Mathematics Education MA

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
£12,000
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 13 May 2022

Applications closed

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

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.

Visa information for non-UK students

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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.

Who this course is for

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 this course will give you

The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society 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.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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.

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.

A full-time MA Maths Education Programme is equivalent to approximately 300 hours of teaching, seminar, tutorials and independent study/research over one year of full-time study. The time allocated will vary from module to module and tutors will advise you in how to manage your workload.

Modules

Full-time

Full-time students study the programme over one year. Understanding Mathematics Education, Mathematics for Teachers and EITHER Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods OR Report with Integrated Research Methods are compulsory. Optional modules from a range are also available in the wider IOE offering. Full-time students therefore choose: 

EITHER  

  • Understanding Mathematics Education(Autumn Term) 
  • Mathematics for Teachers (Summer Term) 
  • Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (Autumn Term Online Integrated Research Methods, Dissertation Spring and Summer Terms) 
  • Optional module 1 - recommended: Digital technologies for Mathematical Learning (Spring term) 
  • Optional module 2 (Term dependent on choice)

OR  

  • Understanding Mathematics Education(Autumn Term) 
  • Mathematics for Teachers (Summer Term) 
  • Report with Integrated Research Methods (Autumn Term Online Integrated Research Methods, Report Spring and Summer Terms) 
  • Optional module 1 - recommended: Digital technologies for Mathematical Learning (Spring term) 
  • Optional module 2 (Term dependent on choice)
  • Optional module 3 (Term dependent on choice)
Part-time

Part-time students study the programme over two years. Understanding Mathematics Education, Mathematics for Teachers and EITHER Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods OR Report with Integrated Research Methods are compulsory. Optional modules from a range are also available in the wider IOE offering. Over their two years of study, part- time students therefore choose: 

EITHER  

  • Understanding Mathematics Education(Autumn Term) 
  • Mathematics for Teachers (Summer Term) 
  • Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (Autumn Term Online Integrated Research Methods, Dissertation Spring and Summer Terms) 
  • Optional module 1 - recommended: Digital technologies for Mathematical Learning (Spring term) 
  • Optional module 2 (Term dependent on choice)

OR  

  • Understanding Mathematics Education(Autumn Term) 
  • Mathematics for Teachers (Summer Term) 
  • Report with Integrated Research Methods (Autumn Term Online Integrated Research Methods, Report Spring and Summer Terms) 
  • Optional module 1 - recommended: Digital technologies for Mathematical Learning (Spring term) 
  • Optional module 2 (Term dependent on choice)
  • Optional module 3 (Term dependent on choice)
Flexible

Modular/Flexible students study the programme over a period of up to 5 years. Understanding Mathematics Education, Mathematics for Teachers and EITHER Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods OR Report with Integrated Research Methods are compulsory. Optional modules from a range are also available in the wider IOE offering. Over the period of up to 5 years of study, modular/flexible students therefore choose: 

EITHER  

  • Understanding Mathematics Education(Autumn Term) 
  • Mathematics for Teachers (Summer Term) 
  • Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (Autumn Term Online Integrated Research Methods, Dissertation Spring and Summer Terms) 
  • Optional module 1 - recommended: Digital technologies for Mathematical Learning (Spring term) 
  • Optional module 2 (Term dependent on choice)

OR  

  • Understanding Mathematics Education(Autumn Term) 
  • Mathematics for Teachers (Summer Term) 
  • Report with Integrated Research Methods (Autumn Term Online Integrated Research Methods, Report Spring and Summer Terms) 
  • Optional module 1 - recommended: Digital technologies for Mathematical Learning (Spring term) 
  • Optional module 2 (Term dependent on choice)
  • Optional module 3 (Term dependent on choice)

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Mathematics Education.

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The Funding your studies session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Funding and Student Recruitment teams, provides information and guidance about the various scholarships and funding opportunities for graduate study at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £24,000 £12,000

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their report or dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Value: Full tuition fees and some allowances (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2022
Value: Tuition fees and a stipend (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2022
Value: Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

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.

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 Application fees.

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.

If you choose to upload your personal statement as an attachment then please note that, in general, there is no fixed word limit, however, we would expect your statement to be typed and no longer than two sides of A4 paper..

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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