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University of Waikato launches New Zealand’s first Esports minor qualification

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With three out of every four New Zealanders now involved in video gaming, the University of Waikato has launched New Zealand’s first Esports minor qualification and is taking enrolments for 2022.

Waikato is one of only a handful of universities around the world offering the minor that will provide students an overview of the Esports industry, a business expected to turn over $US1 billion this year and the world’s fastest growing sport.

Tom Featonby, Esports coordinator at the University, says the minor builds on the University’s OMEN Esport Area, launched in 2019, the University positioning itself as an Esport industry leader.

“It is such an exciting and rapidly growing industry. We also know it is where most of our secondary students are, so it’s helping to bring a connection between something they are passionate about and higher learning.”

The minor, made up of four papers, covers topics from the training and performance of elite gamers through to Esports production and broadcasting and will enable students to bring that understanding to their chosen profession.

Institution Overview

The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio. With around 13,000 students and 1,500 staff, we offer a distinctive and rewarding university experience, while pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.

We have stunning campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga, New Zealand, and a joint institute in Hangzhou, China.


Tuition & Finances

Pre-degree programmes

CUP: $11,515; CAFS $11,515 per trimester


$27,210 - $35,420


$31,615 - $39,125 (120 points); $47,425 - $56,260 (180 points)

Graduate Diplomas and Certificates

GradDip (120 points): $25,915 - $37,875. GradCert (60 points): Approx. half the equivalent GradDip

Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates

PGDip (120 points): $30,855 - $40,290. PGCert (60 points): $15,430 - $20,145

Higher Research Degrees (PhD, Research Thesis, MPhil, EdD)

Approximate costs: $6,332-$6,763 (domestic entitlement) or $32,577-$42,841

Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Waikato and our partners offer a range of scholarships and awards to assist students with fees and living expenses, and to support academic and research excellence such as the:




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