Programs, regulations, schedule, preparatory courses

Course schedule

Courses start every year in September (see UNIL academic calendar).

Masters timetable and courses

Information relating to timetables and study programs may also be found on the display boards of the 2nd floor (lifts) of the Internef building. A network of television screens provides regular updates about timetable changes and other useful information.

Program structure

The MScCCF program extends over three semesters. After the first two semesters in Switzerland, students have the opportunity for the third semester to take part in an exchange program at a partner university.

Module 1 and 2

The content of the first two modules includes a range of courses focused on the basic subject areas of the MScCCF, i.e. financial accounting, management control, corporate finance, external auditing and taxation. The courses are a continuation of the courses offered in the Bachelor program and assume the student's knowledge already acquired in these respective fields.

Module 3

In the third module, students study the core disciplines of the program with a more academic approach in order to prepare themselves for writing their dissertation.

Elective courses include subjects such as accounting and financial markets, accounting decisions, earnings management, creative accounting & financial scandals, auditing financial institutions, international contracts, etc.

The program is completed no later than January of the second year. At this stage, MScCCF graduates will be able to take on important assignments in the areas of financial accounting, management control, corporate finance, auditing and corporate taxation, to write high-quality professional reports and to discuss advanced research topics enabling them to position themselves in the job market or to pursue doctoral studies at any leading university.

Credit allocation and workload

The 90 ECTS credits of this Master's program are allocated in 3 semesters as follows:

  • minimum 75 credits for courses

  • 15 credits for the Master's thesis

A typical 6-credit course represents 6 hours of lectures and supervised exercises per week, over a 14-week semester. Students should allow up to 2-3 additional hours per week for individual preparation.

Teaching language

French, some courses in English

Career prospects

This program aims to train future corporate executives and experts in accounting, control, finance, auditing and taxation. Learn more

Courses for the "expertise-comptable" diploma

Some courses offered by the MScCCF are necessary to obtain the equivalence for the federal diploma of "expert-comptable". If you fail one of these exams but still pass the module, you have the option of retaking the failed exam. A separate profile is created for this purpose. Please contact during the exam registration periods.

If you have passed your MScCCF, are no longer registered at UNIL and wish to retake failed subjects for the "expertise-comptable", you must register as an auditor. Once your registration is validated by the Service des immatriculation et inscriptions, please send the registration form to

Recommended courses prior to MScCCF

2nd year Bachelor
Comptes de groupe et contrôle externe (4.5 credits)
Droit des affaires I (3 credits)
Fondamentaux de contrôle de gestion (4.5 credits)
Principes de finance (6 credits)

3rd year Bachelor
Comptabilité financière approfondie (6 credits)
Droit des sociétés (3 credits)
Fiscalité (6 credits)
Contemporary Challenges in Management Control (3 credits)

Preparatory courses

Candidates who are required to successfully complete a preparatory program (French command necessary):

Exchange programs

During the third semester, students may take part in an exchange program and study at a university recognised by HEC Lausanne. A maximum of 15 ECTS credits can be acquired during the exchange.

Learn more

Follow us:        
Internef - CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 33 00
Fax +41 21 692 33 05
Association of MBAs (AMBA)Business School Impact System (BSIS)EFMD EQUIS AccreditedQuantitative Techniques for Economics & Management (QTEM)