The course will begin in September 2020 and will cost £9,250 for UK/EU Students. It will be a three year, full time, programme. Set to give students experiences in a variety of roles within the esports industry, the course will cover marketing, branding and management of events and teams.
Further modules will explore interpreting data and the laws governing the subject. Two faculty members will cover the course, Richard Oddy, focusing on business and management, and Dr Russell Cowley, a retired hockey player will concentrate on the sport aspects.
The University page says that “Esports has become one of the world’s most exciting entertainment trends with a recent industry report stating that the industry is expected to be worth $1.7 billion by 2021, growing at a rate of 18.4% per year. With this growth there is the increasing number of job opportunities for graduates with the knowledge and expertise to excel in this environment.”
Rob Black, Chief Operating Office at ESL Gaming UK said “Birmingham City University are providing a genuinely insightful and exciting course to prepare students for the fast moving world of esports.” ESL, based in Birmingham, went on to say that the degree will give students a strong understanding of Esports as a whole.
Applicants will need BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level, with a minimum of 2 A-Levels.
Birmingham are host to the Insomnia Gaming Festival, held every April in the NEC, making it the perfect city to launch this comprehensive degree in Esports.
The new course proves the growing popularity of Esports within the UK. Many universities in the United States are now offering such degrees, but just a handful are doing so in England. Staffordshire University launched one in 2017, and now BCU and Chichester are offering their own.
Find out more about the BCU course here.