The Masters and Doctor of 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.
The Masters and Doctor of 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.
Specialist pathways include:
Health, Environment, Risk, Disaster Risk and Response, Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Social Work, Housing and Regeneration, International Relations, Social and Public Policy, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Sport and Biomedical Science.
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.
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Part 1 of the framework starts with a Review of Learning where past work based projects and development can be identified. The second part involves understanding work based learning approaches to research and preparation of a research proposal.
The final doctoral project is undertaken after completing the Master level and may include the optional "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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
Dr. Gareth Morgan
Project Manager for the National Framework for Older People, NHS Wales.
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. 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.
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 success.
Assistant Director of Nursing and part-time PhD student
As a senior nurse with over eighteen years of experience in a range of acute healthcare NHS settings, I'm especially passionate about providing high quality patient care and ensuring that staff demonstrate culturally competent compassion in all areas of healthcare provision.
In 2018, I was proud to be nominated as a Finalist in the NHS Windrush 70 Awards which celebrate the contributions and diversity of BME people to the National Health Service.
My PhD explores the hospital experiences of older stroke patients of Black Caribbean backgrounds in London. I’m supervised and well-supported by Professor Irena Papadopoulos, and have had a really positive experience of being a research student at Middlesex University.
The supervisors are approachable and supportive, and I can access information online - facilities which are essential for many students, especially for those of us who are working while pursuing further educational opportunities.
I would recommend Middlesex University to other students who have an enquiring mind and wish to pursue doctoral research.
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