Master of Science in Media Technology - MMT

Short description

Effective communication with costumers, network and the government is necessary for companies, the industry and organizations to succeed. This flood of information contains pictures, sound, print and web sites on the Internet, mostly digital. Master of Science in Media Technology is a computer science program where students will learn to master many of the computer-based technologies needed in digital media. The students will become an important resource both for the traditional media industry and for companies and organizations that want to take advantage of digital media.

The programme is offered in a flexible manner to fit well to all the target groups of students (fulltime, parttime and distant). In general, on campus presence is required only three weeks per semester. Attendance is also strongly recommended for the initial first two weeks of the programme when preparatory courses are offered.


The study programme is a two years (120 ECTS) postgraduate programme leading to a Master's degree. Students with a engineering degree from bachelor level will get the degree Master of Technology in Media Technology if they choose mathematics as one of the electives. Everyone else will get the degree Master of Science in Media Technology. The study programme qualifies for PhD studies.

Expected learning outcomes

The programme will give students advanced level knowledge and experience in the integration and use of technologies and tools used for producing, processing, filing, and distributing digital media. In addition, the students will gain an overall understanding of the processes being used to produce new as well as old media products. The programme is largely focused on computer science and media/graphic arts technologies, but the students will also get a good understanding of the media industry and its challenges (organisational, economic, legal, etc.). The students will specialise in at least one area of media technology through elective subjects and their work on projects and the final Master's thesis.
After completing the program, the students will possess skills in using technologies and tools for digital media. The students will specifically have deep knowledge of technologies that enable production, processing, distribution, and retrieval of digital media.

The students will develop good work attitudes and ethics that put the users' and society's needs first when choosing or developing technologies and tools for the digital media.


The courses are taught in english. The study programme admits international full time students and accepts exchange students for one or two semesters. There are good cooperation with universities in Germany, The Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Finland and France, but also with universities in United Kingdom, Canada and United States. The students are encouraged to take a semester in a foreign university and will get help and advice in where and when.

Target Group

The study programme is aiming to recruit graduated bachelor’s in media technology, informatics or similar, but other background can also be interesting, especially people with interest or experience in development, integration and use of digital media systems. There are 3 target groups:

  • Undergraduate students entering the programme as a continuation of their bachelor degree without any prior work experience
  • Industry students (or students in private/public sector in general) looking for a full-time or part-tiem masters programme which is flexible and can be adapted to their employers needs and their pown individual needs.
  • International students: full-time, part-time or exchange students arriving for only single semesters

Admission Criteria

Applicants must have a 3-year undergraduate degree to qualify for admission, preferably a bachelor's degree in computer science or a bachelor's degree in graphic arts engineering, informatics or media technology. The applicants must document that they have at least 60 ECTS credits in information technology/computing subjects (of which at least 10 ECTS credits in databases, data modelling, and/or information modelling) and at least 10 ECTS credits in mathematics.

Course Structure

The first year of the study programme will give the students a basic understanding of media technology and media management. They will learn the principles for production, use and storage of digital text, images, sound and video. They will learn about development of components in media technology and how these can be integrated in complete systems for archiving, retrieval and deliverance of digital media. The students will also get knowledge in how to evaluate the consequences in organisations and the society when using media technology and keeping up with the fast evolvement.

The second year of study the students will iwork with indexing and retrieval, and also specialize in one or two media technology related topics and can choose from a wide range of elective courses. The last semester is devoted to the master’s thesis.

More information about the different courses can be found on the web pages for the Faculty of Computer Science and Media Technology.

Technical Prerequisites

Students who choose to participate in the study program on distance, need a relatively new (no more than 2-3 years old) computer and a broadband Internet connection. Software that is needed is mostly freely available on the Internet. In some courses commercial products, such as MatLab, are required. de som velger å følge studiet på distanse vil det være nødvendig med en relativt ny datamaskin (maks 2-3 år) med internettilkobling.

For practical computer skills, it is expected that students can use any common operating system (MacOS, Solaris, GNU/Linux or Microsoft Windows) both with graphical user interface and a command line interface.

Table of subjects

Courses 1st year students 2009/2010

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A) S4(S)
IMT4891 Digital Workflow Fundamentals C 5      
IMT4951 Applied Digital Workflow E 5      
REA4003 Mathematics 40 E 5      
IMT4801 Color Science C 5      
IMT4811 Image processing and analysis C 5      
IMT4501 XML and Web Technologies C 5      
IMT4421 Scientific Methodology C 5      
IMT4451 Coding and compression of media data C   10    
IMT4821 Databases in electronic publishing C   5    
IMT4691 User centered design C   5    
IMT4831 Media Management and Business Development C   10    
Sum: 30 30 0 0
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course

Master in media technology 2nd study year 2010/2011

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A) S4(S)
IMT4911 Content-based Indexing and Retrieval C     5  
IMT4601 Research Project Planning C     5  
IMT5251 Advanced Project Work C     5  
Advanced course E     5  
Elective course, 5 ECTS E     5  
Elective course, 5 ECTS E     5  
IMT4901 Master's Thesis C       30
Sum: 0 0 30 30
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course

Advanced courses

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A) S4(S)
IMT5261 Advanced course in color imaging E     5  
IMT5281 Advanced course in video processing E     5  
IMT5321 Advanced course in web technology E     5  
IMT5331 Advanced course in Game Technology E     5  
GEO5011 Geographical Information Technology for Web Developers E     5  
Sum: 0 0 0 0
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course

Elective courses

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A) S4(S)
IMT4612 Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition I E     5  
IMT4691 User centered design E     5  
IMT4921 Media Security E     5  
IMT4931 Semantic Web E     5  
IMT4991 Mathematics for signal and image processing E     5  
IMT3661 Mobile System Programming C     5  
Sum: 0 0 0 0
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course