Last week a new esports degree course was announced in the UK. ‘Esports Coaching & Performance’ is a new BSc undergraduate degree at the University of Portsmouth, and was created through a partnership between the university and IFoEC, the education partner of The International Federation of Esports Coaches. The course will be delivered via distance learning and begins this September.
Last month Patrick Walker, writing for Esports Insider, posed the question: are generic esports degrees worth students’ time and money? The focus was on UK universities.
Esports degrees — particularly in the UK — have received plenty of fair backlash in recent years. IFoEC and University of Portsmouth believe their course will be different, in part because of a unique specialisation in esports coaching and performance.
To learn more about the new course, Esports Insider spoke with Matt Watson, Head of Research, Learning and Development at IFoEC and former lecturer at the German Sports University in Cologne, and Mike Rayner, Associate Head, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth.