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MPhil in Education (Mathematics Education)

Course Description

The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are:

- to examine the theoretical frameworks used in the study of education and its constituent disciplines;
- provide training in research methods appropriate to education;
- advance students’ capacity for professional reflection and judgment;
- cater for a range of specialists interested within the field of education or one of its constituent disciplines.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmpemm

Course detail

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


The Mathematics Masters modules are taught by means of a combination of lectures, seminars, reading groups, workshops and student presentations. Self-directed study includes pre-session readings, preparation for presentations, and practical research activities.

All students also attend educational research methods sessions as part of Educational Research route.

Each term, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions (three times a term). At the end of each term, supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student online.


- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.


Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Education (Mathematics Education) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alison Kiddle

"Studying for the MEd exposed me to a wide variety of mathematics education research which has been invaluable in my role at the NRICH project developing problem solving resources and working with teachers to improve classroom practice. I received tremendous encouragement from my supervisor to be innovative and creative in designing my research project, and the flexibility of the part time route allowed me to complete a Masters degree which would otherwise not have been possible for me at this stage in my career."

(Student Profile)

Sylvester Juwe

"When I started this course, I was sure that it would help develop my skills in research. Over the two years, not only did I achieve that expectation, but my mathematical and pedagogical understanding, critical awareness and resilience were also enhanced. In addition to the individualised support I received, the relationship with my supervisors and other members of staff really supported my development. Furthermore, as a school leader, the part-time course structure enabled me to develop academically without compromising my professional life".


Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree. Find University Minimum Academic Requirements here View Website

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