Mathematics Education

The Department of Mathematics Education is one of the largest mathematics education research groups in the UK – with an international reputation for the research into and practice of the learning and teaching of mathematics and statistics.

Top 15 in the UK for Mathematics The Guardian University Guide 2023
100% of Education research impact rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF 2021

Mathematics Education at Loughborough

Our research explores the fundamental process involved in learning mathematics, as well as the design and evaluation of innovative pedagogy. Our staff enjoy collaborations and connections with other specialists across the country and run regular research workshops, attracting academics and researchers across the region.

We are a diverse community of around 30 staff, comprising academic staff, project staff and visiting fellows, and have a vibrant group of postgraduate research students.

The School of Science is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working, learning, social and living environment that enables students to achieve their potential and which celebrates and encourages diversity. Our aim is to maximise opportunity for all.

Master's degrees

Research degrees

There is a variety of funded and unfunded opportunities to join the Department of Mathematics Education as a doctoral researcher. You can develop your own unique research proposal or browse our current list of PhD opportunities – either way, we’d love to hear from you.

Browse our PhD opportunities


Our facilities are set within the refurbished Schofield and Wavy Top buildings at the heart of campus, and include the Schofield Cognition Lab, a child-friendly laboratory for conducting experimental or observational studies with young children, and several eye-movement labs equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

In 2019 the Department of Mathematics Education was awarded £6.6m by Research England to create a new Centre for Mathematical Cognition; as a result Loughborough now hosts one of the largest groups of mathematical cognition researchers in the world.