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Esports

MA

Game Changer

Become an expert in the legal, ethical and political dilemmas facing the industry

Pave the Way

Contribute to the body of research in this growing subject area

Industry first

Be a part of the UK’s first dedicated esports master’s degree

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
13 Months
Start date:
7 September 2020
School:
Computing and Digital Technologies
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Be part of the gaming phenomenon that’s watched by millions all over the world. Our Esports MA is designed to prepare you in the implementation of new research and practices vital to this growing industry. You’ll meet the people shaping the industry today, find out about the history of the sport and develop your own ideas on what the future might look like for Esports.

Our MA in esports is a cutting-edge course designed to develop the research skills needed to work within a growing number of jobs in this flourishing industry.

Studying under subject experts in a university with one of the largest computer games schools in the UK, you’ll learn advanced research skills and critical awareness that will enable you to fully immerse yourself in the esports ecosystem.

You will be expected to develop higher level research and analytical skills through the development of a substantive research project of your choice. The focus will be on the cultural aspects of esports, influencing policies and practices in the industry and developing a critical awareness of the sociological, legal and political economic landscape.

Utilising the state-of-the-art equipment in the Esports Hub, you will have the opportunity to attend and organise the esports events that you are passionate about.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Esports

Course content

Each module is designed to offer different disciplinary perspectives surrounding the culture and industry of esports, allowing you to bring your own experiences into discussion. You will develop a critical and investigative approach to the esports ecosystem, covering teams, leagues, tournaments, platforms, brands, games developers, investors and fans.

The International Esport Policy and Planning module gives you the opportunity to critically analyse the global economy of esports and focus on the legislative challenges facing the industry. In Managing Esports Arena Strategies, the various spaces and scales of different esports events are analysed with the aim of creating your own intervention into the event experience.

The Research Methods and Esports Data module introduces the use of research methods and ethics, which prepares students to learn and apply research independently from putting theory into practice. In the final dissertation focused module, students will develop a research topic of their own choice that reflects their interests and demonstrates their ability to apply skills they have developed throughout their course.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Dissertation And Dissemination 60 credits
Esports Ecosystem And Metrics 30 credits
International Esport Policy And Planning 30 credits
Managing Esport Arena Strategies 30 credits
Research Methods And Esports Data 30 credits

You will usually have achieved a 2:2 in a computing, games, business, events, marketing or digital related subject with evidence of engagement in Esports.  Alternatively you may have professional qualifications and/or experience.  If you need to discuss the entry requirements please get in touch with the course leader.

Facilities

Careers

After completing the Esports MA, you’ll be equipped to take on various research, community and event focused esports careers.

Interested in further study? After finishing your course, you'll leave with the skills you need for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you will:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your final project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

For the course starting on 7 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Full-time
Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands International (Non-EU)
Full time £7,850 per course £14,500 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the postgraduate fees page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MA
Full-time
7 September 2020

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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