Bachelor in International Spa Management

University of Derby

Program Description

Bachelor in International Spa Management

University of Derby

Top 10 UK University for degrees in Spa Management in the Guardian 2017 league table.

  • You will be joining a department with a world-class reputation for pioneering spa management and wellness degrees
  • Choose to complete this internationally recognised course in three years or take a placement year in industry between your second and final years
  • You’ll study in our inspirational Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome in Buxton, a leading spa and hospitality town
  • We are the only educational institution approved to use and retail the full treatment offering of the prestigious international brands Elemis and Ishga
  • You’ll get the opportunity to go on field trips in the UK and visit international spas and have the opportunity to go on placements in some of the most prestigious spas and hotels in the world
  • Our award winning courses are held in the highest regard by industry leaders who regularly consult with us and who are keen to employ our high quality, work ready graduates
  • You can also study this course as a two year degree
  • Study this subject at Derby and automatically become a member of hosco, the world's leading hospitality careers network for students and graduates

This highly regarded degree has been designed in consultation with key employers and spa industry professionals. You’ll develop a detailed understanding of the spa environment as you study management, science, service and therapeutic skills, with an emphasis on the need to reflect on and question the diverse values and practices that shape the industry today. Our internationally recognised spa management degrees offer students the opportunity to go on to build successful careers in a truly international setting - as senior therapists, supervisors, managers, trainers, spa directors, operations managers and retailers.

Real world learning

Our focus is on real world learning, preparing you for the world of work by teaching you how to apply theory in real world situations. Your campus, Buxton’s beautiful Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome, is home to a world class, award winning commercial spa and throughout the programme you’ll work across various roles within it, gaining invaluable experience which will set you apart when you’re looking for employment within the industry.

Links with employers and industry

You will have plenty of opportunities to meet UK and international employers through the strong links we have developed with the world’s leading spa and hospitality providers and UK employers including Macdonald Hotels and Six Senses. We also host a range of industry events at our Buxton Campus including:

  • Industry Networking Event
  • Hotel, Resort and Spa Management Conference.
  • Buxton Spa and Wellness conference (compulsory for all levels)

Field trips and studying abroad

Our tutors arrange field trips across a variety of events and you will have the chance to go on residential visits in the UK and internationally.

We also offer students the opportunity to study abroad through student exchange links with other universities around the world and as part of the Erasmus programme. This is a fantastic way to see more of the world, become a global citizen and gain a new perspective on your subject. Graduates with an international perspective stand out in the eyes of employers operating in today’s global economy.

Bachelor in International Spa Management

Placements and internships

A placement is an opportunity to gain vital industry experience with an employer.

Placements are not compulsory on the three year degree, although you can take a placement during your summer vacation, either paid or unpaid as a volunteer.

If you choose to study over four years the placement is compulsory and takes place after the second year of the course. Typically you’ll work as a paid employee and will receive an additional Diploma in Professional Practice qualification. You will be supported in finding a placement by our Placements Office.

On completion of your degree you can choose to undertake an internship. These vary in length and may be paid or unpaid. Internships are advertised through our Careers and Employment Service.


You will be taught by passionate, enthusiastic tutors. They are all active researchers and all have extensive industry experience.

Programme Leader - Victoria Rosamond

Victoria is the Programme Leader of the BSc (Hons) International Spa Management, developing, leading and teaching modules across the department of Hotel, Resort and Spa Management. Victoria has many years’ international experience holding senior management positions with spa brand Elemis and has also worked with the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Hong Kong.

September 2016 typical entry requirements

  • UCAS points 260 (up to 40 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at A-level N/A
  • Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English

September 2017 typical entry requirements

  • UCAS points 104 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at A-level N/A
  • Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English

How you will learn

Your learning is based around the real world, recognising the value of learning that occurs in a work place context. Your learning experience will include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Commercial sessions in our spa facility
  • Work placements and work experience opportunities


You will be assessed in a variety of ways including reports, online assessment, practical assessments, essays, business plans, academic posters and more.

Careers and employability

The unique real world learning we provide combined with an expanding spa and wellness industry means our graduates are highly employable and can look forward to a wide range of opportunities - both in the UK and internationally.

Your career could be in a management or supervisory role, as a senior therapist, in retailing training or starting up your own business.

Our graduates

Our graduates have secured managerial and supervisory roles such as Regional Business Managers for Elemis and Spa Manager Sofitel Cambodia. Several of our graduates have set up their own spa businesses

Keep learning

This degree offers a foundation for further study at Masters level. We are the only UK University to offer a MSc International Spa Management.

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This school offers programs in:
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Last updated September 26, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
3 - 4 years
Full time
11,500 GBP
United Kingdom - Derby, England
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international students. UK/EU £9,000 per year.