University of Tartu

Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    3300 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language

About

The aim of this international Master’s programme is to provide students with the necessary theoretical knowledge, professional skills and practical tools required for working in wellness, spa or other related organizations at the management level.

It's an opportunity to acquire Master's degree in a field that combines management and design of spa products, medical and leisure treatments, well-being, fitness, and health-related services.

6 reasons to join the programme:

  • UNIQUE: it`s the only similar Master`s programme in the whole Europe
  • PRACTICAL: business internships, field-trips and company visits to every spa in Estonia
  • TAILORED: small group allows direct interaction and discussions with lecturers
  • GOOD PRICE: 1500EUR/semester
  • INTERNATIONAL: foreign professors and lecturers are from USA/Switzerland, Scotland,
    Hungary, Germany, Portugal, Finland and Estonia
  • INNOVATIVE: studying process includes video-conferences and e-learning

The programme brings together the most passionate students willing to aquire focused tourism education in Pärnu town, a historical Baltic Sea resort. Besides academic learning you can also experience the life in a town that largely depends on wellness and spa industry.

WHAT IS WELLNESS?

Wellness can be defined as the balanced state of body, spirit and mind, including emotional, physical, intellectual, social, environmental, occupational and spiritual wellness

It's a modern need of a fast growing society - stressful lifestyle, wealthier and aging population, but risen awareness to live healthy and quality life build good bases for the growth of wellness industry.

Wellness of individuals is also viewed as a way of life, including such holistic aspects as self-responsibility, physical fitness, healthy nutrition, mental activity and environmental sensitivity and beauty care. The aim of the whole concept is to create a balance between the body, soul and mind.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCE ACQUIRED:

  • Hospitality and quality management
  • Creative and innovative entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable development
  • Strategic, financial and operational management
  • Service design and development
  • Management and marketing for wellness and spas
  • Understanding of the basics of spa treatments
  • Wellness philosophy
  • Project management and research

WHY STUDY WELLNESS AND SPA SERVICE DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT IN PÄRNU, ESTONIA?

  • 170 years of health resort and hospitality traditions
  • Internationally acclaimed health tourism destination with membership in the European Spas Association
  • One-third of Estonian spa hotel capacity along with water parks, swimming pools, baths and beauty salons
  • Pärnu College shares in the academic excellence and traditions of the University of Tartu, established in 1632

Excellent international career prospects

  • Resorts, spas, wellness and health companies
  • Business and consulting companies
  • Tourism organizations
  • Leisure, recreation and rehabilitation centers
  • Social services, municipalities
  • Research, academic career and PhD studies

Programme Structure

Society and Wellness module (15 ECTS)

Principles of Sustainable Development

Wellness History and Philosophy

Wellness Economy and Innovation

Individuals and Wellness module (15 ECTS)

Customer Behavior

Human Resource Management for Wellness and Hospitality

Wellness and Spa Service Quality Management

Tourism and Wellness module (15 ECTS)

Wellness and Health Tourism

Spa Treatments and Nutrition

Service Management

Business and Wellness module (15 ECTS)

Strategic Management

Service Design and Marketing

Accounting and Financial Management

The Practice module (15 ECTS)

Research Design (9 ECTS)

Elective courses (6 ECTS) 

Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) 

Audience

Students interested working in wellness and spa industry. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (at least 3 years of studies at a higher educational institution) required to apply.

Students will develop a service-oriented mentality and acquire those professional skills needed for

working within wellness, spa and related organisations and businesses, in particular, to:

  • plan and develop strategic, operational and human resource management and marketing of
  • wellness and spa organisations and businesses;
  • design attractive, innovative and competitive wellness and spa services;
  • manage wellness and spa service quality, and environmental and sustainability issues.
  • Students will also develop:
  • critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills, creativity, innovation, project management
  • and teamwork skills;
  • skills in conducting scientific research and presenting research findings.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    160

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    537

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    75

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

General admission requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Proof of English language proficiency


Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3300 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pärnu

420 - 660 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Tuition-waivers are available for the best candidates.

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