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Master of Professional Studies in Mathematics Education (MProfStuds)

Quick facts
Points per degree 120 points
Full-time study 1 year
Part-time study 2+ years (recommended if working concurrently)
Degree structure Taught courses and either dissertation or research portfolio
Taught by Faculty of Science and Faculty of Education and Social Work
Taught at City and Epsom Campus
Application closing date For Semester Two 2017 start: 4 July 2017
For Summer School and Semester One 2018 start: 1 December 2017
(Start in Semester One or Two by arrangement)
Start date Summer School: 4 January 2018
(Start in Semester One or Two by arrangement)

Programme highlights

  • Gives insight into classroom practice and provides an introduction to research in mathematics education (including statistics education).
  • Flexible structure: The two taught courses can be chosen from a large array of mathematics-related courses in the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Education
  • Projects are supervised by research staff and will be related to, and conducted in, the workplace.

Programme overview

The Mathematics Education specialty within the MprofStuds degree is designed for mathematics teachers who wish to study and research their classroom practice. It is a one year course (but may be taken part-time over 2 years).

The degree brings together research, mathematical knowledge, and professional experience to develop critical approaches to mathematics teaching and learning. The specialisation is jointly offered by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Education.

The degree has three components (that can be taken in any order):

  • One mathematics education paper offered by the Faculty of Education;
  • One paper from the 700-level schedules of the Departments of Mathematics, Statistics or Engineering Science. This can be either a 700-level content paper in mathematics, statistics or engineering science, or a mathematics education research paper offered by staff of the Mathematics Education Unit
  • 90 pts research portfolio.

Students will research work related to their mathematics teaching practice.

For more details, please see the University of Auckland Calendar

Programme structure

Taught masters

  • 45 points (Dissertation) from MATHS 785; STATS 792; EDPROFST 789
  • At least 45 points from MATHS 701-789; STATS 701-787; ENGSCI 701-772
  • Up to 30 points from EDUC 764; EDPROFST 787; or other courses as approved by the Head of School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, or programme director

The 45-point dissertation may be supervised either through Mathematics, Statistics or the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Please contact advisers below for a list of potential supervisors.

Research masters

  • 90 points (Research portfolio): MATHS 790
  • 15 points from EDPROFST 787 or EDUC 764
  • 15 points from MATHS 701-770; STATS 701-787; ENGSCI 701-772

The 90-point Research Portfolio will be jointly undertaken with the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Please contact advisers below for a list of potential supervisors.

Entry requirements

Students will require either:

  • a bachelors degree


  • a bachelors (honours) degree


  • a professional teaching qualification recognised as equivalent to one year’s advanced study


  • at least three years’ post-qualification teaching involving mathematics


  • any prerequisites for the courses in the subject area in which they wish to enrol

Entry is with the approval of the Director of the programme.

Find information on how to apply

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be better able to be senior practitioners in mathematics education at primary, secondary or tertiary level, and to take on positions of responsibility that involve mentoring other teaching staff.

In particular, it is expected that graduates of the MProfStuds (Mathematics Education) will be suited for Lead Teacher or HoD Mathematics roles in secondary schools.

This degree may provide the foundation for PhD study.

Help and advice

Dr Jean-Francois Maheux
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88791
Email: j.maheux@auckland.ac.nz

Gillian Frankcom-Burgess
Phone: +64 9 623 8883 ext 48663
Email: g.frankcom@auckland.ac.nz