Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 3-6 years

UK fee

£600 per 20 credits* (2018/19)

Course level




Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Recent changes to the curriculum in primary mathematics education continue to challenge in-service teachers. The two subject modules on this pathway will seek to explore and resolve some of the tensions between the old and new curriculum.

The pathway will offer opportunities to upgrade subject knowledge in key areas identified by you following the modules and therefore seeks to react to the particular needs of the cohort.

Pathway modules will emphasise important links between theory and practice in mathematics education. Through reflection on practice, we seek to generate a sense of community that will allow you opportunities to share experiences and ideas.

What you will study

As a part-time student your study will normally take place over three academic years, potentially choosing one module per term. 

Your first module will be Crafting Your Masters Study. The other pathway, core and optional modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery.

Here is an example of possible combination modules:

DurationTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) Crafting Your Masters Study Pathway module Optional module
Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Evidence Based Practice Pathway module Optional module
Year 3 - Masters (180 credits) Independent study with Primary Mathematics Focus Independent study with Primary Mathematics Focus Independent study with Primary Mathematics Focus

Core modules

Prescribed pathway modules

Fostering Mathematical Understanding in the Primary School Classroom

You will conduct a critical review of relevant theoretical perspectives, including New National Curriculum expectations and guidelines, and, in the context of your own professional setting, reflect upon the effectiveness of the methods and techniques you employ for teaching and learning.

Learning and Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Classroom

In this module we seek to compare and contrast a selection of learning theories closely associated with mathematics education through engagement with seminal literature and research findings in this field. An informed understanding of how children might make sense of their mathematical world will lead you to reflect upon the approaches and strategies you utilize/observe within schools in addressing current curricula demands within the subject.‌

How you will learn

The Primary Mathematics pathway modules have been designed in such a way to allow you to focus on key areas for development in your own practice. Directed and self-directed study within school based centres will be used as catalysts for university sessions, where debate linking theory to practice will address some of the salient issues facing primary practitioners in schools.

Learning spaces within modules will be varied and include opportunities for whole class debate, group work, peer presentations, problem-based tasks and independent research. You will have access to suitable resources to support you, many of which are available through the University’s virtual learning environment and library services.

How you're assessed 

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including presentations and essays.

Entry requirements

Candidates need teaching experience in primary school settings and must be able to identify a placement centre where directed module tasks can be conducted with primary school children.

You will usually need an undergraduate or an equivalent credit bearing qualification to be accepted on the programme. Candidates applying with PGCE level certification may qualify for credit transfer for prior level  7 study.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)


£600 per 20 credits*

£600 per 20 credits*




*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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How to apply


UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


This module is designed to improve your confidence in the teaching and learning of primary mathematics. Upon graduation, you may wish to explore roles in mathematical consultancy in the primary education sector, as a mathematics co-ordinator in primary school, or in initial teacher education roles in higher education.  

Contact details

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.