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Course content

The Mathematics Education MA is for teachers, tutors and others interested in how mathematics is taught and learnt. The programme gives students the opportunity to explore issues in mathematics teaching, to consider the theoretical underpinnings, and to carry out a rigorous study of mathematical learning.

Degree information

In the two core modules students consider research-based developments in mathematics teaching and their related sociological, psychological, curricular and linguistic issues, and they engage with mathematics itself, finding implications for teaching. Optional modules and the independent dissertation/report explore learning with digital technologies, study the wider values and practices of education, and allow teachers to develop and critique their own practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The Mathematics Education MA consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) or report (30 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study up to five years, is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, two optional modules (60 credits),flexible study over a period of up to two years, is offered.

Core modules
-Understanding Mathematics Education
-Mathematics for Teachers

The module A level Mathematics Pedagogy is not scheduled to run in 2017-18, but is an allowed alternative core module, replacing Mathematics for Teachers.

Optional modules
-Digital Technologies for Mathematical Learning
-What is Education?

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 17,000-word dissertation or 8,000-word report.

Teaching and learning
Teaching varies according to the modules and includes face-to-face seminars and discussions of reading, mathematical workshops, student presentations, as well as online interactions. Only one module, Digital Technologies in Mathematical Learning, can be studied at a distance.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as secondary school heads of mathematics, while others have jobs as primary school mathematics leads. Graduates can also be found working as head teachers and mathematics education lecturers.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Independent School Teacher, Girls Day School Trust (GDST)
-Maths Tutor, Elm Court School
-Secondary School Teacher (Maths and Assistant Head of Year), Acland Burghley School
-Secondary School Teacher (Maths), Park View
-Primary Teaching (School Direct), Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

For most teachers, the Mathematics Education MA enhances their satisfaction in teaching and adds a thoughtful critique that balances the pressures of teaching. It develops skills in mathematics, pedagogy, research methods and writing. This programme is a vital stepping stone to a higher degree in mathematics education and a post in teacher education or education research. For non-teachers, this programme develops transferable skills of writing, critical analysis and understanding of how a mathematical perspective differs from other forms of reasoning.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education. Students will work with tutors who are at the forefront of mathematics education research and who are directly involved in some of these developments.

The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge MA and CPD courses, presented in face-to-face, distance learning or mixed mode formats. In addition we offer a first class PhD programme and staff are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed, research and development projects.

The department's student population is very diverse: students on initial teacher education courses, practising teachers, and a rich and diverse range of international students.

Visit the Mathematics Education - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!






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