The MProf provides a structured framework for critically understanding your work-based activity. The course is divided into three phases.
Review of personal and professional learning, research competence and professional capability. The course recognises that the portfolio of material which is required as a pre-condition to admission to CIMA membership fully meets the requirements of this phase. Accordingly qualified members of CIMA move directly to Phase 2.
Part-qualified CIMA members would be expected to participate in Phase 1, which would typically take 6 months and to make a cogent and persuasive case for the relevant credits which demonstrates how they have evolved as a reflective practitioner.
Planning a Practitioner Research Programme. This involves the study of research methodology and exploring research methods which are appropriate to workplace research, and the preparation of a research proposal for implementation. Phase 2 typically lasts for 6 months.
The Professional Practice Project. This is a major piece of work related to organisational change and/or professional development. It enables candidates to demonstrate research capability in a professional context. It provides an opportunity 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 3 continues for a minimum of 12 months.