Become part of the new generation of professionals who can lead the wellness industry to its next stage of evolution. Our BSc (Hons) Wellness Management degree fosters highly skilled graduates with expertise which can be applied not just to spa, hospitality and tourism management but also in corporate and community settings.
An exciting new area of study
The global wellness industry is worth £3.4 trillion* and is growing fast. It provides 2.3 million jobs constituting 2.1% of the world’s economy and is expanding at a rate of 7.7% each year.
As one of the pioneers in developing spa management degrees a decade ago, we have now expanded our course portfolio to launch the BSc (Hons) Wellness Management.
This is an innovative degree – the only one of its type in the country – and it reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of the wellness industry with its focus on complete physical, mental and social wellbeing.
*The Global Wellness Institute 2014
Take a holistic approach to wellness
You will gain a detailed understanding of the breadth and diversity of the wellness sector along with the values and practices which are shaping its future.
We explore the many dimensions of wellness – including physical, psychological, social, occupational, environmental, spiritual and emotional wellness – and the career opportunities it offers in fields ranging from niche tourism to health promotion, resort management to human resources management.
Alongside business, management and marketing skills, you will therefore develop your knowledge in areas such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition and physical activity, psychology, behaviour change, coaching and mentoring.
BSc (Hons) Wellness Management introduces you to a range of wellness practices like mindfulness, meditation and massage. It also focuses on applied approaches to management, including planning, designing and running wellness events or community wellness initiatives.
An iconic setting
Where better to prepare for a career as a wellness professional?With its stunning Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome, our Buxton Campus offers exceptional learning facilities which bring together many different aspects of the wellness industry. It includes a luxury commercial day spa, a fine dining restaurant and a magnificent venue for high-profile events.
Boasting a fascinating heritage and culture, Buxton is one of the UK’s leading spa and hospitality towns where people have been coming to ‘take the waters’ for over 500 years. Located on the edge of the breathtaking Peak District National Park, it attracts 1.4 million tourists annually.
Flourishing employer links
We have joined forces with local, national and international employers to develop this course so that it is aligned to all the attributes they expect from graduates. Our partners include high-profile spa, wellness and hospitality providers such as Macdonald Hotels and Six Senses.
This means you will benefit from vital industry insights at every stage of your studies – through fact-finding visits, case studies, guest lectures, work-based projects, placement and internship opportunities.
You will also network with employers at the many popular industry events hosted at our Buxton Campus including the Buxton Spa and Wellness Conference; Hotel, Resort and Spa Management Conference; and our annual Employability Conference. Leading organisations often use these events to talent spot their future employees.
Placements to inspire you
Gaining industry experience with an employer will give you the edge in your career. If you choose to study over four years, an industry placement is compulsory and takes place after the second year of the course. Our Placements Office will support you in finding the right position, you will usually work as a paid employee, and you will receive an additional Diploma in Professional Practice.
If you are taking the three-year degree, placements are not compulsory although you could gain work experience – either paid or unpaid as a volunteer – alongside your studies or during your summer vacation.
On completion of your BSc (Hons) Wellness Management degree you may want to consider undertaking an internship with an employer. These vary in length and may be paid or unpaid. Internships are advertised through our Careers and Employment Service.
Broaden your horizons
Graduates with international study and work experience stand out in today’s global economy. We encourage you to bring a global outlook to your learning, so you will have the opportunity to go on residential visits and fieldtrips both in the UK and overseas. Previous optional overseas study visits have seen our students head to Iceland, Morocco, Estonia and Hungary.
Innovation and quality
We are recognised as a top ten university for degrees in Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Spa Management. The new BSc (Hons) Wellness Management builds on our reputation as a trailblazer in spa course development and keeps us at the forefront of innovation in higher education.
The course is delivered by enthusiastic and supportive tutors who boast extensive experience in spa and wellness related industries and undertake wide-ranging research.
To complete the BSc (Hons) Wellness Management, you'll study modules such as:
- The Global Wellness Context
- Marketing and Communication
- Principles of Mind, Body and Spirit
- Introduction to Higher Education
- Employability in Practice
- Introduction to Wellness Practice
- Physical Activity and Nutrition
- Leadership and Management
- Mind, Body and Spirit Conversations
- Research Skills
- Applied Wellness Practice
- Business Development and Entrepreneurship
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Wellness Management Project (double module)
- Corporate Wellness
- Consumer Behaviour
- Strategic Management
- Wellness Tourism
- Wellness Operations Management
During the degree, you will have the opportunity to complete a short course in Emergency First Aid to expand your skills. This is included as part of your course fees.
You will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience which will set you apart when you’re looking for employment within the industry. Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to go on national and international educational visits, attend guest lectures by wellness and spa professionals and engage in placements.
Who you'll meet
You will be taught by a dedicated and enthusiastic team with extensive experience in the wellness industry. They include:
Louise Buxton – Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Wellness Management and Senior Lecturer in Spa and Wellness Management. Louise’s professional interests include widening participation in higher education, consumer behaviour and the evolution of spa and wellness experiences. She teaches a range of modules on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate independent studies.
Charles Spring – Senior Lecturer in Spa and Wellness Management. Charles has interests in education and professionalisation; wellness management; martial arts; sustainability and the environmental impact of spa, wellness and tourism. His specialisms are contemporary issues in wellness that influence social inclusion and strategic management.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods, all designed to develop the skills and knowledge you will need in the wellness industry. These include reports, essays, examinations, presentations and portfolios.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Graduates of BSc (Hons) Wellness Management can look forward to a rewarding and expanding range of career openings – both in the UK and internationally. You will have the industry awareness, management skills and global perspectives to succeed in a sector which is now over three times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry.
You can take full advantage of the opportunities which are emerging in areas like corporate wellness, community wellness, wellness project management, wellness resort and destination management, wellness travel, wellness writing and wellness tourism.
In particular,you will be equipped to take up supervisory and management positions within the industry or to spearhead broader projects which help individuals, organisations and communities to embrace wellness.
If you would like to progress to postgraduate study, the number of programmes in wellness-related subjects is growing rapidly too. We are the only UK university to offer the MSc International Spa Management.
† Additional information about your studies
3 years, or 4 years with optional placement year
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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.