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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2022/23)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

We are accepting applications for September 2021 only.

Set your career sights high at a university with a global reputation for excellence in spa management education. We have an exciting opportunity for you to 'top up' your existing qualification to a full honours degree in just a year.

Prepare for a career in a global industry

Our degree is designed in consultation with key employers. You will gain high-level skills in professional spa treatments and first-class customer service. At the same time, you will develop management and leadership expertise.

We cover all the trends, values and practices shaping the profession today, drawing on global case studies. You will also join a thriving research community, working with our expert staff on projects which influence the industry's future direction.

Employer links to open doors for you

We work closely with leading spa and hospitality providers, including Macdonald Hotels, Six Senses Hotel Resort Spas, Center Parcs, Handpicked Hotels, Neilson Active Holidays, and the Dorchester Collection. Such collaborations pave the way to workplace visits, guest lectures and employer-led projects.

Prominent industry figures regularly join networking events, taking the opportunity to talent spot their future recruits. You will attend our annual student conference as a delegate, making valuable contacts with professionals from around the world.

Our students have also been invited to take part in the World Spa and Wellness Convention held annually in London, undertaking research into best practice and provide summaries of the sessions for delegates.

A strong professional profile

We keep you up to date with the latest industry initiatives through our associations with the UK Spa Association, the International Spa Association (ISPA), Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE).

When you join us, you automatically become a member of hosco, the world's leading hospitality network offering access to around 30,000 graduate roles, internships and work experience opportunities from over 1,500 employers.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Teaching and learning is accomplished through a variety of modes including traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars, and workshops.


A variety of assessment methods are used to provide you with skills ready for industry. Methods include:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Isobel Stockdale
Programme leader

Isobel is Head of Discipline of Applied Management. She has been in education for over 25 years but started her career in Beauty and Spa. Isobel was involved in the development of the first degree for Spa Management. She has responsibility for our Devonshire Spa, which has won several industry awards. 

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Entry requirements

You need to have a Merit or equivalent in an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject.

You need at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or Foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)


£9,250 per year



£14,045 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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Concerted efforts are being made to bring greater professionalism to the spa industry. Demand is rising for skilled spa professionals with a strong portfolio of qualifications and practical experience. At the same time, the associated wellness industry is on the cusp of becoming a major area of employment in the UK.

Our BSc (Hons) International Spa Management (Top-Up) therefore places you in a prime position to seize the opportunities ahead. You could progress to roles such as spa manager, spa operations supervisor or head therapist. There are also opportunities in areas like brand account management, marketing and promotion, training and consultancy. Some graduates decide to launch their own businesses, drawing on the enterprise skills they have developed during their studies.

Graduate success stories

Recent graduates have secured roles such as:

Take your learning to the next level

Once you have achieved your honours degree, you may also want to consider a postgraduate course, such as our MSc International Hospitality Management which will prepare you for senior roles.

Ongoing careers support

We're committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our teaching staff join forces with the Careers and Employment Service to deliver workshops on subjects such as networking, CV writing and effective use of social media.

The support continues once you've graduated too: you are entitled to further help and guidance for up to three years after leaving the University. You can also take full advantage of the hosco careers network to discover opportunities and share good practice with other professionals.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.