Accountancy and Controlling

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
How can you ensure that shareholders and managers receive the right information? How do modern-day developments, such as IT and Corporate Social Responsibility, affect the provision of information?

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

The MSc Accountancy and 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, and managers need to decide which strategy to follow for their company to remain successful. These and other decisions require relevant, reliable, and timely information. In your Master’s programme, you will learn how to design information systems that produce such information, and how to assess the quality of existing systems.

The emphasis will be on the future role of auditors and controllers in society. Therefore, much attention will be paid to the opportunities and threats which arise due to innovations in information technology. Similarly, the current trend of reporting about sustainability issues, and its implications for information systems, will receive ample attention. Of course, also more traditional topics, such as ways to detect fraud, will be discussed at length. Many graduates further specialise by obtaining a professional qualification and/or following an executive master programme.

Waarom aan de RUG?

The programme prepares you for a role as an auditor 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.
The Master's programme in Groningen is taught at an advanced level because the students attending this programme have specialised in Accounting in their previous studies.
Groningen is also 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 and Controlling.
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


track DDM China & The World Economy

Are you interested in an international career in or involving China? Study in Shanghai after your FEB Master and gain first-hand knowledge and experience of China and the economy, language and culture

specialisatie Master Internship

Opportunity to gain work experience by doing an internship in the second semester of your study.

You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the third semester.


taal van onderwijs100% en
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 2022

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2021
wettelijk tarief : € 2168 (€1084 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 15200
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 15900

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend


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
€ 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


121 studenten volgen deze opleiding
31% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2019
?% 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

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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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 sectors, including the positions of auditor and controller (sometimes called management accountant). Also becoming a consultant in related areas is an option.

Many auditors start their career at one of the Big Four auditing firms: KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and EY. Auditors examine a company’s information systems and test the reliability of these systems by conducting random sample checks and data analyses.

Controllers are employed by regular companies, where they prepare budgets and reports, make cost price calculations, assess investment proposals, and design performance measurement systems. Strategic decision-making, IT solutions, and risk management are also examples of subjects a controller deals with.

To become an auditor, you usually need an additional qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant. As a controller, you may want to pursue a Chartered Management Accountant qualification (optional). The ways of attaining these qualifications differ per country. In the Netherlands, after finishing the Accountancy profile, you can combine your job with the Executive Master of Accountancy (EMA). This programme lasts one and a half years and is combined with a three-year practical internship. On completion, you can use the title Executive Master and the Dutch qualification of 'registeraccountant'.

Alternatively, and irrespective of the profile you completed, you can follow the Executive Master of Finance and Control (EMFC). This part-time programme lasts two years, and – after completion – allows you to use the title Executive Master in Finance & Control and the Dutch equivalent 'registercontroller'.

FEB Career Services

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Potentiële beroepen

consultant in the domain of financial management / information systems
controller / management accountant
financial manager
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