PhD Mathematics Education

University of Agder

Application deadline: April 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
Project type: Open
Educational Form: Academic

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The study in mathematics education encompass studies of learning and teaching mathematics, further studies of mathematical topics included problem solving, use of technology and history of mathematics. The PhD programme is qualifying researchers in Mathematics Education. It includes an organised training element and writing a research thesis.


Our aim is to contribute to the overall research and knowledge within the teaching and learning of mathematics, at all levels of schooling and education.


The programme consists of two parts.
The course part comprises 60 ECTS credits. The course part consist of a core of compulsory course work, augmented either by furter courses, contribution at seminars, publications or similar.

The research comprises 120 ECTS credits. The research will be supervised by experienced supervisors and will result in a Doctoral dissertation. The dissertation shall be defended in a public disputation.

The programme aims to develope the candidate's capacity for critical analysis and ability to pursue scholarly and programmatic research in the field.

The following courses are offered at the University of Agder (the courses will not be offered every year):

* MA-601 Theory of Science from a Perspective of Mathematics Education
* MA-602 Theories in the Learning and Teaching of Mathematics
* MA-604 Problem-Solving Research in Mathematics Education

* MA-606 The history of Mathematics with Emphasis on Modern Mathematics
* MA-607 Research Methodology in Mathematics Education
* MA-611 Mathematics Teaching and Learning in an ICT-rich Environment: Theories, Tools and Digital Competence
* MA-620 The history of Mathematics


To be admitted to the programme, applicants must have obtained a higher degree (masters degree or equivalent) in the discipline of their application, that is Mathematics, Mathematics Education or a closely related discipline. In addition applicants should have Teacher Education and should have achieved a reasonable level of competence in Mathematics Education.


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