Course details

Study options

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

UK fee

£6,000 for the full course or £670 per 20 credits* (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,700 for the full course (2021/22)

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.

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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.‌

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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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.

Who you will meet

Programme Leader for MA Education (part-time): James Frost

How you're assessed 

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


Who will teach you

James Frost

James Frost
Programme leader

As a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Education, James Frost supports new members of staff at the University in attaining professional awards associated with teaching and learning in the sector. Additionally, James is also the mathematics pathway leader on the MA Education programme.

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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

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)


£6,000 for the full course or £670 per 20 credits*

£670 per 20 credits


£14,700 for the full course


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

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.

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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How to apply




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.  

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Additional information about your studies

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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.