Course Brochure - Hong Kong Management Association

Course Brochure - Hong Kong Management Association

Introducing the Doctorate in Professional Studies Programme

The programme is about recognising and developing individual professionalism at the highest level. It is especially designed

for senior professionals wishing to work at the cutting edge of the areas of their expertise. So if you are a prospective

candidate we hope you’ll find the programme inviting and invigorating, and right for your professional and educational


At Doctorate level the programme also provides a framework for extending the knowledge base of your professional

sphere of activity and making a significant impact within it. For example by formulating and implementing a major improvement

or strategic policy shift within your organisation and / or professional sphere.

Middlesex University

Middlesex University is a dynamic, diverse and innovative Government funded University based in North London. Our

history in higher education dates from 1878. In 1992 we were granted the royal charter making us a university. We have

over 35,000 students studying on Middlesex courses worldwide, in which more than 22,000 are on-campus students

including 5,500 international students from over 130 countries. The rest are studying Middlesex courses overseas, making

us one of the largest providers of British University education to international students.

• We are one of the six biggest modern universities in the UK and the biggest in London.

• First university to be awarded three consecutive Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education in

1996, 1998 and 2000.

• 2002 — was named one of the top 50 European business schools (European Press, McGraw-Hill

Press, which issued a "Best Business School Guide to Europe”.

• 2005 — was named the British National Centre for Excellence in Teaching and received £6.3 million

earmarked from the government incentives.

• The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Assessment — Business, management, education, art, multimedia

and other professional subject areas got almost full marks for the excellent level of this assessment.

• According to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), analysis of rankings produced by publications,

Middlesex was ranked at 10 among post-1992 universities. Over 77% of all Middlesex's research

submitted was rated as 'internationally recognised', with a substantial proportion rated as 'internationally

excellent' or better.

• 2011 — was given the Queen's Award for Enterprise, for International Trade, in 2001, following the

same awards received in 2003.


The Hong Kong Management Association

The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) is a non-profit making organisation established since 1960 for the purpose

of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of management in Hong Kong.

Since its establishment, HKMA has played a major role in contributing to the economic success of Hong Kong by providing

a wide variety of high quality management training and various services.

As a membership organisation, HKMA currently has a collective membership of over 14,000 from different business sectors.

Members of the Council and Committees comprise eminent persons in industry, commerce and education who constantly

advise on the directions and activities of the Association.

As part of HKMA’s commitment to providing opportunities of continuing development for local executives, a full-spectrum

of management education programmes are offered, ranging from short courses and workshops through to Certificate, Diplomas,

Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degree programmes. Annually, some 2,000 integrated and well-balanced courses

are offered to some 54,000 participants from different business sectors.

Starting in 2007, the Association has been working with Middlesex University in offering a variety of education programmes

to the Hong Kong community.



The Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf ) is for advanced practitioners

and is designed to focus on their organisational/professional development

within their organisational/professional context. The DProf led by the

Institute for Work Based Learning is open to all professional areas as the

focus is defined by the candidate’s particular work context and area of

activity and their own unique area of interest. This may be located within a

profession or sector, or may be more individual in nature. The approach is

inter-professional and cuts across disciplines (transdisciplinary) even where

candidates have strong roots in a particular profession or occupation. It is

primarily concerned with knowledge that is generated and used in practice.

As a candidate for this award you would undertake a critical reflection upon

your practice and then design and undertake a doctoral level practice–

based research project in your own work within your own organisation or

community of practice. At the end of the programme candidates submit a

research report and take part in an oral examination or viva on their research.

With the successful completion of the oral examination the candidate

achieves a doctorate and can be addressed as Doctor.

How is it studied

You can enrol throughout the year at a time appropriate for you

and your organisation but induction days occur in early October

and February and May. You will then undertake a programme

of study for 3-6 years within your professional role. Your work

becomes the focus of your study and as such your project

enhances and develops your professional practice. An academic

advisor is assigned to you at the start of your programme and will

be available to you throughout your period of study. As the focus

of your work develops one or two subject specialists will be assigned to you in the role of consultant(s) to your project

allowing you to draw upon their 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.


What is distinctive about the DProf

• Candidates are mentored to develop a research project which

is unique to them at the current stage of their career and

enable them to make an impact at an organisational or

profession wide basis.

• The DProf allows the previous learning (both formal courses

and informal learning from experience) to be recognised for

its contribution to the development of practice and ascribed

academic credit to be used within the programme.

• It is the professional equivalent to the PhD. It has the same

rigorous assessment methods and criteria but has a focus on

research within the work place and practice. The focus of DProf research is situated within the working environment

and places the candidates themselves at the centre of their enquiry.

Duration and Study Mode

This is a three-year doctorate programme that may be completed within six years in a part time mode. Candidates are

expected to attend tutorial classes and work closely with the assigned advisor and consultant to complete the research and

project. Three intakes a year in January, May and October.


The programme focuses on advanced learning that enables candidates to attain excellence in professional practices and/or

achieve significant organisational impacts.

Factors to consider When Selecting a Programme

International Recognition

Cost Effectiveness

Time Effectiveness

Relevancy to area of expertise and/or interest

Resources available to students



The Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) programme is about

recognising and developing individual professionalism at the highest


The DProf qualification is an ‘applied’ alternative to traditional PhD

research degree and is specifically designed for senior professionals

wishing to work at the cutting-edge of the areas of their expertise,

focusing on advanced learning that enables candidates to

attain excellence in professional practice and achieving significant

organisational impact.


There are three stages of the DProf programme structure:

1: Review of Professional Learning and Research & Development Capability

1.1 DPS 4520 Review of Learning (20 Credits at Level 7)

The rationale underpinning this module is that a candidate must show that they are equipped, in terms of professional

experience, for the high-level work required on the rest of the DProf programme. Consequently, the aim

of this module is to enable the candidate to produce a piece of sustained and persuasive written argumentation,

which lays out their credentials for work at doctorate level. The module focuses on the candidate’s professional capabilities

and the writing of a critical review of own learning. This forms the basis for any recognition and accreditation

of learning (RAL) claims, which are included as appendices to the review.

1.2A DPS 4040 Claim for Professional Learning (40 Credit RAL Claim at Level 7)

The ‘Review of Learning’ module helps to identify the domains and major areas of professional learning that can

be explored further with in the Recognition and Accreditation of Learning (RAL) Claims. By making a claim for RAL

you are identifying your specific areas of expertise and asking these to be recognised by the University. This will

be in general by certificated learning through a master degree you already have or it can be through experiential


For some candidates with significant depth of professional learning, after consulting with your Programme Adviser,

there is opportunity to make an additional claim at doctorate level (Level 8)

1.2B DPS 5120 Claim for Advanced Developments in Professional Practice (120 Credit RAL Claim at Level 8)

The advanced RAL Claim would need to identify learning of substantial depth and breath to be equivalent to a

120-credit level 8 project. The claim is likely to be include a substantial body of work and learning including impact

at a whole organizational or professional community level. (If you decided to submit a claim at this level then it will

reduce the size of the required final project to 240 credits).


1.3 DPS 4060 Claim for Research and Development Project Capability (60 Credit RAL Claim at Level 7)

A second RAL Claim can be made which covers your research and development project capability (60 Credit RAL

Claim at Level 7). In this claim you demonstrate that you have the capabilities to undertake a doctorate level project.

If you already have a masters degree that involved research and development, then you need to identify and

explore your use of these capabilities at your doctorate project. If you do not have a master degree then you need

to review your learning and highlight where you have undertaken significant project work or systematic enquiry

within your work role. The claim will then be a reflective account of the capability you have developed in that work

which will bring to the doctorate research undertaking.

2: Planning of Professional Development and Practitioner Research Programme

DPS 4561 Planning a Practitioner Research Programme (60 Credits at Level 7)

The aims of this module are to provide candidates with knowledge of a range of approaches and methodologies relevant

to professional practitioner research work and enable them to design and plan a work based doctoral project(s)

and programme focused on advancing the individual and their organisation/profession; which includes:

- Equips the candidate with a critical awareness of particular research philosophies, approaches and techniques

that emphasise pragmatic and applied outcomes and are relevant to the practitioner researcher within inter-disciplinary


- Prepares the candidate to have the practical competence ion research methods

- Develop a coherent learning agreement that is contextualized with the accredited experiences of the candidate

and is agreed by its three stakeholders. A proposal for a detailed work based project which is focused on achieving

major organizational change, change in a community of practice and/or excellence in professional practice.

3: Implementation of Work Based Learning Project

DPS 5360 WBL Project or DPS 5240 WBL Project (360 Credits at Level 8 or 240 Credits at Level 8)

The rationale underpinning the project is that it should advance the interests of both the candidate and the candidate’s

organisation or professional area. It follows that each project will have unique specific aims. However, each

project will also have the following general aims:

- To confirm that the candidate meets the learning outcomes

- To demonstrate this through the production of work at the leading-edge of the candidate’s organisation and/or


The project module is based on the candidate’s professional work. The specific content of this module will have been

negotiated by the candidate through the programme proposal drawn up as part of the learning agreement in module

DPS 4561. This module will involve the candidate in the research and development which will advance the interests

of an organisation, profession or community and a critical commentary of the processes involved.


Mode of Study and Learning Support

The DProf is a part-time study programme, which can be completed in 3 - 6 years.

The EAWBLC provides the following range of learning support to enhance the learners’ quality learning experience:

- Workshops led by UK professor on a periodical basis

- Specially-designed DPS module handbook and guides for individual module study

- Direct access to the University’s e-learning resource and e-library in London

- Contacts with designated UK Programme Adviser and Project Consultant, who provide advice and feedback to the

learners’ course assignment and DPS project respectively throughout the programme and at the project stage

- Face-to-face tutorials with UK professor on a periodical basis

- Access to EAWBLC Library and study facilities


The DProf programme will be assessed on the basis of coursework, which includes:

- Review of Learning

- Claim for Professional Learning/Practice at Level 7 (or at Level 7 and Level 8)

- Claim for Research and Development Capability

- Learning Agreement, Preliminary Literature Reviews and Research Proposal

- Doctorate Work Based Learning Project Report plus Oral Examination

Admission Requirements

The DProf programme is open to senior professionals who meet the following requirements:

- A master degree or professional qualification of a recognised institution

- Substantial working experience (e.g. at least 8 years relevant managerial experience)

- English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS 6.5, pass in HKAL, or equivalent)

- Demonstrated professional learning and capability to undertake a doctorate research project that impacts and improves

the applicant’s organisation and professions at the application interview with UK faculty members


- A completed application form,

- A copy of an updated and full CV,

- Copies of academic qualification attained, and

- A short statement of 750-1,000 English words outlining:

o Your reasons for pursuing the DProf programme,

o Your professional scope for doctoral level project,

o An indication of possible project work, and

o An indication of the research and development methods you may use.

Admission interview will be arranged. Enrolment information and time table can be referred to on appendix pages.


For general information, please call the HKMA Customer Service Department on 2774 8500 during normal office hours. For

course details, please contact Ms Jane Ma on 2774 8552 or Mr S H So on 2774 8550.


Case Studies

Despite the fact that Jim graduated from a local university with major in Journalism studies, he possessed a dual

professional role not in such a field, but in music and librarianship. Shortly after his graduation in the early 1980s, Jim

joined the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and served as a professional musician for about three years. Then he moved on

to work as an Assistant Librarian in a big public library system, and stayed there for more than a quarter century. Due to

his strong music background, his appointment in most positions in the library was music related. Consequently, that most

practical work experience made Jim develop insights on how music libraries could be operated and developed according

to the socio-cultural context of the local readers’ group.

A few years ago, when Jim was serving in a senior rank of the public library system as well as the president of the Hong Kong

Library Association, he started to become aware that the education and training of music librarianship for library practitioners

had never been provided in Hong Kong, although there was a number of local libraries in Hong Kong offering music related

services to their patrons. However, the motive to critically look into this gap was prompted through a casual dialogue in early

2009 with a local music scholar, who was exploring training opportunities from the library side to help whoever might be in

need of managing their music materials. Holding this unique dual professional background, Jim was invited to design a training

programme for the academy. It suddenly came to Jim’s mind that probably the design of such a course could be extended to

target all library practitioners who were in need of such knowledge and skills in managing their music materials in the library.

If successfully drawn up and implemented, the course might possibly become a foundation for the development of music

librarianship education and training in a local context. Without a second word, Jim accepted to the invitation.

Shortly afterward, Jim was informed of a Middlesex University DProf programme, which was highly related to the project

itself --- pragmatic and work based in nature. On top of the on-going course design work with the academy, Jim thought

that this was a good opportunity to undertake a more in-depth study into the working situation of the local music library

practitioners in relation to their education and training backgrounds, to identify the possible problems they encountered

daily, and to see what he could do to serve their job needs. By putting forth the proposal titled “Music Librarianship in

Hong Kong: A Professional Development Programme for Music Library Practitioners” and aiming to deliver a new training

programme, Jim successfully enrolled onto the DProf Programme in September 2009.

A series of well designed research into the local music libraries were conducted from mid 2010 onward. From the findings, a tailormade

music librarianship course in foundation certificate level was finally launched and delivered for the first time in early 2011 to

target at the genuine needs of music library practitioners in the real world setting. Significantly marked by its first existence in Hong

Kong, the course also put into practice the underlying principle of an action research to bring changes into a real world setting as

a means of problem solving. Jim also realized that this had brought an observable paradigm shift on the education and training

module for music library practitioners from its traditional apprenticeship or in-service training module, which was long in practices

in the local music libraries, to a systematic and well designed education course module originated in an academy. Far more, this

could even serve as an innovative guideline to the creation of similar music librarianship courses in other Chinese communities out

of Hong Kong, where there was still not such a training course, but with identifiable demands.

Jim successfully completed his doctoral study in just slightly less than 3 years’ time, and he received his DProf degree in

Music Librarianship in July 2012. “The doctoral study programme widened my vision on my own subject field. It not only

elevated my analytical power and critical thinking, but also greatly enhanced my ability in doing research work and writing

up reports. Most of all, it was significant in bringing a change, a pragmatic change to the training culture in this specialized

stream and finally achieved a betterment to the music library profession.”

“Music Librarianship! Well, the degree title is a perfect combination concluding my past efforts in the only 2 careers in

which I had engaged --- music and librarianship,” Jim said.

Dr. Jim Hok-yan CHANG, DProf Graduate

“ I am privileged and delighted to have been a D.Prof candidate at Middlesex University”. The program is truly supported by

enthusiastic, caring and gifted faculty and staff both in London and Hong Kong. The quality of the program has proven

to be inspiring, filled with academic rigor, all supported by thoughtful processes and scheduled and insightful learning


Dr Brian To, DProf Graduate


Case Studies

“I chose to study for a Professional Doctorate in Coaching because I felt it would allow me to develop my professional

practice as a coach through work based research, while continuing to develop my professional role as a coach. The

opportunity to study with a professional coach educator together with the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex

University made this a powerful programme.”

Eunice Aquilina

Director at Eaconsult, who successfully completed the programme in 2008

“The research itself as part of the

final project was an eye opener

to the University of Social Welfare

a n d R e h a b i l i t a t i o n ( U S W R )

who funded this research. The

development of the curriculum

w a s a n i n n o v a t i v e p r o c e s s

i n h a v i n g t o d e v e l o p a n e w

programme. The benefit to my

own organisation is my greater

understanding of the student’s

needs that I would be supervising

in the future.

“Work based learning was the

channel for me to consolidate

all my previous experience and

knowledge in one project; this

particular course of studies helped

me to bring together what I felt needed concluding. It also gave me the understanding as how and what will be the need

for the students that I supervise. It was a very important step to understanding and to improve my own professional

knowledge and reflective processes.”

Fery Ghazi, who completed her Dprof on the Internationalisation of Education in 2008

“As an experienced consultant in the arts and cultural sector, I had carried out a lot of research over several years and

wanted to find a way to find time for reflection on this body of work and my working practices. The D Prof programme

at Middlesex was ideal as I was able to continue with my work whilst studying. The process was an amazing learning

experience and gave me the chance to validate my work which would not have been possible with a conventional

doctorate programme.”

Dr Susanne Burns, DProf


Institute for Work based Learning

Middlesex University

College House

The Burroughs, Hendon

London NW4 4BT

United Kingdom

Phone: (44) 20 8411 6118



Middlesex University East Asia Regional Office

28/F EIB Centre

40-44 Bonham Strand East

Sheung Wan

Hong Kong

Phone: 2861 3660

Fax: 2503 0525


The Hong Kong Management Association

16/F Tower B, Southmark

11 Yip Hing Street

Wong Chuk Hang

Hong Kong

Phone: 2774 8500 / 2774 8552

Fax: 2365 1000



Registration Number: 251512

This is a registered course under the non-local Higher and Professional

Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion

for individual employers to recognise any qualification to

which this course may lead.


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