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Mathematics Education MA

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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: 2-5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 4 September 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£8,940 (FT)
£4,605 (PT)
Overseas:
£20,110 (FT)
£10,240 (PT)


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

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally applicants are expected to have at least 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 also be considered as relevant experience.

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

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

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.

Visa information

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 module offers 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.

Compulsory modules

  • Understanding Mathematics Education
  • Mathematics for Teachers

Optional modules

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

Visit the IOE website and the IoE module catalogue for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Please contact the Programme Leader for further information. 

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report. 

The Dissertation is worth 60 credits and you can choose one further optional module. 

OR

The Report is worth 30 credits and you can choose two further optional modules. 

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.

Each 30 M-level credit module has 300 nominal learning hours. This is made up of formal learning and teaching events such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, as well as independent study.

During term time students are expected to study between 15-20 hours per module, per week, preparing for and participating in seminars/lectures, and engaged in independent study and research. Learning hours continue outside term and full time study on the MA and would amount to 40 hours a week over 45 weeks.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

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

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Note:
Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Note:
Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
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.

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.

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 mathematics, geography, business, 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

Alumni view

"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 Skevington

Mathematics Education MA ()

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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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
4 September 2020

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.


For more information see our Applications page.

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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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Page last modified on 13 August 2020