The DProf by Public Works is a programme of advanced, doctoral-level study that is designed to enhance the professional capability of practicing senior managers and executives. It does this by developing the practitioner's skills of reflective practice, and providing the opportunity to undertake high-level, practice-based research within their organisation by means of a major research project.
You can enrol on the DProf by Public Works in September or February, and you will typically continue your studies part-time over 4 to 5 years. Most of your study can be 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. There are occasional seminars, workshops and lectures which will involve you attending our north London campus, usually in the evening or at the weekend.
Our DProf by Public Works is designed for practicing senior 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 an established organisation or as well as for those who are building their own organisation. Because the DProf by Public Works includes a rigorous research project examining past workplace practice, it is particularly relevant for those looking to improve their professional practice by undertaking research into their past professional performance.
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The DProf by Public Works 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 three further years. Throughout the course, which is studied part time, your focus is on your professional activity in an organisational context. The DProf by Public Works provides a structured framework for critically understanding your past work-based activity, and equips you to operate as a reflective professional practitioner. The research project provides an opportunity for you to critically evaluate the learning you have achieved while leading significant past change in the workplace, and to express this in writing in a systematic way that is both informed by and informs relevant theory.
Review of Professional Capability (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module provides an opportunity to show that you are equipped for the high-level work required on the rest of the doctoral programme in three areas: the ability to learn from experiential practice; the professional capability to lead workplace interventions; 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 doctoral level in all three areas. Much of this review is retrospective, in that it considers your personal and professional learning leading up to this course, 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), both in relation to professional learning and research capability (such claims are included as appendices to the review).
Recognition and accreditation of prior learning, AND/OR elective modules (up to 90 Credits) - Compulsory
As part of your Review of Professional Capability, 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; the development of practitioner research skills; and the development of specific professional capabilities.
Accreditation of advanced learning (up to 120 Credits) - Optional
You are invited to submit written and evidenced claim for accreditation of advanced prior learning, again in an organisational context. Such a claim is likely to be made by participants who have significant professional experience and major responsibility for leading and managing change in their organisation.
Planning an Advanced 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 advanced 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.
Project (240-360 Credits) - Compulsory
This module provides you with a means of applying the research skills gained during Phases 1 and 2 to a substantial project focused on your past role as change leader 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 major outcomes in terms of personal professional development, organisational benefits, as well as broader relevance to the professional community to which you belong. In contrast to the standard DProf, which involves research into workplace activities which have yet to take place, the DProf by Public Works involves research into workplace activities that you have already undertaken. This prior work be represented by one or more significant public works that emerged during the course of your previous organisational interventions. (Public works are evidence of significant personal innovations in the workplace, and may include strategic plans, methods, procedures, tools, organisational structures, ICT design and/or implementation specifications, etc. These may be related to the entire organisation or to specific operational areas.)
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The DProf by Public Works 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, DProf by Public Works participants will be encouraged to build learning relationships with their peers working in similar spheres of activity, and to develop their own 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 and risk management.
Your award title will reflect your chosen area of specialism, and will be one of the following:
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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.
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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.
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