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Mathematics Education (MA)


Course Description

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

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/mathematics-education-ma

Key Information

- Application dates
January 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2016
October 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

Core modules provide students with the opportunity to consider developments in: information technology; assessment, change and development in the curriculum; sociological, psychological and linguistic issues; gender and mathematics; and vocational mathematics. Option modules and the independent dissertation/report provide opportunities to engage with mathematics itself, with the main focus on implications for teaching, and to develop and critique one's own practice.

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).

- Core Modules
Understanding Mathematics Education
What is Education

- Options
Digital Technologies for MAthematical Learning
Mathematics for Teachers
Understanding Learning and Thinking in A-Level Mathematics
A-Level Mathematics Pedagogy

- Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 16,000-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.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

- IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: EU students
Criteria:

- IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars
Value: Fees and some expenses
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Erasmus Bursary
Value: £350/month (1)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Fulbright
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE International Master's Student Bursaries
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Careers

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:
- Mathematics Teacher, Lambeth Academy (2011)
- Secondary School Teacher, Frances Bardsley School for Girls (2012)
- Senior Lecturer, London South Bank University (2012)
- Mathematics Teacher, Rutlish School, Merton (2013)
- Tutor, Tutor Doctor Cambridge (2013)

- Employability
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, variously 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.

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
This programme is suited to teachers in primary, secondary and further education who are interested in mathematics education, and others with a strong background in both mathematics and education.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Mathematics Education at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- your experiences of using research to inform teaching and learning
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

Visit the Mathematics Education (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

Normally applicants are expected to have a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree, usually in mathematics or in education, with relevant experience. Professional experience of teaching or tutoring, and the ability to write reports will will also be considered as relevant experience

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