Specialisation in Mathematics Education, PhD

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
The Specialisation in Mathematics Education at the University of Agder provides research education over 3 years of full time studies. The main objective of the PhD programme is to ensure that the candidates attain a high level of scientific expertise in Mathematics Education.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


PhD candidates receive formal training and supervision, providing them with broad and deep scientific knowledge that develops the competence to undertake independent research. PhD candidates attain scientific expertise through independent, supervised research work, leading to a scientific dissertation in Mathematics Education. The research work and dissertation must be of international standard.

Learning Outcomes

After satisfactory completion of their degree at the University of Agder, PhD candidates shall have developed a high level of scientific competence in Mathematics Education. Candidates shall have acquired wide academic knowledge in Mathematics Education and specialized knowledge within a main area in Mathematics Education.


  • Have acquired knowledge of how issues of theory and ethics of science relate to Mathematics Education
  • Have acquired wide academic knowledge of key areas of research in Mathematics Education
  • Be in the ‘cutting edge’ of the knowledge of the topic of their dissertation
  • Be able to evaluate different research methods and relate them to topics in Mathematics Education
  • Be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge, theories, methods, interpretations and documentation in Mathematics Education


  • Be able to formulate research questions, plan and conduct research and professional development in Mathematics Education
  • Be able to conduct research and development of high international standards in Mathematics Education
  • Be able to deal with complex research questions in Mathematics Education and reflect critically on the established knowledge and practice in this field
  • teach and supervise within his/her own area of research at both master and bachelor level

General competence

  • Be able to carry out research in Mathematics Education and have an independent and reflective approach to research in their own field.
  • Be able to identify new relevant research questions and pursue their research with professional integrity
  • Be able to disseminate research and development work through recognized national and international channels
  • Be able to participate in discussions in the international research community in Mathematics Education (conferences, publications)
  • Be able to evaluate the need for and initiate academic development, based on recent research in Mathematics Education
  • Be able to manage complex and multidisciplinary tasks and projects that combine Mathematics Education and other relevant disciplines
  • Have acquired qualifications for research and other work that requires high standards of academic insight and competence in Mathematics Education.


The Specialisation in Mathematics Education PhD programme provides graduates with knowledge and skills to engage at the highest levels of teaching and research in the scientific discipline of Mathematics Education.

The programme is relevant for work which is based on research or requires deep insight in Mathematics Education, for example in higher education, research institutes, or related enterprises. Particularly relevant is teaching, research and developmental work within teacher education at various levels or educational consultancy in mathematics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details: Upon agreement
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

  • Theory of Science from a Perspective of Mathematics Education
  • Theories in the Learning and Teaching of Mathematics
  • Research Methodology in Mathematics Education
  • Philosophy of Science
The following courses may be given when there is sufficient demand:
  • Problem-Solving Research in Mathematics Education
  • History of Mathematics with Emphasis on Modern Mathematics
  • Mathematics Teaching and Learning in an ICT-rich Environment: Theories, Tools and Digital Competence
  • History of Mathematics

Academic Requirements

Admission to the specialisation in Mathematics Education requires knowledge of both Mathematics and Mathematics Education.

The requirement can be satisfied with one of the following alternatives:

  • Master’s degree in mathematics education, or a five years teacher education programme with specialisation in mathematics.
  • Master’s degree in mathematics and mathematics subject didactics encompassing at least the equivalent to courses included in practical pedagogical education.
  • Master’s degree in a subject area closely related to mathematics, of which a minimum of 80 ECTS is mathematics, and subject didactics encompassing at least equivalent to courses included in practical pedagogical education.

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