Interpreting information for better business decisions Company decisions, such as how many employees to hire, how many products to make and so on, require financial information. Financial consultants interpret information, enabling resource allocation decisions that are necessary to taking decisions and meeting targets. Auditors, on the other hand, check the reliability of that information.
International appeal International accounting principles are exactly that: international. This means you can take your qualification with you wherever you go, allowing you to work across the globe. The department of Accounting and Information Management has also undertaken research for the EU as well as top Dutch and other European auditing firms. You will benefit from the best in international research.
Accountancy is available as a 1-year, full-time programme or a 2-year, part-time programme. Courses are taught entirely in English. Graduates will receive a master's degree in International Business with a specialisation in Accountancy.
Accounting is the backbone of any company; without it, profit, people and products cannot exist. Financial information needs to be gathered, interpreted and checked in order to be able to make business decisions. As a graduate of Accountancy, you can become a Financial Consultant, Auditor or many other positions in the financial world.
What will you learn? Your education will focus on the four main accounting areas: financial accounting, management accounting, auditing (assurance services) and information management (accounting and information systems). You will tackle these from both a theoretical and a practical point of view.
At the end of the track, you will be able to:
• design internal accounting systems that help management decision-making on issues such as pricing, make or buy, and mergers and acquisitions • prepare, read and interpret financial statements • provide assurance on the reliability of reporting mechanisms, such as annual reports
Small teaching groups and practical case studies and examples are excellent preparation for the world of work. Although these are common to all programmes and tracks at the school, they apply especially well to Accountancy.
Interaction with companies is fundamental to this track. You will have the opportunity to visit companies, meet future potential employers, join study associations, and attend guest lectures and workshops given by audit firms, such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and PricewaterhouseCoopers. At post-graduate stage, links with the corporate world are stronger still: the post-graduate programmes listed below are a vital part of companies’ management and executive development; and executives of corporations sit on the programmes’ Supervisory Boards.
After graduating in Accountancy, you can take either a Dutch post-graduate programme or an international post-graduate programme that both focus on qualifying you to become a Registered Auditor. You can obtain this qualification by attending a part-time programme whilst working in the field.
Graduates have found positions in:
- auditing firms or departments - their own businesses - financial consultancy
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