Accounting and Controlling

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jun 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:7121 Duration:3 semestrs

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This postgraduate programme takes an international approach to combine theory and practice in providing broad business administration skills focused on International Financial Reporting Standards and Controlling. It builds on the knowledge gained during undergraduate studies, sustainably expands skills, and provides opportunities for students to independently develop creative solutions. The programme provides the skills needed to analyse and identify goal-oriented operative and strategic measures and implement them in new and diverse settings. The individual modules are strongly interactively structured, which not only encourages the participants' presentation skills and powers of articulation but also integrates their wealth of experience and insights into the process of mastering complex issues.
Furthermore, the students will practise solving economic and managerial problems independently and as part of a team.
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Educational organisation

The three-semester, full-time Master's programme comprises two semesters of coursework and one semester for the preparation of the Master's thesis and the final oral examination.
The first semester is built around mandatory courses. The respective modules are Advanced Financial and Advanced Managerial Accounting, IT Applications in Accounting as well as International Corporate Finance and Financial Analysis.
In the second semester, students participate in a seminar on Accounting and Controlling issues, which serves as a preparation for the Master's thesis. In addition, students can choose from a number of courses.
  • Elective 1: International Auditing or Business Process Management
  • Elective 2: Special Issues of International Accounting or Special Issues of Managerial Accounting
  • Studium Generale offers a wide range of options, such as Project Management, IT Security and Privacy, The Role of Europe in a Multipolar World, Corporate Transactions, Corporate Social Responsibility, Introduction to Programming, International Strategic Management etc. (subject to change).
During the third semester, students will be engaged in researching and writing their Master's thesis.


Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree with only 180 credit points (generally corresponding to a three-year Bachelor's programme) will be required to complete a work experience placement in the third semester, which is worth 30 credit points. Students with a Bachelor's degree worth 210 credit points who have already done supervised work experience on their undergraduate programme may also take a placement in the third semester if they wish.

Forms of assessment

All modules will be assessed at the end of each semester, either in an exam, a presentation, or a seminar paper (determined by the professor/lecturer). Credits are assigned to the modules according to the workload. A final thesis must be submitted at the end of the course of studies. The Master's thesis (oral exam included) is worth 30 ECTS credits.
In calculating the overall grade, the module grades and the grade of the thesis are weighted to reflect the number of ECTS points allocated to each module in the respective programme regulations.
The total amount of credits for this Master's degree are 90 ECTS (120 ECTS with internship).

Course objectives

The coursework at the Master's level focuses on management issues in the chosen specialisation Accounting and Controlling.
Students will learn to understand how research expands the boundaries of knowledge and how they can develop original ideas by applying what they have learned. Moreover, graduates will be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and will consequently be able to solve problems by thinking "outside the box". They will acquire the skills and abilities needed in the workplace, including sound judgement, personal responsibility, and the ability to take the initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.
Graduates of the Master's programme in Accounting and Controlling generally seek employment with public and private corporations, institutions, government services or other international organisations.

Language requirements

Very good knowledge of English is required. The level of English proficiency should correspond to at least level B2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference), e.g. TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0 or CAE.

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's or equivalent degree in business studies
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2, according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference), e.g. TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0 or CAE
  • Specific evidence of having completed undergraduate courses in financial accounting and managerial accounting/controlling
  • Letter of motivation in English
  • Curriculum vitae in English
  • GMAT with a score of 600 or above (This applies only to non-EU/non-EEA degrees. In this case, proof of English proficiency is not necessary.)

Enrolment fees

Fees for the student services organisation and student parliament groups are approx. 300 EUR (subject to change without notice) per semester. This includes the cost of a semester ticket semester, which allows students to use the Berlin Public Transport (BVG) for six months.

Costs of living

The cost of living in Berlin is estimated at approx. 850 EUR per month. This includes rent in a student residence hall (private accommodation costs from 300 to 500 EUR per month), living expenses, health insurance, books and materials, and incidental expenses.

Job opportunities

There are many job opportunities for students in Berlin.
Non-EU students are permitted to work within specified limits.

Arrival support

The Master's Office organises an orientation day for new students and offers consultation.

Services and support for international students

You will be supported by the Study Office at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.


Student Services ("Studentenwerk") and other institutions currently offer 15,600 rooms in student residence halls throughout Berlin.
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