Education MA (Mathematics Education) enables you to gain a critical knowledge and understanding within the field of mathematics education in the UK. Through tutor led and independent study you will engage with theory and research relating to the teaching and learning of mathematics and develop your own specific areas of interest stimulated by analysis and reflection on issues in your own professional setting.
The MA Education (Mathematics Education) is a specialist route through the MA programme enabling you to gain in depth, critical knowledge and understanding of mathematics teaching and learning. It is open to those working in all education age phases. Taught by specialist mathematics education tutors the course presents variety of study modules which will deepen your own personal mathematical understanding and support you to develop the ability to critically analyse and reflect on the theory, policy and practice of mathematics education in the 21st century. The course offers a flexible framework combining academic study with work-based action learning and action research. Throughout the course issues in your day-to-day professional activity together with personal areas of interest inform the focus and development of your study.
The course typically takes three years of part-time study to complete - one year for the PGCert and a further two years to complete the full masters; you can progress at the rate that suits you. Each 20 credit module requires a total of around six to ten hours per week of study. Study comprises reading, work based learning, reflective practice, in addition to attendance at tutor-led sessions. Tutor led sessions are designed to be interactive; you will engage in mathematical activity, discussion and analysis with your peers. The programmes are arranged to fit in with participants' working patterns and include twilight and Saturday sessions. Between contact sessions you can maintain contact with your tutor on line and access study materials through the university VLE.
Every June we host an education research conference as part of our postgraduate professional development programmes. The conference is designed to be of interest to current students and recent graduates, teaching colleagues, EdD, PhD and MA students, and local professional practitioners and partners. It provides an opportunity to learn about local practitioner research findings and to network with colleagues.
Areas of study
Our flexible structure allows you to study first for the postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and then to choose whether to continue with the postgraduate diploma (PGDip) or the full masters. If you earned mathematics education specific masters credits as part of your initial teacher education or through another route you may be able to join the course at the end of year 1.
Stage 1: Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Education Studies
For this mathematics specialist route you will earn the PGCert by completing the Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme. Here you will study three modules; the first introduces you to Masters level study, and is followed by two mathematics specialist modules:
Engaging with Professional Development (taught, 20 credits) Developing knowledge of Mathematics for teachers (taught, 20 credits) Developing professional practice to enhance pupils' mathematical understanding (taught, 20 credits)
Stage 2: MA (120 further credits; 180 credits in total):
This stage of your study is made up of a further mathematics specialist module which together with more generalised education modules support your dissertation preparation. The specialist module offers a broader perspective on mathematics education, exploring a range of social factors that influence mathematics teaching and learning.
Core study modules enable you to gain an understanding of research methodology in preparation for your dissertation research project. You will be involved from the start of this phase in identifying an appropriate mathematics education topic for this research project and will also conduct a literature review to develop your own knowledge of current research findings within this field. Successful completion of these modules enables you to work on your own mathematics education research project, supported by your research supervisor.
Core study modules:
Research Contexts - Introduction to Research Methodology (taught, 20 credits) Literature and Research in Education (taught, 20 credits) Specialist Module: Social Issues in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics (taught, 20 credits) Research project (60 credits)
Stage 2 alternative option: Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education (60 further credits; 120 credits total)
If you decide that rather than study for the full MA you would prefer to study for a Post Graduate Diploma, then following your completion of stage 1 PGCert, your shorter study programme would comprise:
Literature and Research in Education (taught, 20 credits) Professional development project 2 (action research, 40 credits) Together, these two modules enable you gain an in-depth understanding of a particular aspect of mathematics education.
Skills that you hone throughout the literature and research module enable you to identify your own chosen mathematics focus for study and to explore current research findings in this field. Following this you will engage in and report on a practice based professional inquiry using an action research approach to deepen your understanding of your chosen mathematics education focus in the context of your own professional setting.