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Game and media technology MSc thesis

Course code:INFOMGMT2
Credits:25 ECTS
Period:kan in elke periode op individuele basis
Participants:up till now 37 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris
coordinatie          Roland Geraerts
Contents: Requirement

To be allowed to start with the thesis project, you must have obtained at least 67.5 EC. The contents of the project should be related to a GMT topic.


Before starting your thesis project, you need to fill in a research project application form and deliver it to the student desk. The form needs to be signed by you, your project supervisor (UU staff member), the GMT master coordinator (Roland Geraerts, BBG 4.18), and an examination board member (will be arranged by the student desk). Also ensure that you have included a second examiner (UU staff member). At least one UU staff member needs to be an Associate or Full professor.

On the above page, please also read about the delay protocol. Among other things, it says: 'There will be strict adherence to the ending date as specified (before starting the project) in the 'application form'. If an assessment is reasonably possible on the ending date, the assessment will be made and processed.'

You are advised to work full time (i.e. 5 days per week), but 4 days per week is also allowed. In that case, please note that your project takes 25% more time to finish.

Graduation rooms

During your master's thesis project, you're cordially invited to work in the GMT graduation room: BBG 4.25. Please first make an appointment with the GMT coordinator (Roland Geraerts) to find out whether there is a spot available. The room's key can be retrieved from the secretary. If BBG 4.25 is full, then you can find spot in BBG 6.83.

External project

You have the possibility to do your thesis project at a company or government institute. In that case, one of the staff members of the department should approve the project and serve as a supervisor.

The GMT staff will occasionally send calls for internships by e-mail. Some calls are posted on this page. In case of a project or internship outside of Utrecht University, please make sure you have filled out the 'daily supervisor' section in the research project application form. If an external party hosts you as a student, you also need to provide a Work Place Agreement. Please also consult this page for more information.

Scope constraints

The topic of the master thesis should lie within the domain of game and media technology. We encourage you to choose a topic that fits your supervisor’s interests and ongoing work closely.

Body of the work

This section describes the version for students who started in September 2014 or later, but this information is also relevant for students who started earlier.

The MSc thesis is split into two parts: 15 EC (preparation) and 25 EC (execution). This comprises 3 periods of work (including the GMT colloquium), which is about 7.5 months of work.

The first part comprises 1 period of full-time work. The student will complete (at least) the following deliverables:

  • The MSc research application form (asap)
  • A completed literature research for the project
  • A clear (list of) research question(s)
  • A skeleton of the thesis
  • A time plan for the second part of the thesis
  • A description of the research methodology
  • A plan for the evaluation of the results/outcome

After the first part, the supervisors will make a go/no-go decision (so you will not get a grade). This decision will be entered in Osiris.

For some projects it may be convenient to already start with parts of the second part (e.g. develop theory or implement an algorithm).

The second part comprises 25 EC (2 periods). You will complete (at least) the following items:

  • Perform and complete scientific research according to the predefined plan;
  • Write a scientific report about this research. You may choose between a regular thesis (plus optional appendix), or a scientific conference/journal paper, plus mandatory appendix;
  • Give a presentation about the work;
  • Produce a dissemination targeted at a broad audience (this can be a video, article, demo, poster, or website). The dissemination needs to be uploaded to the GMT thesis projects site. Note that your supervisor first has to log in and needs to activate your contribution before it is visible.
Usual assessment criteria

Your thesis is usually assessed by using the following criteria:

  • Level: Theoretical level, practical/experimental level, understanding of the underlying matter, amount of work in relation to number of EC
  • Problem handling: Methods, techniques, design instrumentation, implementation, experiments
  • Skills: Analytical skills, model building, distinguishing matters of major and minor importance, evaluation, independence, collaboration, self-reflectiveness, planning
  • Effort and attitude
  • Originality
  • Relevance, knowledge utilization
  • Report/Thesis: Literature survey, problem statement, style of writing, quality of Dutch/English, report structure, textual structure, coherence/consistency, conclusions/recommendations, neatness
  • Oral presentation: Presentation/public speaking skills, structure, discussion skills, presentational aids
  • Dissemination targeted at a broad audience
Cum Laude

To receive a cum laude, your grade for the second part should be at least 8.5. The grade for part 1 is averaged with the grades for all the master courses.

Other useful information

If you want to take a look at master theses from the past, look in Igitur.

Please also read GMT regulations.

Procedures around the completion of your project

  • Determine date and time to defend your thesis. Your defense will be 40-45 minutes long: 30 minutes for your presentation, and 10-15 minutes for questions. The defense will be concluded by a discussion of 15 minute of the committee to determine the grade. For reservation of a room, please contact Geraldine Leebeek (BBG 5.74), Corine Kranenberg (BBG 4.14) or Rita Jansen (BBG 4.14).
  • After your grade has been determined, your supervisor will fill in the research project assessment form and deliver it to the student desk.
  • You also need to deliver a PDF of the final version of your thesis. Don't forget this, because this is a requirement before you can graduate! Your title page should contain the name of our institution, and a thesis number (= ICA-your_student_number). Upload the PDF to Igitur.
  • Fill in the Statement of conformity form, let it be signed by the coordinator (Roland Geraerts), and hand it over to the student desk. You can send this form to me in a digital form to save some time. Please note that I only sign the form when it is filled in correctly (e.g. the correct number of EC should be mentioned for the GMT project and colloquium) and after you have finalized the dissemination (if you have started in September 2014 or later).
  • After you get your grade (or before, if you are very close to completion, and are sure of your schedule; please consult your supervisor), register for your examination. This means that you now officially request the Examination Board to approve your master certificate. The procedure is described here.
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn.