Mathematics Education (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time, mixed-mode

Course starts
January, April, October

International course fees
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All study options

About Mathematics Education at University College London (UCL)

Why an MA in Mathematics Education?

Subject knowledge is at the base of all good teaching. This MA is for educators who want to make sense of their experiences in mathematics classrooms by drawing on knowledge structures about mathematics education and about education more generally. You will be introduced to the foundations of mathematics education as a research field and see how it has contributed to understanding practice in areas such as digital technologies, language, curriculum development, collaborative learning, social justice as well as particular mathematical topics. A subject-specific MA helps teachers take on new departmental responsibilities, and fuels their sense of enjoyment and purpose in teaching mathematics. By keeping in touch with the mathematics teaching community beyond their own institutions, educators can contribute to wider pedagogic and policy agendas. Assignments in the MA Mathematics Education are tailored to mathematics-focussed graduates, with support for those who have less experience of essay-writing.

This masters degree will:

  • develop your understanding of a range of areas of research and practice in the teaching and learning of mathematics
  • give you some opportunity to engage further with mathematics that is relevant to your phase of teaching, with the main focus on mathematics education rather than mathematics itself.

"Fantastic, very thought provoking and stimulating. It's also inspired and enlivened my teaching..." (MA Mathematics Education student)


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • consider developments in: information technology; assessment, change and development in the curriculum; sociological, psychological and linguistic issues; gender and mathematics; and vocational mathematics
  • work with tutors who are at the forefront of mathematics education research and who are directly involved in some of these developments.
Who is this programme for?

Teachers in primary, secondary and further education who are interested in mathematics education, and others with a strong background in both mathematics and education.

Entry requirements

A good first degree, usually in mathematics or in education, with relevant experience.

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments and a 20,000-word dissertation.


Mixed mode, including face-to-face evening sessions, whole-day sessions during school holidays or on Saturdays, and online learning.


Core modules
  • Understanding Mathematics Education
Recommended modules
  • Learning Geometry For Teaching: Widening (Mathematics Education Practitioners') Geometrical Horizons
  • Practical Research In Education (Business Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education)
  • Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching 1
  • Reading Research In Education

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-time, Mixed-modeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsJanuary, April, OctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

1. Students are normally required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 for direct entry, with a score of no lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading. 2. A good first degree, usually in mathematics or in education, with relevant experience.

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