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Mathematics education

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The Mathematics Education Group’s research questions in this area tend to arise from our own practice and concerns, with the aim of illuminating and understanding more fully various processes of learning and teaching mathematics. We recommend this approach to potential students. Research is conducted using an eclectic range of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Professional development of primary and secondary teachers of mathematics
  • Pupils’ perceptions of mathematics lessons
  • Problem-solving in primary mathematics classrooms
  • Reflective learning in the primary mathematics classroom

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Barbara Allen

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Mathematics and Statistics Research Secretary
+44 (0)1908 655552

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.