Master of Science in Business Economics (Accountancy)

The Business Economics programme is aimed at students interested in the business scene. It prepares them for the active and flexible fulfilment of a wide range of tasks in the financial, industrial, trade and service sectors in which companies and social profit organisations operate.

Master's Programme
1 year 60 credits
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
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In the Business Economics programme students become acquainted with almost every functional aspect of the business world: how and why a company is established, how it is financed, how it organises itself administratively, how it produces goods and services, how it markets and sells those goods and services, how it deals with personnel and how the company’s management coordinates and steers all those activities. The emphasis is placed on the inside of the business. In the master’s programme there are three disciplines that allow you to tailor your curriculum, according to your own interests, and become an expert in one of the three functional fields.

Within the functional field of Accountancy, you are trained to start a career as auditor or user of accounting information. You’ll learn how to prepare the annual report, in line with the International Financial Reporting Standards, which aims to inform investors, shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, the government and other stakeholders about the organisation’s performance. Based on (international) auditing standards, you’ll learn how to check the reliability of these financial statements. The organisation’s internal accounting system, as part of the information system, produces important accounting information (budgets, product costs, etc.). Managers use this information to make business decisions as well as to measure managerial performance which influences their behaviour. Management control will teach you how to deal with these different purposes of accounting information. The course programme also covers research methods within the field of accountancy with attention for important academic research questions that are also relevant for practice. Several courses use a problem-based methodology in which students analyse and work out specific case studies in small groups.

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The admission requirements vary. Depending on your preliminary training, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.


The master’s programme has a modular structure. That means that you will no longer be taught according to the traditional semester system. From now on, your courses will be bundled in four modular blocks of six weeks each. You only have two courses per block which allows you to process the content in a more focused and in-depth manner. The teaching methods are challenging: case studies, group assignments, discussion panels, lectures, business games, etc. At the end of each modular block you have exams from the two previous courses. During a modular block you also get interim tests and (group) assignments. As a result, you no longer have exams in January or June.

In the second semester you will receive a practical course that fits with your specialisation and in which you become acquainted with the professional field. You will have enough time in the programme to work on your master’s thesis.

Finally, the master’s dissertation is a very important element. Via that dissertation you can show that you are able to apply the acquired knowledge to a problem independently.

If you want to combine a master’s degree with a teacher’s degree, then there is the option of following an ‘Educatieve master’ instead of the above described master. The Master's Programme in Teaching, however is a Dutch taught programme. More information can be found on

It is possible to participate in a double degree programme with the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. In a double degree programme students receive a degree of both the home and the host university. More information can be found on

Labour Market

The largest outlet for Business Economics graduates is the business world. We find graduates in every possible position within companies and social profit organisations. Most graduates start their career in the discipline that they choose in the master’s programme. After a few years this often shifts. Some graduates are given greater responsibilities within the original field and become a Marketing Manager or Financial Director. Others expand their career within a different functional field or are promoted to general management posts. The broad orientation of the programme makes such career moves easier. A significant number of graduates choose what is called an economic profession: accountant, corporate consultant, fiscal advisor, registered accountant, etc. These professions can be practised as an employee or as a self-employed person. Finally, we also find Business Economics graduates in banks, insurance companies, government services and services close to the government.

Some examples of jobs for graduates in Business Economics:

  • Auditor
  • Controller
  • Account manager
  • Digital marketeer
  • Credit control officer
  • Executive director
  • Business advisor
  • Marketing & communication officer