Mathematics Education Centre MPhil, PhD

Entry requirements
2:1 +
Full-time
3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
Part-time
6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
Start date
January, April, July, October 2019
UK / EU fee
TBC
International fee
£16,900
Location
Loughborough

Overview

The Mathematics Education Centre is one of the largest mathematics education research groups in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 85% of the Centre’s research activity was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’, putting the research quality of the Centre amongst the highest of all education departments in the UK.

Academics from the Mathematics Education Centre have won national and international awards for their research and research-informed teaching practices. Together the Centre’s staff lead a lively group of PhD students from across the globe.

Research in the MEC focuses on two interest groups which form the focus of our research activity: the Culture, Pedagogy and Identity Interest Group; and Mathematical Cognition Interest Group.

The Centre’s research explores the fundamental processes involved in learning mathematics, as well as the design and evaluation of innovative pedagogy. The staff enjoy connecting with other specialists across the country, and run monthly research workshops which attract academics and researchers from across the region.

There is an active programme of workshops incorporating seminars by external and internal researchers (including PhD students) and reading group sessions. External funding for research is increasing with grants from the ESRC, the Royal Society, the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy, Action Medical Research and the HE STEM programme. In recent years we have hosted five prestigious fellowships: Dr Sophie Batchelor (ESRC Future Leaders Fellowship), Dr Camilla Gilmore (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship), Dr Matthew Inglis (Royal Society Educational Research Fellowship) and Dr Ian Jones (Royal Society Educational Research Fellowship). The MEC's growing international reputation has been reflected in Loughborough University's appearance in the top 200 universities in the world for Education in the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and by being ranked as the fifth highest education department in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (based on the percentage of 3/4* activity).

The MEC is responsible for the university-wide Mathematics Learning Support Centre, which provides mathematics and statistics support to all students. In addition, one-to-one support for students at all levels of study is provided by MEC staff and colleagues in the department of Mathematical Sciences. The Statistics Advisory Service is a specialist service which is in great demand, providing support for final year project students and postgraduates and staff requiring help with statistics. There is also increasing demand for support from the Eureka Centre for mathematical confidence which supports students with a range of neuro-diverse needs. The MEC, together with Coventry University, hosts the sigma Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in university-wide mathematics and statistics support. In 2011 this work was awarded the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students.

Where you'll study

Our facilities are set within the newly refurbished Schofield Building at the heart of the Loughborough campus. These include the Schofield Cognition Lab: a child-friendly laboratory for conducting experimental or observational studies with young children, and an eye-movement lab equipped with a state-of-the-art eye-tracker.

Research areas

Culture, Pedagogy and Identity

The Culture, Pedagogy and Identity Interest Group has expertise in the analysis of existing pedagogical practice, in the design and evaluation of novel practices, and in the research-based promotion of teaching development.

Of particular interest to the Group are the mechanisms by which students’ mathematical identity is shaped by their university experiences and the ways in which the practices of university level mathematics influences teaching and learning.

Mathematical Cognition

The Mathematical Cognition Interest Group focuses on understanding the processes by which students come to understand mathematical ideas. Academics in this Group have specific strengths in numerical cognition and mathematical reasoning. Recent externally funded research projects have included work on the nature and cause of dyscalculia, on the ‘approximate number system’ and its links to formal mathematics achievement, on the relationship between studying mathematics and reasoning skills, and on the ways in which experts and novices read mathematical proofs.

Your personal and professional development

Support from your supervisor

You will have access to workshops, international visitors and a wide range of research seminars. Your supervisor(s) will guide you through the research process, and you will have full access to all research facilities, and library and IT services.

Skills and experience

A PhD programme will give you the opportunity to develop new and highly sought after skills which can set you up for a range of careers. It’s a chance to make a novel contribution to knowledge, to become a world expert in a particular field, and it can open a range of doors with different employers. You'll also enhance your interpersonal skills, such as networking and relationship building, which will be invaluable in your future career.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (usually at least 2:1) in mathematics, education, psychology or a related discipline. It would be an advantage in some cases to have an MA/MSc in mathematics education, educational/psychological research methods or in a related discipline.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Algeria - 15/20 12.5/20

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Australia First class Upper second Lower second

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Azerbaijan 4.5 4.0 3.5

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bahrain GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bangladesh – BUET 1st (60%) 2nd (52%) 2nd (50%)
Other universities 1st (70%) 1st (60%) 2nd (53%)

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Belarus 9 8 6.5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Belgium 80% (Magna Cum Laude) 70% (Laude) 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brazil 8.5 7.5 6.0

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper second Lower second

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bulgaria 6 5 4

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cameroon - 14/20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 12.5/20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Canada GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Chile 6.0 5.0 4.5

China

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 80% 77%
Shanghai Rank Top 251 - 500 89% 83% 80%
Shanghai Rank 500+ 92% 86% 82%

Further information

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Colombia 4.5 3.5 3.0

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Croatia 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cuba 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Czech Republic 1.2 2.2 2.7

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Denmark 12/12 10/10 7/4

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ecuador 8.5 (85%) 7.5 (75%) 6 (60%)

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.7 3.2 2.7

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Finland 3 (out of 3) or 3.3 (out of 5) 2 (out of 3) or 2.5 (out of 5) 1 (out of 3) or 1.3 (out of 5)

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
France 14 12 11

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Germany 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second Lower second

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Greece 8.5 7.0 6.5

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Hong Kong GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Indonesia - 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 18 16 14

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 85% 80% 75%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First Upper second Lower second

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Israel 95% 80% 75%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Italy 109/110 104/110 100/110

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% 70%

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Jordan GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kazakhstan 4.5 4.0 3.5

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 65% / B Lower second / 55% / B-C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kuwait GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lebanon American 90% 80% 70%
Lebanon French 18 15 12

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 80 75
Other Bachelor degree from a University - 85% 80%

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau - 2:1 / B / 3.0 2:2 / C / 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 7.5 6.7 6

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
MSc Degree 75% 70% 65%
BSc Degree - 80% 80%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malaysia GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco - 15 13

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% 70% 60%

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
New Zealand First (A/A+) Upper second (B+/A-) Lower second (B-/B)

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Nigeria 7 point Scale 6 5 4
Nigeria 5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
Nigeria 4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A (1.5) B (2.5) C (3.2)

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Oman GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Pakistan Public Universities (Tech or Eng) 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Pakistan Private Universities (Tech or Eng) 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
Pakistan Masters (2 or 3 year Bachelor plus Masters) First Second (55%) Second

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Palestine - B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Peru 16 14 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Philippines Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Poland 5 (Very good) 4 (Good) 3.5

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Qatar GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Romania 8.5 7.5 6.5

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Rwanda - 2:1, 16/20, 70% 2:2, 14/20, 60%

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Saudi Arabia GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Singapore First Upper second Lower second

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
South Africa 1st / 75% - 100% 2.1 / 70% - 74% 2.2 / 60% - 69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
South Korea 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.5 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Spain 9.0 7.5 6.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 70% 66% 60%

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Syria 85% 75% 65%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Taiwan Prestigious National Universities 80% 75% 73%
Taiwan Excellent Universities 83% 78% 75%
Taiwan Good Universities 88% 83% 80%

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Thailand GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tunisia 15 13 11

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkey 3.5 2.8 2.2

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda First Upper second Lower second

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ukraine 5 4.5 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
United Arab Emirates GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
United States of America GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uzbekistan 90% / 85% 80% / 75% 75% / 65%

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Venezuela - 16/20 or 7.0/9 14/20 or 6.5/9

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
TBC

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£16,900

Starting your studies in the 2018/19 academic year?

If your start date is October 2018, January 2019, or April 2019 your tuition fees for this academic year will be at the 2018/19 rates.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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How to apply

If you can't find a suitable PhD opportunity that fits your interests and experience from our funded (studentships) and unfunded opportunities, you can submit a research proposal to the Mathematics Education Centre in the hope of finding a supervisor who will work with you on your dream project.

On the online application, you should indicate the project/area in which you would like to study and the person with whom you would like to work, if appropriate. You are strongly encouraged to contact this person in advance to discuss their interests and possible research topics. Additionally, you must submit:

  • A one-page CV summarising your relevant experience and skills
  • A one-page cover letter describing your reasons for wishing to undertake research in your chosen area and the personal qualities you will bring to the work
  • A two-page essay on one or more issues affecting teaching/learning in mathematics that relate to your proposed area of research. This should be a specially constructed piece of writing that refers to relevant academic literature
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