BA (Hons) Esports

Explore all aspects of the esports industry

Explore all aspects of the esports industry

P370
3 years Full Time
Bognor Regis Campus
  • Explore business, gameplay, and sports science.
  • Compete in single and multiplayer games events.
  • Learn from expert and experienced staff.
  • Work with established industry partners.
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Overview

Study gameplay, sports science, psychology, events, and business

Our BA (Hons) Esports degree allows you to explore the esports industry as a whole to boost your employability, versatility, and adaptability within one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

If you are passionate about esports but unsure about how to use your passion, or what section of the industry is right for you, then this is the course is for you.

Study areas include:

  • Competitive gameplay development
  • Sports science and nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Event production
  • Business, marketing, and branding
  • Esports events and journalism

Develop your competitive gameplay skills

This highly-practical course provides you with additional skills and knowledge to improve you overall competitive ability across a range of live and online single and multiplayer games events across titles including Counter Strike, FIFA, League of Legends, and Project Cars.

You will develop your gaming in skills sessions and study strategic and tactical thinking to enhance your gameplay, as you explore topics including game analysis and observation.

Past students have represented us in the NSE British University Esports Championship and The Nuel as part of the University esports team, the Chi Challengers.

Examine science behind competitive gaming

You will develop your knowledge of the physical and psychological impacts of high-level gaming, as you explore the physical demands and preparation for esports performance and consider the role of the central nervous system, energy demands, nutrition, repetitive movements, and endurance activities

Explore wider aspects of the industry

You will also gain a wider insight into the esports industry, as you explore event promotion and management, stage online and live room competitions, and gain an understanding of commercial sponsorship opportunities, marketing, and other business aspects of the industry.

You will investigate current issues and trends relating to ethics and codes of conduct, player management and coaching, and the impact of immersive gaming experiences of virtual and augmented reality.

Partnerships

As a part of the Department of Creative Industries you will benefit from our industry partnerships with companies including HyperX, DXRacer, Twitch, ARRI, and AVID, and be able to access to industry standard software such as Nuke, Maya and Houdini.

On this course you will:

  • Develop your strategy and gaming skills, coaching and player management.
  • Compete in single and multiplayer games events, both live and online.
  • Explore the physical and psychological effects and impact of competitive gaming.
  • Learn more about business, event management, marketing, and commercial sponsorship of esports.
  • Boost your employability within one of the world's fastest growing industries.

The Course

Develop your competitive skills alongside wider contextual study

Year One

In your first year, you will begin to hone your gameplay skills through in both single player and team-based competitive games, as you develop your understanding of performance and scientific analysis of your matches and sessions.

In addition, the course introduces you to the history and development of esports of the past few decades as you begin to explore wider commerical aspects of the industry.

Year Two

Your second year will look to continue your technical development as a player, as you explore the physical demands of the competitive player in competition and work to define the requirements for optimal participation and performance in esports.

You will also immerse yourself in the world of online event production and management across two semesters and link it to your study of the rapid commercial growth of the industry.

Year Three

In your final year, you will begin to focus on the role of the coach and manager within a competitive context and use these skills to manage your own team.

You will also work to host your own live esports event, explore advanced psychology principles in relation to esports performance, and undertake your final research project on an aspect of your choice.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Ethics and Codes of Conduct

As a major growing activity with ambitions to be recognized as a sport, esports faces several issues regarding conduct and authenticity.

This module explores the range of emerging player and team codes of conduct from games companies, leagues, events promoters, and national governing bodies.

You will discuss ethical questions concerning behaviours, drug taking for enhancing performance, social interactions and expectations of players and audiences alike.

You will also examine the possible wide-ranging implications for the industry if esports is granted Olympic status.

Introduction to Esports: History & Context

This module will introduce you to the history, development and current trends of the esports world. Esports is a rapidly growing industry, with global tournaments offering multi-million-pound prize funds and predicted growth of the sector set to explode into multiple billions in future years. You will examine how competitive gaming competitions grew from Stanford University’s Spacewar competition in 1972 to the mass participation global events seen today. the module will take a specific look into the history of esports, major tournaments, events and how they will feed into future events-based modules.

Media Production for Esports: Marketing/Casting and Content

This module promotes a range of important skills which you will develop throughout your degree. It offers a first taster into the world of media production within esports such as casting, presenting, streaming, video editing and creating graphics.

Skills Development 1: Single & Team Games Analysis

This module focuses on individual and team-based games from a player’s perspective. You will enhance your individual skillsets and harness a greater understanding of the need to work in unity across a number of team-based titles. You will examine a wide range of individual and team-based titles, explore the best strategic approaches, reflect on performance, and implement new ideas based on an emerging understanding of analysis. Game analysis is also essential to authenticity for coaches, broadcasters and journalists. the opportunity to not only visualise and analyse what is going on during matches, but also to dive into the action post-match is secured by the unique nature of data capture and the sheer amount of data available for esports analysts and players.

Sports Science: Flow State

In this module you will explore ‘flow’ in positive psychology, which also known as being in the ‘zone’. Flow is a mental state of operation where a person is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the activity they are performing. Flow is characterized by being completely absorbed in what you are doing, and the resulting loss in your sense of space and time. In eSports the ‘flow state’ enables players to react and implement moves more quickly and effectively. This module also introduce aspects of research involving sports science such as nutrition, brain activity analysis, personal behaviours and preparation. You will be assessed through a report or case study.

Independent Research Project

This module enables students to work on an independent research project to pursue specialist interests and enhance their knowledge of the esports sector.

Online Event Production

In this module you will immerse yourself in the world of online event production and management across two semesters. This module prepares for your final year Live Event and is an opportunity to understand the complexities behind running tournaments such as; Which game? Single or multiplayer? How many players/rounds?, and timings from start to finish. Your events will probably start as small events for closed groups, and progress during the year to be more dynamic, professional and open. You will be assessed through a reflective commentary and a portfolio of work.

Skills Development 2; Strategy & Gameplay

This module builds on Skills Development 1. You will continue to develop your awareness of analysis and strategy with a focus on the opposing players/teams in team-based and individual payer gaming, and how to plan strategic performances in response to the strengths and weaknesses of your opposition. You will develop a reflective approach to analysing personal performance strengths and weaknesses to identify the skills you need to train to improve your gameplay.

Sports Science; Physicality of Gaming

In this module you will explore the physical demands of the esport player in competition as you work to define the requirements for optimal participation and performance in esports. You will explore the physical demands and preparation for esports performance and consider the role of the central nervous system, energy demands, nutrition, repetitive movements and endurance activities. You will discuss athletic esports demands and training with a focus on the metabolic, neuromuscular, neuroendocrine and cardiovascular systems of the human body to develop knowledge on the nature of esports performance. You will be assessed through a scientific report.

Live Event Production

On this module, you will work closely with BA (Hons) Sports Media cohorts, who will provide production and event filming support, to organize and deliver a one-day live event covering a number of games and competitions. In addition, you will fully engage with events management, finding sponsorship, establishing branding and advertising the event.

Skills Development 3; Coaching, Management & Performance

This final skills module focuses on the role of the coach and manager and their impact on performance. Using the skills you gained in previous modules you will analyse and reflect on number of games as you coach and manage your team/s in and out of competition. You are expected to show professionalism at all times and clear leadership qualities as you develop a much deeper understanding of the role and the importance of team work to achieve successes above targets.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our expert and experienced staff

Teaching

You will be taught by a range of experts in esports, including former national and international champions, coaches, journalists, and presenters, all with extensive and successful careers in the industry.

Smaller class sizes to help your development

Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment and allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.

Meet programme coordinator Rams Singh

Rams Singh

Senior Lecturer in Esports

Rams ‘r2k’ Singh has been in the world of Esports for more than 20 years as a player, coach, manager, advisor.

Rams became a multiple time Champion and European Champion in Quake 3 before joining Team Dignitas in 2006 as a player in Quake 4 and Trackmania, and was one of the first to represent to the UK in the Electronic Sports World Cup.

He also has extensive experience of esports broadcasting, commentary and was the UK National Captain for the World Cyber Games in 2013.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including:

  • Portfolios
  • Essays
  • Course work
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Reflective writing
  • Skills observation
  • Continuous assessment with tutor and peer feedback

Experience

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Jack

BA (Hons) Esports
"For those that wish to enter the industry of Esports, this is the best course in the country to gain the skills necessary to succeed. The course's wide range of modules will help me become the best at what I do."

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

Esports is a diverse industry with many aspects and professions. You could start your career as a player and retire into team management, coaching or business strategy. This BA (Hons) Esports degree gives you an overview of all aspects of the industry to prepare you for your career.

You could work in:  

  • Business strategy
  • Marketing
  • Event management
  • Team management
  • Playing
  • Coaching

The Esports Industry

The esports industry is predicted to have a $495 million total global audience in 2020.

The UK is part of the global esports growth story, with UK esports estimated to have grown at an annual average rate of 8.5% between 2016 and 2019. Esports has a $1.1 billion predicted total revenue in 2020 which is an annual growth of 15.7%

(Source: 2020 Global Esports Market Report, Newzoo)

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
104-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBC-BCC
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
DMM-MMM
GCSEs: Mathematics
C/4 or above
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
IB
28
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

If you are a mature applicant who does not have the standard entry requirements listed below, you will be asked to submit a ‘non-standard entry portfolio’ to demonstrate your readiness for higher education.

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