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Mathematics education

Research Mathematics education with The Open University. Housed in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the Mathematics Education Group’s research questions tend to arise from its own practice and concerns, with the aim of illuminating and understanding more fully various processes of learning and teaching mathematics. The same approach is recommended for potential PhD or MPhil students. Research is conducted using an eclectic range of qualitative methods.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

A masters degree in mathematics or education, ideally with a significant project component indicating aptitude for research in Mathematics Education.

Potential research projects

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the research projects listed on the School of Mathematics and Statistics’ PhD recruitment page, or to develop a project strongly linked to their experience as an educator. Projects in Mathematics Education may involve the following topics:

  • Mathematics teachers' professional learning
  • Teaching and learning using digital technologies
  • Attitudes to mathematics
  • Investigating classroom discourses
  • Developing student reasoning about particular concepts in mathematics.

Further information

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

Director of Research, School of Mathematics and Statistics
+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.