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Professional Practice MProf (Business)

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Professional Practice MProf (Business)

February 2017
2 years
£6,000 (UK)
£6,000 (INT)
Course leader
Ifan Shepherd

The MProf is a programme of postgraduate study that is designed to improve the professional practice of managers and executives. It does this by developing their skills of reflective practice and supporting them in undertaking a research project based on their organisational work activities.

Why study the MProf Professional Practice at Middlesex University?

Our MProf is designed for practicing managers and executives who want to gain new insights and perspectives into management based on critical exploration of their own evolving professional practice. It is particularly appropriate for those wishing to improve their capability to lead and manage change in their organisation. Because the MProf includes a research project focused on their workplace practice, it is particularly relevant for those looking to improve their managerial capability and professional standing at perhaps a midpoint in their career.

Course Highlights

  • It focuses on developing participants' individual capabilities as reflective practitioners, and through this enhancing their capability for undertaking practice-based research within their own workplace.
  • Because professionals have achieved a significant amount of both formal and informal learning, the MProf provides an opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against relevant prior learning.
  • It is designed specifically to support participants in undertaking practice-based research into their workplace activities.
  • While the knowledge gained from this research is equally rigorous to a research Masters, it is distinctive in that the participant is placed at the centre of their research investigation, and their findings tend to be applicable within their organisation.
  • Participants' study paths and projects are tailored to meet their individual needs and interests, and those of their organisations.

What will you study on the MProf Professional Practice?

The course is divided into three main phases: the first and second last for a minimum of one semester (6 months) each, and the third continues for a minimum of one further year. Throughout the course, which is studied part time, your focus is on your professional activity in an organisational context.

The MProf provides a structured framework for critically understanding your work-based activity, and equips you to operate as a reflective professional practitioner. The research project provides an opportunity for you to interrogate the learning you are achieving in the workplace, and to express this in writing in a systematic way that is both informed by and informs relevant theory.

  • Phase 1

    • Review of Learning (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an opportunity to show that you are equipped for the work required on the rest of the masters programme in three areas: the ability to learn from experiential practice; the professional capability to lead workplace interventions of the kind that will form the basis of your research investigations; and the ability to undertake practitioner-oriented research. These capabilities are reported in a piece of persuasive written argumentation (the Review), supported by relevant documentary evidence, which critically evaluates and sets out your credentials for work at masters level in all three areas. Much of this review is retrospective, in that it considers your personal and professional learning leading up to the MProf, and your research competence to date. Some of it is more future oriented, in that it considers how well you are equipped to lead and manage emerging and new workplace activities, and how you intend to improve your capability for achieving these changes. The Review forms the basis for any claims made for the recognition and accreditation of prior learning (see below), and these claims are included as appendices to the Review.

    • Recognition and accreditation of prior learning (up to 30 Credits) - Compulsory

      As part of your Review of Learning, you are invited to submit written claims (supported by relevant evidence) for the academic accreditation of your prior learning, typically in an organisational context. If you do not make such claims, or you make them but they are deemed to be inappropriate or insufficient for the credits claimed, then you will take one or more elective modules in their place. These modules will focus mainly on: the development of reflective practice skills, and the development of practitioner research skills.

  • Phase 2

    • Planning a Practitioner Research Programme (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      The main aim of this module is to enable you to consider the range of approaches and methodologies relevant to professional practitioner research work, and to use this knowledge to design and plan one or more doctoral research projects aimed at developing your capability as a practitioner-researcher, advancing your organisation, and contributing to your community of practice and/or profession. The outcome of this module is a Learning Agreement, which you draw up to summarise the nature of the research project you intend to pursue in the final phase of the course. This will identify the professional activities in your organisation that will form the focus of your research, the research approach and techniques to be used in your investigation, and expected outcomes for yourself, your organisation and your profession.

  • Phase 3

    • Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the ability to apply the reflection and research skills gained during Phases 1 and 2 to a project focused on your evolving professional role within your organisation. This practice-based research project provides a context in which you will be able to integrate and develop further your professional practitioner skills and knowledge. The project topic will be chosen in discussion with your academic adviser and chosen consultant(s), and will have significant outcomes in terms of personal professional development, and organisational benefits. The aim is for you to undertake a practice-based research project in relation to a specific organizational issue or problem. It will enable you to demonstrate proficiency in relation to the scope of the relevant issues identified, consider relevant literature relating to the project, collect and interpret data, consider relevant implementation issues, and consider appropriate business implications.

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How is the MProf Professional Practice taught?

You can enrol on the MProf in September or February and you will typically continue your studies part-time over 2 years. Most of your study is undertaken while you continue your professional career, and involves the use of online study materials, regular interaction with a personal academic adviser, one or more specialist consultants, and your peers on the programme.

The MProf recognises that professional practice is grounded in real organisations, and often in specific disciplines, and that practitioners will often belong to specific professional bodies. In order to recognise and harness the subject- and profession-specific nature of individual practice, you will be encouraged to build learning relationships with your peers working in similar spheres of activity, and to develop your research project in a specific business area. Specialist subject and professional advice will be available from expert and highly experienced staff within the Business School, throughout the programme of study.

In addition, expertise may be drawn from other relevant areas across the University, including:

  • business information systems
  • knowledge management
  • social science
  • politics
  • psychology
  • development studies
  • biomedical sciences
  • sport sciences
  • public health
  • risk management.

Your award title will reflect your chosen area of specialism, and will be one of the following:

MProf Accounting Practice*

MProf Human Resource Practice

MProf Business Practice

MProf Law Practice

MProf Economics Practice

MProf Management Practice

MProf Enterprise Practice

MProf Marketing Practice

MProf Finance Practice*

MProf Statistics Practice

*Programmes approved for CIMA members

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You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

Professor Ifan Shepherd
MProf Professional Practice Course Leader

Professor Ifan researches and teaches  personal branding, electronic marketing and geodemographics. He is Director of the Business School's professional practice programmes (including the DBA, DProf, DProf by Public Works, and MProf), and he is heavily involved in a major FP7 R&D project (CRISIS), involving 11 European partners, which is developing interactive training simulations for emergency managers based on 3D video game technology.

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