Specialisation in Mathematics Education, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    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.


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

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

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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