Specialisation in Accounting and Control
In the Master’s specialisation in Accounting and Control, you:
- gain an in-depth understanding of the intended functions of accounting and control in the governance of for-profit firms, public organisations and society at large;
- develop the knowledge and skills to analyse and design accounting and control systems in specific cases;
- gain an in-depth understanding of how various theoretical perspectives (economics, psychology, sociology) informs the design and use of accounting and control systems;
- gain insight into the professions and careers in controllership, accountancy, auditing and treasury.
This specialisation offers a solid academic foundation in the areas of accounting and control. It builds around the professional roles of accountants, in their classical roles of controller or auditor and their emerging roles in sustainability and inclusion. The specialisation focuses on analysing the crucial role of accounting and accountability in organisations and society. The programme prepares for careers in accountancy and controllership by training various analytical and professional skills. The courses root in academic research that combines various theoretical and empirical perspectives that help address organisational and societal demands for enhanced sustainability and responsibility. Graduates in this specialisation will find career paths in multiple areas such as auditing (for example, in the big four), controllership (in several private and public organisations), financial management and consultancy.
This specialisation differs from the other specialisations in the Master’s programme in Economics because of its strong focus on accounting, playing a pivotal between accounting, management and governance. It emphasises the professional practices of accountants and controllers while also touching upon their professional relationships with general and financial managers. The new course Societal Challenges in Economics integrates discussions on sustainable accounting and its effects on businesses and the industry, and on applying digital transformation such as using Artificial intelligence.
Your Master’s Thesis consists of an individual research project in which you investigate a topic of your choice in Accounting and Control under the close supervision of our expert staff. The preceding courses provide you with state-of-the-art knowledge on relevant topics. You can choose to research several perspectives that may include both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
This specialisation is tailor-made, so we offer no elective courses.