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Mathematics Education MA

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Our Mathematics Education MA course is designed for education professionals who are involved in the teaching and learning of mathematics at any level, curriculum or policy development, or other related fields with a mathematics education focus. It is a flexible, interdisciplinary course designed to advance your theoretical knowledge, deep understanding and professional expertise in mathematics education, along with your critical abilities and research skills. 

Key benefits

  • Draws on contemporary research to advance knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of mathematics education in an international context.
  • Encourages development of critical perspectives on educational policies, texts and practices.
  • Taught by staff who are active researchers in the field, with specialist areas such as social justice, inclusion and engagement in mathematics education.
  • Provides opportunities to build an interactive network of teachers, academics, and policy makers from local, national and international educational settings.
  • Located in the heart of London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Dr Carla Finesilver 

Please contact the Postgraduate Taught Programmes Officer: ecs-pgt@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department School of Education, Communication & Society



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Course detail


The taught modules address some of the key philosophical, psychological and sociological aspects of mathematics education, as well as issues such as curricula, assessment, interdisciplinarity and widening participation. There are opportunities to study a range of topics including past, current and potential future mathematical practices, policies, cultures, technologies, problems and innovations. Through seminars, readings, discussions, and other activities, you will engage with key perspectives in learning theories and their implications and develop both a critical understanding of your own professional expertise, and a wider critical perspective on contemporary mathematics education.

This programme can enhance a variety of career paths in education and gives you the opportunity to personalise your learning pathway to reflect your individual interests. There is one core taught module ‘Mathematics Education: Theory and Practice’, which runs on a weekly basis in the autumn term. Further optional modules are selected, either within the subject focus (such as ‘Recent Developments in Mathematics Education’) and/or from the extensive range available from other MA programmes.

Course purpose

For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. To enable professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. Students will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.

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Course format and assessment


For each 30-credit taught module you will typically have 20 hours of class time. The sessions include lecturing, teacher led class discussions and student-led group work.

Self-study: You will have 280 hours of self-guided learning time per 30 credit module.

For the Academic Study Skills Workshops you will have 10.5 hours of contact time.

For the Dissertation module students receive 9 hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision and attend research methods lectures which are an additional 24 hours of contact time. The dissertation will also involve 567 hours of self-guided learning.


The 30-credit taught modules are normally assessed by a 6,000 word assignment. However, assessment methods may vary, depending on the optional modules you select. There is additionally an online participation requisite for the required taught module.

The 60-credit dissertation is assessed by an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.

Students are permitted to take up to 40 of their optional credits from outside of the course, at the discretion of the Programme Director. The contact time and assessment methods for those modules may vary.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180-190 credits.

Please note: students who are transferring in Master’s level credits (e.g. from the PGCE) will only need to take the number of credits required to bring their total for the course to 180-190, including transferred credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

In addition, you will take 90-100 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Entry requirements & how to apply

Maths Education Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

A 2:1 undergraduate degree. Lower undergraduate grades will be considered in certain circumstances, for example if the applicant has a PGCE with master's level credits. It is expected that applicants will have relevant professional experience, either in teaching mathematics (at any level) or in related fields such as education policy or management. However, applications from candidates who do not have any such experience but have previously taken undergraduate or postgraduate courses in education/pedagogy will be considered.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Applications will be considered by the Programme Director and one other member of staff. Some UK-based applicants are called for interview. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Maths Ed checklist
Personal Statement  Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please give your reasons for choice of programme, King's and for wishing to study at MA level together with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the programme.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £8,100 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £16,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,050 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,250 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Cost for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

The skills and knowledge developed in this course are of benefit to classroom practitioners (particularly those following a subject or school leadership career pathway), policy makers and individuals in other education-related roles. Some of our graduates also continue their educational research at MPhil/PhD level.


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