MA Education (Masters of Arts in Education)

Mathematics specialism

Specialism leader: Dr Taro Fujita

Delivery: blended learning / or distance learning

Duration: two to three years part-time 

Many learners struggle with mathematics, and yet numerical ability is essential both in the workplace and every day life. This specialism will give you the tools to improve your own professional practice and adopt the latest innovations to help your students excel.

The syllabus may include:

  • Context and issues - nature of mathematical knowledge; mathematics as human activities; an overview of research in mathematics education 
  • Curriculum and task design - designing mathematically rich tasks; mathematics education as design science; designing learning hypothetical trajectory; designing teaching units and tasks
  • Mathematical understanding and thinking - models of mathematical thinking and understanding; concept formations of mathematical knowledge; socio-cultural theories of learning 
  • Teachers’ roles in the classroom - teaching approaches and interventions; establishing social norms in classrooms; use of technologies; evaluation of teaching 
  • Assessment of students’ learning - methodologies to assess understanding; attitude towards mathematics; use of assessment

  • Technology – use of technologies in the classroom; latest innovations and potential impacts; evaluations of software such as GeoGebra or Tinkerplots and digital textbooks; designing innovative learning environments with digital technology

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification.

To qualify with the degree title MA Education: Mathematics, you will need to take a minimum of 60 credits in the specialist area, usually chosen from the taught modules below, and write a dissertation on a topic relating to this specialism.

Compulsory dissertation module

Specialism modules

CodeModulesDelivery  Credits 
EFPM324 Technology in mathematics education Distance learning or blended learning  30
EFPM319 Issues in theory & practice in mathematics education Distance learning or blended learning  30

Other modules

A further 60 credits can be chosen from our full range of modules.

Prior learning and experience

If you are registering for the MA Education, you may be able to accredit a maximum of 90 credits as a result of the learning you have achieved through your certificated qualifications and/or experience. Find out more.

Flexible design

If you don’t wish to complete a full Masters programme, you can study modules individually with the option of building up credits towards a postgraduate qualification.  Visit the Professional Development in Education pages for more information. 

Delivery: blended learning / or distance learning

Duration: two to three years part-time 

You can choose to be taught either through a combination of face-to-face teaching and tutoring, supported by online activities and resources, or entirely via distance learning.

Assessment methods vary depending on the modules you choose and may include written assignments, project work, group discussion, video assignments and presentations.

Facilities and support

Our blended learning modules include seminars held at St Luke’s Campus, which offers you an excellent range of specialist facilities including the UK’s largest Education library. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via email and/or webinar or face-to-face tutorials. You’ll also have access to a range of support including lecture notes, presentations and reading materials through our online learning environment.

Research-led teaching

The specialism is aligned with the Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education which brings together academic staff, practitioners and research students with interests in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As well as contributing to the day to day work of specific funded research projects, the centre explores more fundamental issues such as the nature of science, its role in key areas of decision making in society and the implications of these issues for formal and non-formal science education.

In addition to the meeting the entry requirements for the MA Education, you will usually need at least three months experience of teaching mathematics in a school, or similar educational environment, including involvement in the development of technology.