Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management


CURRICULUM of the Master’s Programme in Spa and Wellness Management

Our innovative and renowned 2-years Master’s Programme in Spa and Wellness management is a natural progression for those who have a background in Hospitality Management or an interest in Spa, Wellness and Hospitality Management. We are focused on educating you into becoming the best experts and managers for the spa and wellness and spa industries.

Our expert-led lectures and seminars are combined with numerous field-trips and business internships. We have purposefully constructed our courses for a select group of students, allowing direct and meaningful interactions and discussions during the lectures and seminars with the lecturers and other students. Internationally respected and prominent professors and lecturers in the fields of Spa, Wellness, and Hospitality share their expertise and professional knowledge.

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The aim of our international Master’s Degree in Spa and Wellness Management (MA in Wellness and Spa Service Design and Management) is to provide students with the necessary theoretical knowledge, professional skills and practical tools required for working in Spa, Wellness or Hospitality related organizations at the management level.

Service design plays an important part of our innovative Master’s Degree programme. Service Design is a form of theoretical design that involves the activity of planning and organizing people, infrastructure, communication and tangible components of a service in order to improve its quality and the interaction between the service provider and its customers.

Curriculum structure

Main study modules:

Society and Wellness module (15ECTS)

Individuals and Wellness module (15ECTS)

Tourism and Wellness module (15ECTS)

Business and Wellness module (15ECTS)

Practice (15 ECTS)

Research Design (9 ECTS)

Elective courses (6 ECTS)

Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)


Wellness and Spa Management Curriculum


All four module blocks are linked with the concepts of sustainability, entrepreneurship, quality, creativity, innovation and experience.

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 (15 ECTS) module is designed to support the development of creativity in students and will rely on field-case studies and practical experience. During your 8-week internship students will have the opportunity to participate in the activities of a real organization or business in Estonia or abroad, which is related to each student’s specialization.

Research Design (9 ECTS) The primary focus of this module is on the preparation, presentation and defense of a master’s thesis. Courses include Research Methodology and a Master´s Seminar.

Elective courses (6 ECTS) can be chosen from courses currently available at the University of Tartu or its colleges.

Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) The master’s thesis is intended to demonstrate and assess skills in the application of acquired knowledge and to independently carry out a research task.

Language of instruction: English

Programme duration: 2 years

The possibility of credit transfer is available to graduates with a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Recognition of prior work experience is available to applicants with substantial work experience in the field.

Tuition fees and scholarship

The program fee is 1700 EUR/semester and covers tuition, essential study materials, supervision and advice for thesis preparation. The program fee does not cover housing and living expenses. Please click here for more information

Altogether, 15 carefully selected students will be admitted to this programme. Information on scholarships is given here.

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