The Mathematics Education MA is for teachers, tutors and others interested in how mathematics is taught and learnt at all levels of education. 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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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Normally applicants are expected to have at least a lower second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, usually in mathematics or in education. Professional experience of teaching or tutoring will also be considered as relevant experience. In addition, applicants should demonstrate commitment and a clearly expressed interest in issues relating to mathematics education, through the submission of an additional specific maths education written task.
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: Good
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
In the two compulsory modules (Understanding Mathematics Education and Mathematics for Teachers) 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 enable students to explore, for example, learning with digital technologies (Digital Technologies for Mathematical Learning), or learning specifically aimed at primary school levels of education (Primary Mathematics Teaching: Mathematics and Pedagogy), while the independent dissertation/report modules offer students the opportunity to carry out a sustained and systematic piece of academic or professional enquiry in their chosen area of mathematics education research interest.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The Mathematics Education MA consists of two compulsory modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or a report (30 credits) and additional optional module.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Mathematics Education.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Subject to availability, and approval, students can also choose optional modules from other UCL Institute of Education (IOE) MA programmes. In the past, the following modules were popular with our students:
- Digital Technologies for Mathematical Learning
- Primary Mathematics Teaching: Maths and Pedagogy
- What is Education?
- Understanding Research
- Educational Testing
- Assessment for Learning
- Curriculum, Policy and Practice
- Critical perspectives on learning and Teaching
- Development Education in the Era of Globalisation
- Education, Values and Identities
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.
Teaching and learning
Teaching consists of face-to-face seminars, discussions of readings, mathematical workshops, student presentations, as well as online interactions. The compulsory modules are taught face-to-face, and some optional modules are delivered online or offer a choice of mode of study.
The programme is assessed through 5,000-word essays and a 20,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word report.
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Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
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 programmes, practising teachers, and a rich and diverse range of international students.
Department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
What our students and staff say
"A lot of us are practicing teachers who turn up once a week for evening lectures and that's the extent of our presence in the IOE. Online group tasks have helped to overcome this, particularly when groups have been randomly allocated. It has given us the ideal opportunity to discuss things together but in a way which fits around all our respective lives. Q&A with Alexandra Skevington"
Alexandra SkevingtonMathematics Education MA ()
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Application and next steps
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.
This programme only requires one reference in support of your application. Your reference should be academic unless you have been out of university education for more than four years. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
Together with the personal statement, all applicants are also required to submit a specific written admission task giving an outline of a research investigation in mathematics education you are interested in carrying out. Please access the additional requirements page to find further details about this task.
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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.
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