Accountancy and Controlling

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Study accountancy and controlling in Groningen and learn about how modern-day developments are affecting the provision of information to organizations' internal and external stakeholders.

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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. 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 decisions require relevant, reliable, and timely information. 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, attention will be paid to the opportunities and threats which arise due to innovations in information technology. Similarly, topics like sustainability and their 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's programme.

Did you know you can also study management accounting and control in Groningen? Find out more about our MSc Business Administration - Management Accounting and Control.

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.
  • 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). ►
  • The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.


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The programme has two profiles to choose from: Accountancy and Controlling.

The Accountancy profile focuses on the information needs of external stakeholders, such as shareholders. This focus comes back in courses on Auditing (10 EC in total) and Financial Accounting (10 EC). Attention will be given to both a firm's external reporting and the investigation of the quality of information systems and external reports.
Accountancy: Financial Accounting Theory
5 EC
Accountancy: Strategic & Organizational Design
5 EC
Accountancy: IT in Control
5 EC
Accountancy: Data-driven Control
5 EC
Accountancy: Auditing Theory
5 EC
Accountancy: Research in Accounting and Control
5 EC
Controlling: Data-driven Control
5 EC
Controlling: Strategic & Organizational Design
5 EC
Controlling: Research in Accounting and Control
5 EC
Controlling: Management Accounting Techniques
5 EC
Controlling: Management Accounting Change
5 EC
Controlling: IT in Control
5 EC
Accountancy: Corporate Reporting
5 EC
Accountancy: Auditing Research
5 EC
Accountancy: Master's Thesis Accountancy
20 EC
Controlling: Value-Based Management
5 EC
Controlling: Research in Management Control
5 EC
Controlling: Master's Thesis Controlling
20 EC


specialisatie Double Degree Master Chinese Economy and Finance (Shanghai)

Are you interested in an international career in or involving China?

Study in Shanghai after your FEB Master's programme in Groningen and gain first-hand knowledge and experience of China and the economy, finance 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 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 17000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17800

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Students with a Dutch diploma can apply directly to Studielink. More information on the steps to apply.


To be eligible for admission to this Master's, 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 and Controlling; the content 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:

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registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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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.

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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.
Financial Study Association Groningen
FSG is the study association for financially interested students at the Faculty of Economics and Business. FSG is founded in 2021 and is established from the merger between Risk and Pro Memorie.

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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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.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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. To become an auditor, you usually need an additional qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Controllers are employed by profit and non-profit 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. 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'.

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Potentiële beroepen

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