Staffordshire University has become the first university in the UK to introduce an esports-specific degree.
The Esports Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) course will begin in 2018 and is a three-year degree.
First-year tuition fees cost £9,250 for UK and European students, or £10,900 for international students.
Entry requirements are as follows:
- Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
- A levels: BBC
- BTEC: DMM
A course description on the UCAS website reads as follows: “The BA (Hons) Esports focusses on the business of esports. You will learn how to host small and large scale events for single player and multi-player teams, create business plans to develop teams, create on-line communities and promote your events through digital marketing.
“You will also get the opportunity to explore the culture of esports, its audience and fan base and different game genres that make up the most popular in current times. Staffordshire University is considered to be one of the largest and best games universities in the UK. In 2016 we were considered the best place in the UK to study games design and development by ALPHR – the on-line branch of PC Pro.
“We also have a long history of event management courses with feedback via NSS and SVS indicating a high level of student satisfaction. The success in these two areas will see a unique partnership between games and events to create a truly outstanding experience in the UK market.”
In terms of the course breakdown across the three years, the description reads: “In year 1, you’ll be introduced to esports cultures and learn about streaming techniques and layouts. You will learn about the business of competitive gaming, event marketing and work towards organising your first esports event.
“In year 2 you’ll continue your studies of event management to develop and deliver a team based esports event. You will learn about the technical set up that’s required to deliver these events along with Public Relations to promote the event and about casting and hosting your own event.
“In the final year you will become totally immersed in esports events and develop a large scale commercial event from start to finish. You will also learn about games community management and the legal issues involved with esports before finally creating business plans for your own esports company. Our academics come from a variety of backgrounds, including marketing, games design, interactive media technology, event management and esports practitioners.”