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Master in Finance and Accounting fulltime

One-year master in English, starts in September and February

The Master in Finance & Accounting will enable you to build the knowledge and analytical skills needed to design and implement the management systems used to plan and control a firm's performance.

The goal of any enterprise is to create value for its stakeholders. In times of increasing risks it is crucial to take the right financial decisions. Three main themes form the core of the Master in Finance and Accounting, reflecting the multiple roles of the Financial Manager: financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. The Financial Manager is responsible for providing financial advice and support to colleagues and clients to enable them to make sound business decisions. Only with a thorough understanding of all aspects of the business are they able to effectively advise and support management in decision making and furthering company growth and profitability. The Financial Manager should also have extensive knowledge of how risk is defined. They need a sharp eye for recognising the links between the risk and the opportunity costs of capital, while being an expert in coping with risk in practical situations. This one-year Master in Finance and Accounting will help you to gain the expertise and skills you need to be successful in this role.

This programme will be part of the new Rotterdam Business School (Dutch).

Programme structure

A view of the study programme
Three pillars

Finance and accounting professionals play an increasingly active role in modern businesses. Managerial decision making depends on professionals with a Financial background, who take into account behavioural aspects, describe and analyse problems of choice and provide the background and tools for razor-sharp analysis.

A degree in Finance and Accounting puts you right at the heart of industrial change, where you will be able to fully utilise your analytical skills.

Programme structure

Rotterdam Business School's Master programmes are built on three pillars:

  • Education consists of core, specialisation and elective modules. You can to a large extent determine your own course while developing all the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies of a professional in international business.
  • Research is the focus of the final stage of our programmes. You will complete your studies with a thesis research project, which can revolve around a theoretical subject or a project executed for an existing organisation.
  • Personal development is encouraged through a system that invites you to set your own particular study goals - and continually test those choices.

The curriculum of the Master programme consists of general modules, specialisation modules and a cycle of guest lectures. This design was adopted to create the combination of knowledge, skills and competencies that all professionals in the business field must have.

The first three blocks of the study programme start with a combination of general modules and specialisation modules. The general modules, which focus on management and research, provide the solid foundation of the Master Degree. The general modules are: Critical Thinking & Research Methodology, International Project, Personal Development, and managing Corporate Sustainability. The cycle of guest lectures is entitled "Global Business in Transition". The specialisation modules are: Financial Reporting and Analysis, Accounting for Strategic Decision Making, Operational Financial Management, Corporate Valuation, Management Control and Performance Measurement Systems, Financial Decision Making, Economics, Risk Management, International Financial Management.


An indication of the subjects you can expect

After your study programme

Different possibilities
After your graduation

Congratulations! You just finished your Master in Finance and Accounting and will receive the title Master of Science (MSc).

With your degree, you will receive a supplement, a DS-label. With this English document, you can show the value of your degree abroad when applying for other study programmes or when applying for a job.


Graduates of the Master in Finance and Accounting perform successfully in such fields as:

  • translating external developments into internal business procedures
  • providing support for decisions on critical financial issues
  • analysing the financial performance of an organisation as a whole as well as business units
  • implementing up-to-date costing systems and allocating decision rights
  • developing conceptual frameworks for providing accounting information to investors and creditors.

Financial director

As a financial director you will be primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of an organisation. You may also have responsibilities for the analysis of data, financial planning and record-keeping, as well as financial reporting to higher management.



Where will you study?
  • Kralingse Zoom

  • Study in R'dam (in Dutch)

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