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2 years
120 ECTS Credits

Do you want to gain expertise in mathematics? Then this is the programme for you! The master’s programme in mathematics has two different profiles; one in mathematics education, oriented towards becoming a mathematics teacher, and one pure mathematical profile. In mathematics education, issues related to the teaching of mathematics are dealt with. The mathematical direction provided will allow students to gain advanced technical expertise and delve deeper into mathematics. Both profiles qualify students for lectureships after completed PPU education (Practical Pedagogical Education), and both qualify for PhD studies.

The University of Agder has a strong team of experts in mathematics and mathematics education, and in 2013 was awarded the status of National Centre of Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (MatRIC) from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, NOKUT.

All lectures can be given in English, if appropriate, for English-speaking students. 

What do you learn?

Upon completion of the study programme, you will

  • have gained advanced knowledge of key issues and methods in mathematics and mathematics education;
  • have gained a thorough knowledge of theories and methods of research in mathematics and/or mathematics education;
  • be able to analyse academic issues based on the history of mathematics and its traditions, character and place in society.
  • be able to communicate research results and methods to both specialists and non-specialists
  • be able to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of mathematics and mathematics education in the field of practice*
  • be able to develop their own ideas and implement research-based analysis of problems in mathematics education*
  • be able to demonstrate independence and an in-depth understanding of learning processes in mathematics*
  • be able to analyse and relate actively to social, scientific and ethical questions that arise in learning situations in mathematics*

*Only for the mathemathics education pathway.


The study ends with a master’s thesis in mathematics (60 ECTS) or mathematics education (60/30 ECTS) See the programme description for details. More information regarding the master’s thesis can be found here

Course structure

Admission requirements

See supplementary regulations regarding admission

Application period

  • Non EU/EEA international applicants: From 1 November - 1 December.
  • EU/EEA applicants: From 1 February - 1 March.
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: From 1 February - 1 March.

Student exchange

Possibilities for studying abroad are given.

More information about how to become an exchange student.


Application deadline

1 December/1 March

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Questions regarding admission

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