The Masters and Doctorate in Professional Studies (MProf and DProf) have been developed with specialist pathways to reflect the complex developmental work of senior professionals in disciplines that are aligned to the Schools of Health and Education and Science and Technology. The DProf is equivalent in value to the traditional PhD which means that at its successful completion you will achieve the title of Dr. Both degrees are specifically relevant to experienced professionals and it is possible to gain credit based on past professional achievements towards the doctoral programme.
Specialist pathways include:
Health, Environment, Risk, Disaster Risk and Response, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Criminology, Sociology, Social Work, Housing and Regeneration, International Relations, Social and Public Policy, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Sport and Biomedical Science.
The Masters and Doctorate in Professional Studies (MProf/DProf) are for advanced practitioners who wish to undertake research within their own professional context. They are distinctive in that you are placed at the centre of your research investigation, and therefore your work will be highly applicable to your professional development and career progression. You will begin by critically reflecting on your practice, before designing and undertaking a practice–based research project which makes a substantial contribution to your organisation and field.
How is the Dprof studied?
An academic advisor is assigned to you at the start of your programme and will be available to you throughout your period of research. As the focus of your work develops subject specialist consultants will be assigned to you so that you can draw on appropriate expertise in your area of enquiry or methodology.
You will also have resources such as handbooks and online materials to enhance your learning journey as well as access to seminars, workshops and lectures held at the campus.
What is distinctive about these programmes?
It is also possible to complete a shorter MProf or DProf by Public Works. This approach is suitable for senior individuals who have achieved a substantial amount of research and development at the appropriate level and which is available within the public domain.
The award of MProf or DProf is based upon submission of a critical commentary on the public works. The candidate is supported by an academic adviser and consultant in the same way as the conventional award.
Part 1 Masters Level
Part 2 Doctoral Level
* RAL = Recognition and Accreditation of Learning
Part 1 of the framework starts with a Review of Learning module where past work based projects and development can be identified. The second module in part 1 involves understanding work based learning approaches to research and preparation of a research proposal. Opportunities exist for claiming Recognition and Accreditation of Learning (RAL) credit against past professional learning.
The amount of RAL credits that can be claimed will depend on the award pathway; either MProf or DProf. In the MProf pathway candidates can claim 40 credits at Masters (M) Level. In the DProf pathway candidates can claim up to 100 credits at Masters level and 120 credits at Doctoral (D) Level.
The final doctoral project is undertaken after completing the Master level and may include the optional module "Explorations in Leadership, Followership and Transformational Change". Candidates are supported by a named academic adviser to provide an overview of the research programme and a consultant is nominated who can provide technical and organisational support.
Stage 1: Review of Learning – (M Level 20 credits) compulsory and Accreditation of Professional learning (100 M Level credits) This is the opportunity to identify the capabilities, attributes and authority you bring to your programme. You will work with your advisor to provide a 5,000 word critically reflective report on your formal and informal learning to date. Within it you will identify what makes you the professional you are with your own signature practice developed with time and experience. It is retrospective and identifies why undertaking the doctorate is appropriate for you at your current stage in professional development and what makes you equipped to undertake the particular area of research interest that you identify.
Within this module you will also have the opportunity to outline claims for credit for research capability you already have and professional learning in an area of specialisation in your field. This can be done through the recognition of a written, and evidenced, claim for credit identifying how you developed these capabilities, for example, through reflecting critically on organisation changes that you may have led. If you feel you cannot make these claims then there is the option to undertake small project work to achieve the required number of credits.
The combination of this review and the claims for credit will provide you with 120 M Level credits towards your programme.
Accreditation of Advanced Professional Learning (120 D Level credits)-optional In the previous section candidates can make a claim for professional learning and some may be able to make a far more substantial claim for advanced professional learning. Examples of this level of learning could be that you have already published a book in the field or worked at senior committee level within your professional body. If that is the case then you can make a claim for this advanced learning of a further 120 credits. We would expect only 20% of candidates to be in a position to make such a claim.
Planning a Practitioner Research Programme (60 M Level credits) – compulsory
Having made explicit your skills, expertise, attributes and interests you are now in a position to plan your research project. Within this module you construct the research plan by considering the research approach, methodology and instruments which are congruent with the focus of your enquiry and the outcomes you wish to see for yourself, your organisation and your wider community of practice.
Once you have designed your research then you have the opportunity to present it to a Programme Approval Panel and Ethics sub committee. This is a group of experienced researchers who provide you with feedback on your research proposal to enhance its robustness, ethics and potential for impact at the level required. You will incorporate their feedback in your final Learning Agreement which provides the plan for the following two+ years of research activity.
Stage 2 (Doctoral level only): Research Project (200, 240, 320 or 360 D Level credit)-compulsory
Throughout the next two+ years you will undertake your research project with the support and guidance of your academic advisor and the chosen consultant(s) from your subject pathway. The research report will consider; the relevant literature relating to your research topic, the collection and analysis of data, interpretation and implementation of results and consideration of strategic impact to your organisation and your professional community.
It is preferable that candidates for this programme will have experience of management of people and projects with significant technical experience.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Please download an application form from our online portal. Applicants are recommended to submit the following documents along with their application:
Dr. Gareth Morgan
Project Manager for the National Framework for Older People, NHS Wales.
DProf Public Works Project
Bringing Aspirin Research Benefits into the Public Domain.
Gareth Morgan completed his Doctorate in Professional Studies (Health) in November 2009. Being a Pharmacology graduate and having already completed a Masters level qualifications in public health, Gareth was keen to progress to the next level. Although he considered a traditional PhD, it would have required a career break “which was not really feasible”.
Initially identifying the university through an internet search, Gareth discovered that Middlesex University had a strong reputation in the natural sciences and healthcare research in the South East. When this was combined with the University's pioneering reputation as an international provider of professional doctoral research, Middlesex became the obvious choice.
Gareth was clear about the personal benefits. “I found the programme intellectually and professionally challenging and that has certainly feed through and improved my effectiveness. There is also no doubt that my enhanced professional title has also increased my credibility within the health service.”
Gareth’s research has been of public benefit in diverse ways. Not only have the findings helped shape public health policy in Wales, it has created a legacy of enhanced professional practice within Gareth’s workplace. “The work based research helped me to develop as a critical thinker and reflective learner. I have been able to cascade this approach to all sorts of areas throughout the team. It has helped to changed mind sets.” On another level, “the participation of NHS staff in doctoral research has been of enormous reputational management importance during a time of political uncertainty in Wales.”
The distance learning aspect of the programme worked well for Gareth as it meant that trips to London were kept to a minimum. “My academic supervisors, Professor Hemda Garelick and Dr Gordon Weller, were absolutely fantastic. They struck the right balance between rigorous academic feedback and support. We developed a close working relationship despite the distance. Their support was instrumental in my successful.”
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
Doctor of Professional Studies Level 7: £4,800 (for maximum of first two academic years)
Doctor of Professional Studies Level 8 (dissertation level): £6,000
Doctor of Professional Studies by Public Works: £7,500
Doctor of Professional Studies Level 7: £5,500 (for maximum of first two academic years)
Doctor of Professional Studies Level 8 (dissertation level): £7,500
Doctor of Professional Studies by Public Works: £10,500