Postgraduate Opportunities

Studying at doctoral level

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We welcome applications from anyone wishing to pursue full-time or part-time doctoral studies. Studentships open to full-time applicants of any nationality are sometimes available. Informal email contact, is encouraged before any application is submitted. This allows us to assess whether we have the expertise available to supervise in your chosen field.

To do a doctoral degree in Mathematics Education we expect our students to have completed an appropriate masters degree, typically a Masters in Education. Details of the Open University Masters in Education are here, with specialist routes in inclusive education or Leadership and Management.

Of course, structures of degrees can be different overseas, and we do allow alternative qualifications. We still expect study at Masters level, with a sound grounding in qualitative methodology and some experience of researching mathematics classrooms.

To study at doctoral level we offer 2 options: a PhD and an EdD. The EdD is a structured taught course that takes three years to complete. Most of the students continue working in their ‘normal’ professions at the same time. The PhD is not taught, can be undertaken part-time or full-time and should be completed within eight years. Another criteria for acceptance on the doctoral programme is whether we think we have expertise in the areas you would like to research.

Admission to a PhD is administered by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Full details of this process, including projects available in Mathematics Education, can be found on the School's Research Degrees page.

Follow these links for more information about each programme:

Many of our students reside overseas. We have on-line discussion forums and the EdD course is mostly accessible on-line. Personal communications between supervisors and students happen in person, by email or Skype. For enquiries regarding doctoral studies in mathematics education please contact sue.forsythe@open.ac.uk.

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