers training programmes for professionals in the form of the Executive Master of Finance and Control (training as a registercontroller) and the Executive Master of Accountancy (training as a registeraccountant).

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zoektijd baangoed
salaris na 1,5 jaar zeer goed
kans op een vaste baan zeer goed
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

Potentiële beroepen

  • auditor
  • controller
bron: StudieData

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