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BA (Honours) Esports

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)


Full-time Event Management

Study event management, journalism and gaming culture, ready to work in the dynamic esports sector.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 96 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B019
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Learn the skills needed to manage esport event experiences.
  • Prepare for a career in a multifaceted, exciting field.
  • Benefit from a unique blend of event management and media training.
  • Study the essential aspects of journalism, sports reporting, commentary and media management needed for esports.

Esports is competitive video gaming where individuals or teams play against each other online and at spectator events. This innovative course blends the established subject areas of event management and journalism with an introduction to esports culture, content creation and business planning. Ultimately, you’ll host your own events — getting valuable experience for an exciting career.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

Student View

Watch student Callum Clark talk about the BA Esports course at Sheffield Hallam University.

How you learn

Watch course leader Nana Nyarko talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used to help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for an esports career.

The approaches vary between modules. They include formal lectures, seminars, problem-solving exercises, case studies, individual and group presentations and directed learning activities.

Throughout, you’ll be taught by subject experts from esports, media and event management.

You learn through

  • active and experiential learning
  • using critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, creativity and innovation
  • collaboration and team working
  • live projects — working with real clients to deliver consultancy-based projects, such as live esports events

Course leaders and tutors

Nana Nyarko
Nana Nyarko
Senior Lecturer - Events Management

My current teaching responsibilities span all levels in both the undergraduate and postgraduate Event Management courses in the Sheffield Business School at Sheffiel … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Work experience is built into this course across all levels, and you will get the opportunity to go on a placement. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Live projects

All the courses in the Sheffield Business School include a final year consultancy project. Students on the BA Esports degree course will be working with external clients to host a live esport event.

Networking opportunities

Through the event management HUB, students on the esports degree will be able to participate in the various networking events that we host throughout the year to support students in making industry contacts.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • esports social media and content creation
  • esports league and tournament management/operations
  • esports business development
  • campaign marketing and sales
  • esports journalism and editorial operations
  • esports event management

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you will work in our

  • PR hub
  • TV studio 
  • radio studios 
  • film screening facilities 
  • creative media centre skilled support team 

Every year our students take advantage of the venues in Sheffield and the surrounding area to deliver their final year eSports events. These include 

  • Meltdown 
  • Sheffield City Hall 
  • the Leadmill 
  • the Hubs (Students' Union) 

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Why study esports?

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 96

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • CCC at A Level
  • MMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade D or 3

We also expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of esports or closely related disciplines or some level of practical experience.

Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Academic And Professional Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Audio Visual Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Online Gaming Cultures Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Event Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Reporting And Commentary Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Eventscape Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Event Operations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Esports Content Creation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Ethics And Responsibility Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Event Law And Risk Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Management And Public Relations In Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv And Video News Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Digital Journalism And Data Visualisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Distribution Methods And Practices Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Esports Business Planning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Live Esports Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strategic Event Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Event management courses (PDF, 227.3KB)

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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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