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MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING AND CONTROL

About the programme
Language: English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)

Introduction

Management Accounting – also known as Management Control – is one of the classical and most fundamental aspects of business administration. We aim at developing management technologies and test theories within production, reporting, analysis and managerial use of financial as well as non-financial information that can:

  • Be used for communicating financial events in the organisation;
  • Influence decisions on resource allocation;
  • Influence the management of the organisation and improve the insight and feedback.

The programme provides you with in-depth knowledge of

  1. The classical foundation of management accounting;
  2. The use and application of information technology; and
  3. The development of modern management accounting practices.

The Management Accounting and Controlling programme provides you with professional qualifications and competences that mirror and sum up the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired through the prerequisite courses, specialisation courses and electives. The main objective of the programme is to convey professional qualifications and competencies, which you can apply in your professional life and in your future career no matter where you choose to live and work.

Admission Requirements

Students that hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or variants hereof from Aarhus University can pursue direct admission to the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration after they complete their Bachelor’s degree programme.

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, Bsc (HA) from one of the Danish universities, you fulfill the specific admission requirement for the Master’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.).

If you hold a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD), you can also pursue admission to the MSc programmes in Economics and Business Administration. However, it is required that you complete supplementary courses corresponding to 20 ECTS. For information on which supplementary courses you should take please check the overview of supplementary courses for HD (available only in Danish).   

Students that hold a degree from another university

If you hold a degree from another university, your qualifications will be assessed once you have applied for admission. You can also have your qualifications pre-assessed by Aarhus University, Admission between 1 September and 31 October in order to find out if you meet the admission requirements. Please contact ma.admission@au.dk for further information about pre-assessments between 1 September and 31 October.  The assessment will prioritize the sufficient content of the following subjects and ECTS-points:  

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

15 ECTS

Managerial Economics and Operations Management

15 ECTS

Marketing

7,5 ECTS

Finance and Accounting

15 ECTS

Organisation- and Leadership Theory

7,5 ECTS

Microeconomics

5 ECTS

Additional ECTS points within the abovementioned areas

15 ECTS

Total ECTS within Economics and Business Administration

80 ECTS

Language requirements

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency.
Please see the page on language requirements.

Programme Structure

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

 

The study programme consists of two semesters in the first year which cover the compulsory courses in the programme specialisation and two semesters in the last year which are reserved for the student's own specialisation.

In the first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme.

In the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in project-based internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. 

Student Life

 

Learning in an International Context

At Aarhus BSS, we conduct research at the highest academic level.

All researchers employed are engaged in research projects covering a wide range of different subjects and focusing on knowledge and skills considered essential for professional business activities in the global marketplace. All faculty have both research and teaching responsibilities which means that our teaching is continually based on the latest research results.

Aarhus BSS is very internationally oriented. The broad scope of our research activities and educational programmes enable us to attract researchers, teachers, and students from all over the world, and this creates an international environment for research and learning in which academic views are exchanged, experiences are gathered and friendships are formed.

Aarhus University is a leading university in Denmark in building student exchange opportunities. The university encourages all students to spend time studying abroad. Every year, more than 700 students from Aarhus BSS go abroad to participate in exchange programmes around the world at our more than 300 partner universities. About the same number of students from all over the world come to participate in the exchange programme in Aarhus, and this contributes to a truly international learning atmosphere.

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Career

Tasks as a Graduate

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represents the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Today, we see increased decentralisation of corporate financial data and financial management, and it has therefore become even more important for the controller to find and process relevant information in a qualified way. In many job profiles words like analytical skills, communication ability and a good knowledge of different IT-systems e.g. excel, SAP, etc. are necessary.

When you have earned the degree, your career opportunities will be numerous; 

  • different types of controller e.g., business controller, project controller, concern or global controller, and financial controller, and both within the private sector as well as within the non-profit and the public sector;
  • financial manager or chief financial executive;
  • consultant and advisor in different aspects - in Danish as well as in international corporations;
  • internal controller;
  • lecturer or
  • you may wish to proceed to become a Ph.D. student.

The Department of Economics and Business has its own Accounting Research Group, and you will have the opportunity to participate in different research projects as a student assistant or research assistant.


Profile of Competencies 

The research-based MSc study programme in Economics and Business Administration builds on the competencies and insights acquired in the BSc study programme in Economics and Business Administration.

The study programme provides the graduate with specialist knowledge within the disciplines of the study programme, which gives the graduate high academic qualifications to develop solutions to issues pertaining to business administration in companies and organisations in the public and private sectors.

The study programme also qualifies the graduate for further studies, including PhD studies.

Through the study programme, the graduate has acquired knowledge that enables the graduate to 

  • Understand and consider knowledge pertaining to the various disciplines as well as identifying academic issues
  • Master the scientific methodologies and tools of the various disciplines as well as mastering general skills associated with employment within the areas studied
  • Assess and choose among the scientific methodologies and tools of the various disciplines as well as developing new analysis and solution models
  • Discuss professional and academic issues with both specialists and laymen
  • Manage work and development situations that are complex, unpredictable and require new solution models
  • Initiate and carry out, on an independent basis, monodisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration and take professional responsibility
  • Take responsibility, on an independent basis, for own professional development and specialisation

From Studies to the First Job

“The chemistry is important. You often hear that you have to “choose your employer”. It can be difficult to know what kind of person you are sitting in front of at a job interview but nevertheless try to sense it. A good chemistry is crucial for your satisfaction with the job. Furthermore a good chemistry means that you perform a little extra and therefore get a good start on your career.” (MSc in Management Accounting and Control).