Conceptualising health in Mallorca, Spain

Ref: 10003024


First year students of the Health and Well-being in Society Programme, enrolled on the Health Improvement and lifestyle (HEST1119), are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum number the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The trip enables students to conduct an observational research project to visualise and analyse the interplay of social, economic, cultural and political factors conducive to risky health behaviours. Mallorca has attracted much attention in the media around alcohol related deaths in young British tourists, leading the Government website to issue caution on the increasing number of falls from balconies (GOV, 2018). This makes the context ideal to conceptualise the theoretical informed health determinants grounded in two culturally distinct contexts (e.g. Leicester and Mallorca).

Students will visit Cala Major Beach, nightlife district of Magaluf and analyse the social and environmental influences extending vulnerability to alcohol/substance misuse and STI’s. The trip allows students to conceptualise the hallmarks of complex psycho-social models and develop knowledge of social epidemiology. Students will then spend a day visiting local sexual health clinics, alcohol and substance misuse organisations to discuss their observations. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to build confidence in interacting with people from different cultures and multidisciplinary backgrounds.

There will also be an exciting opportunity for students to attend 1 day of the 40th Annual STAR (Stress, Resilience and Anxiety) conference, 2019 hosted by the University of Palma de Mallorca. This conference will have tens of sessions occurring simultaneously on health and epidemiology and exposes students to an engaging research environment.

Cultural activities

Students will have an option for a guided city tour and visit Almudaina Palace, the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca and see the beautiful Town Hall of Palma, Mallorca (£18). Mallorca has a wide range of museums, galleries and stunning natural caves (e.g. The Caves of Drach) for students to see.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Spanish immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to the Spain and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 8 July 2019
  • Return date: Friday 12 July 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £250-300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am