University of Derby

University of Derby

International Spa Management

This course will prepare students for work in key management roles in spa and wellness as they develop a critical understanding of the global spa industry, its practices and the changing nature of consumer behaviour. Students will increase their understanding and appreciation between academic theory and research and its practical application in the workplace, studying spa operations, project management, sustainable management systems, risk management, marketing, financial planning and strategy. Students will devise strategic and operational plans for the management of spa related organisations and explore the increasingly complex nature of the industry in relation to customisation and commodification, globalisation and glocalisation. Students will also have the opportunity to test their research ideas in the Devonshire Spa, the onsite commercial day spa.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 (or above) Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas institution. All subjects are considered but possession of a degree or relevant experience in a related subject will be advantageous. A significant portfolio of work at appropriate level or relevant professional qualifications will also be considered. Every applicant is assessed individually on their merits and will need to attend either a face to face or Skype interview.

Course modules

Modules include: spa operations and project management; the spa consumer; research methodologies; integrated business management (double module); strategic directions; independent scholarship.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: briefing reports, pitches, presentations, essays, unseen examinations and case studies.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 - 2 years
MSc Full-time May 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time May 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Buxton Campus Buxton SK17 6RY East Midlands

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