Study programme

Game and Media Technology is a two-year research oriented Master's programme (120 EC). EC stands for European Credits in which 1 EC equals 28 hours of work.


The curriculum consists of a 75 EC course part, followed by a 40 EC research part and a GMT Colloquium in year 2. 

Course part (75 EC)

The course part of this programme consists of:

  • 2 compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • 8 elective courses (60 EC) 

In the course list below you can find a description of the specific courses. Please note: students cannot be guaranteed a spot in a certain (elective) course.  Some courses may have limitations on the number of students that can enroll. 

Game and Media Technology (GMT) Colloquium

The Colloquium Game and Media Technology is a series of talks and research paper presentations on GMT-related topics. The main focus of the colloquium is to give you the opportunity to prepare and practice giving a talk, and to widen the knowledge about different research directions related to GMT. Furthermore, there will be invited talks from GMT research and/or the industry, as well as sessions with a special topic, such as scientific integrity. 

Research part (40 EC)

The majority of the 2nd year is spend on conducting a research project and writing your Master’s thesis.  

The research project is your final project part of the programme. In this project, you will work on a research question within the field of game and media technology. The topic is defined in collaboration with a supervisor from the department. The master project consists of two phases. In the first phase (15 EC), you will write a literature study and you will further define your research question based on your literature review. You will get a separate grade for this phase. In the second phase (25 EC), you will perform the research and write a report about the results that includes the literature review you have written in the first phase. You will also give a presentation about your work. The master project can be done internally, or externally at another university or at a company, in the Netherlands or in another country. 


  • Written exam
  • Papers
  • Presentations
  • Assignments
  • Colloquium
  • Master’s thesis

Extra opportunities

Utrecht University offers several programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. These programmes are followed on top of your regular Master’s programme and go beyond the regular curriculum. Do you want to know more about extracurricular opportunities?    

Read more about the honours programmes