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European Post-Master Accountancy program

European post-Master Accountancy program

Date: To be announced Location: Tilburg

You want to become a Registered Accountant (RA) and you’re looking for a solid education at a renowned university. A program that covers the latest developments in the field and has teachers with cutting-edge knowledge out of personal practice. Where you build a network of talented young professionals that offer insights from their own international experiences. A post-Master’s program that allows you to combine work and education and provides you the knowledge and skills you need to take the next step in your career.

EPMA - Tilburg University

Tilburg University offers you:

  • A 2,5-year program to become a Registered Accountant (RA) in the Netherlands that starts in November of each year. Under specific conditions you can start the program in May (you will join the cohort that started in November). 
  • A cultural enriching experience, special classes are given in Frankfurt and Brussels and a one-week seminar in Valencia is included.
  • Seminars are scheduled in November, May, and July, limited study-related time is planned in the busy season of January to April. 
  • One or two weeks of uninterrupted blocks of classes lead to a better balance between study and work. It allows students who live remotely from campus or who frequently travel to participate. 
  • An innovative curriculum, with ample attention to large recurring themes on top of  the three core classes (Financial Reporting & Financial Reporting Law, Auditing & Assurance, and Internal Control & Accounting Information Systems), including: Ethics, Data Analytics, and Sustainability.
  • High-quality faculty that mainly consists of professors and experienced practitioners. Our lecturers combine their practical experience with a passion for education. A combination that translates into interesting and relevant classes.
  • Society is changing and with it the work of the auditor. We therefore also discuss topics that go beyond traditional financial auditing curricula, including internal and operational auditing, governmental auditing, and the accountant as a financial professional.
  • Theory and practical experience are well-integrated. For example, you can complete your ICAIS-practical case as part of your post-Master’s program. This wins you time and expenses, since the assignment counts for the practical part of your RA education and is included in the tuition fee of the EPMA.
  • The program is small-scale and interactive. You will know your fellow students and lecturers well, and there is ample opportunity for personal guidance. Classes have a maximum of 30 students.
  • A great contribution to your network. Since you experience the blocks of classes together with your peers, you will enrich your network and your learning experience with each other. The seminars abroad create a true team spirit among our students.
  • On-the-go training in English business language.
  • The program and employers are selective towards potential students (check your company's policy regarding the EPMA). 


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Courses and study load

The table below gives a quick overview of the courses and study load of the EPMA program.  

Courses and ECTS credits ECTS credits 
Internal control and Accounting Information Systems 21 
Auditing & Assurance 28 
Financial Reporting & Financial Reporting Law 19 
Behavior, Ethics and Decision making 
Total (excl. Company Law, Tax Law, and Bookkeeping) 76 
Company Law* 12 
Tax Law* 14 
Bookkeeping (Advanced Financial Processes [AFP])* 12 
Total (incl. Law and Bookkeeping) 114 

* = Company Law, Tax Law, and Bookkeeping are deficiency courses that are embedded in the curriculum. You can follow these courses without additional costs. These are only mandatory for students who do not have the required previously acquired competencies in these fields. For students who do have previously acquired competencies in these fields we will evaluate what parts of the deficiency courses are already covered by their prior education and what parts are not. We will then design a tailor-made deficiency program for these students. 

Structure and schedule

Each year the program starts in November. The student will then join the cohort that started in November and compensate for the missed classes via self-study that is facilitated by the program. The table below gives the number of days per course and per seminar for cohort 2024. Alternatively, the student may consider enrolling in the post Master Accountancy in English program that starts annually in March and has classes on Fridays throughout the year.

Cohort 2024 Tilburg 






Course # daysNov 2024May 2025Jul 2025Nov 2025May 2026Jul 2026Nov 2026
Practice6 3  3  
FR&FRL 15    366
ICAIS 153363   
A&A 2033 5333
CL 633     
TL 6   33  
AFP 4    22 
Total 7291261114119