Research course

Mathematics Education Centre

Loughborough University · Mathematics Education Centre

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree or a masters’ degree in mathematics, mathematics education, science or engineering, or an equivalent qualification.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Mathematics Education Centre (MEC) at Loughborough University is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in teaching, learning and support in mathematics. It is a key player in many high-profile national initiatives. The MEC consists of one of the largest groups of mathematics education researchers in the UK.

Our research explores the fundamental processes involved in learning mathematics, as well as the design and evaluation of innovative pedagogy. We have a vibrant research culture: our monthly research workshops attract colleagues from across the region, and we have a lively group of research students who are supervised by award-winning academic staff. Research in the MEC focuses on two interest groups which form the focus of our research activity: the Culture, Pedagogy and Identity Interest Group, and Mathematical Cognition Interest Group.

Research groups

Culture, Pedagogy and Identity

The Culture, Pedagogy and Identity Interest group has expertise in the analysis of existing pedagogical practice, in the deisgn and evaluation of novel practices, and in the research-based promotion of teaching development. Of particular interest to the group are the mechanisms by which students' mathematical identity is shaped by their university experiences and the ways in which the practices of university level mathematics influences teaching and learning.

Mathematical Cognition

The Mathematical Cognition Interest Group focuses on understanding the processes by which students come to understand mathematical ideas. Academics in this group have specific strengths in numerical cognition and mathematical reasoning. Recent externally funded research projects in the group have included work on the nature and cause of dyscalculia, on the 'Approximate Number System' and its links to formal mathematics achievement, on the relationship beytween studying mathematics and reasoning skills, and on the ways in which experts and novices read mathematical proofs.

Department specialisms

Research groups Culture, Pedagogy and Identity Mathematical Cognition

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0)1509 228292