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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Mathematics Education

University of Auckland
3 - 4 years
Doctorate / PhD
On campus
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About this program

The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree, the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years. As well as your supervised original research, through your doctoral programme you will have opportunities to expand and develop your personal and professional skills. Doctoral candidates present their work at local and international conferences, and are encouraged to network and collaborate with a wide range of experts in their research field.

This course is also offered at overseas and Manukau location.

Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education is vital to ensure young people are numerate, understand how the world works and are equipped for future careers. Understanding how students learn Mathematics and the most effective ways of teaching it are at the heart of this subject.

High-quality Mathematics Education informs education, science, technology and engineering. As well as ensuring a numerate, highly skilled society, Mathematics Education provides the foundation for teaching young people important skills in logic, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, seeking evidence and analysing data.

Mathematics Education is essential for making sure mathematics is more widely understood and that students are inspired to pursue mathematical-based subjects and careers.

Mathematics Education courses cover:

  • An understanding of the theory underpinning Mathematics Education
  • The socio-cultural, political, economic and technological background to Mathematics Education
  • The Mathematics curriculum from early years, through to primary, secondary and higher education
  • Practical teaching skills, strategies and techniques
  • Research into Mathematics Education and how people learn

Programme structure

The University of Auckland PhD is a three-to-four year full-time advanced research degree.

On entry to the PhD programme, you will be enrolled provisionally. By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the PhD programme, including developing a full thesis proposal. After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research before submitting your thesis for examination after three years and within four years of your start date. The examination process includes an oral exam.

As part of your PhD study, you can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.

Where could this programme take you?

Our PhD graduates are successful in a wide range of fields and careers, as well as the traditional academic research career path. The PhD gives you extensive specialist and transferable skills, which are sought after in many sectors, including industry and government, and can even help you to develop entrepreneurship skills to run your own startup.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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University of Auckland

Established in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading, research-led university. In the QS Stars rating, the University of Auckland is rated as a Five Stars Plus institution for excellence in the categories: Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation,...

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