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Postgraduate Study

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Education (Mathematics Education) is no longer accepting new applications.


The Mathematics Masters modules are taught by means of a combination of lectures, seminars, reading groups, workshops and student presentations. The self-directed study includes pre-session readings, preparation for presentations, and practical research activities.

All students also attend educational research methods sessions as part of the Research Methods strand.

One to one supervision

4.5 hour per year (9 hours total)

Seminars & classes

The course involves 96 hours of face-to-face teaching over two years. This is made up of a mixture of lectures and small group seminars. Teaching sessions take place in the Faculty, once a week (on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm) in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. There is only a small amount of teaching in the Easter term.

Posters and Presentations

In the Easter term students are required to give short unassessed presentations with slides about their research.


Throughout the programme, written work is submitted and detailed feedback is provided. Students submit two essays and a dissertation. Informally, feedback is also provided through regular supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which can be viewed by the student via the Postgraduate Feedback and Reporting System.


Thesis / Dissertation

The thesis is up to 15,000 words in length and submitted in August. The final award for the course is based on the dissertation mark alone.

The examination shall include an oral examination on the dissertation and the essays, and on the general field of knowledge within which they fall, save that the Examiners may, at their discretion, waive the requirement for an oral examination.


Students are required to submit two essays in their first year, one 4000 words and the other 4000-6000 words in length.

Key Information

24 months part-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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