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Game and media technology MSc thesis

Course code:INFOMGMT2
Credits:25 ECTS
Period:Possible in any periode individually
Participants:up till now 3 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in MyTimetable
coordinatie          Anja Volk
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. Information for companies is given in our factsheet (in Dutch).


Before starting your thesis project, you need to fill in a research project application form and deliver it to the student desk. Please note that in exceptional cases, its copyright statement may be revised after conferral with the research project coordinator, Iris Caris. The form needs to be signed by you, your project supervisor (UU staff member), the GMT master coordinator (Anja Volk, BBG 4.19), and an examination board member (will be arranged by the student desk). Also ensure that you have included a second examiner (UU staff member).

NEW: for students starting their project on or after 1 November 2018: the old paper forms (application form, assessment form) and approvals (signatures) have been replaced by online forms in OSIRIS. Please go to Procedures and Forms for finding the instructions.

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), which means 40 hours per week. But 4 days per week is also allowed. In that case, please note that your project takes 25% more time to finish. Please be aware that this does not allow working on the side for more than one day per week.

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. As with all master theses, two supervisors from the department will grade the thesis.

The GMT staff will occasionally send calls for internships by e-mail. 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.

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 is motivated by your project supervisor who will fill out the assessment form part 1. 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 (see below).

The dissemination should be targeted at a broad audience, i.e. people who do not have background in computer science. You can choose between a video, a demo, a poster, or a website. For some inspiration, please look at the examples on the website below. When you are creating a video, it is good to create a voice over. When you are creating a website, please upload the source via the site (so do not link to an external website since they will typically disappear after a few years).

Some advice on writing your MSc thesis and creating the dissemination can be found in the sources below (login with your solisID):

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. Please be aware that if you do not finish in time, you cannot get a grade higher than 8.

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 (preferably within the GMT colloquium). 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 or Corine Kranenberg (BBG 4.14).
  • After your grade has been determined, your supervisor will fill in the assessment form part 2 in OSIRIS.
  • 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.
  • When your final grade is registered in OSIRIS, the administration will sent you an email confirming that your dossier will be sent to the Board of Examinations. The date on your diploma (degree = certificate), will be the last working day of the month in which your final grade is registered. 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.