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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    11 October 2017

Course content

Our Mathematics Education MA will enhance your theoretical and practical understanding of the study of Mathematics in Education. You will study a combination of required and optional modules that will advance your critical understanding and professional expertise. We also offer a range of study topics that will allow you to explore current and future mathematical education practices, policies, curriculum technologies, problems and innovations.

Key benefits

  • You will have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research and development in mathematics education.
  • Our curriculum is challenging, and you will be encouraged to take a critical view of policies and practice.
  • You will develop your analytical understanding of mathematics in education and will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical theory and practice.


Throughout the course, you will develop a critical understanding of your professional expertise as well as analysing the learning and teaching of mathematics and their implications for policy and classroom practice. You will engage with fundamental concepts in learning theories as well as the education and assessment frameworks they often imply. Your study will allow you to develop a critical perspective on contemporary mathematical learning schemes and their current impact on mathematical learning, teaching and assessment. 

Course purpose

For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. To enable professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. Students will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.

Course format and assessment


For each 30-credit taught module you will typically have 20 hours of class time. The sessions include lecturing, teacher led class discussions and student-led group work.

Self-study: You will have 280 hours of self-guided learning time per 30 credit module.

For the Academic Study Skills Workshops you will have 10.5 hours of contact time.

For the Dissertation module students receive 9 hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision and attend research methods lectures which are an additional 24 hours of contact time. The dissertation will also involve 567 hours of self-guided learning.


The 30-credit taught modules are normally assessed by a 6,000 word assignment. However, assessment methods may vary, depending on the optional modules you select. 

There is an online participation requirement for the compulsory taught module. The 60-credit dissertation is assessed by an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.

Students are permitted to take up to 40 of their optional credits from outside of the course, at the discretion of the Programme Director. The contact time and assessment methods for those modules may vary.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

The skills and knowledge developed in this course are of benefit to classroom practitioners (particularly those following a subject or school leadership career pathway), policy makers and individuals in other education-related roles. Some of our graduates also continue their educational research at MPhil/PhD level.

Visit the Mathematics Education - MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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