Admission to the specialisation in Mathematics Education requires knowledge of both Mathematics and Mathematics Education.
The requirement can be satisfied with one of the following alternatives:
Applicants with a master’s degree in other areas than Mathematics Education may be required to fulfill additional requirements, in which case a conditional offer of admission will be made.
The doctoral programme provides research education over 3 years of full time studies. The main objective of the PhD programme is to ensure that the candidates attain a high level of scientific expertise in Mathematics Education. The programme includes a coursework component of at least 30 credits and the dissertation which counts as 150 credits. PhD candidates receive formal training and supervision, providing them with broad and deep scientific knowledge that develops the competence to undertake independent research. PhD candidates attain scientific expertise through independent, supervised research work, leading to a scientific dissertation in Mathematics Education. The research work and dissertation must be of international standard.
The coursework component (theoretical curriculum) should normally be equivalent to 30 credits and is set up individually for each PhD student.
The trial lecture on the prescribed topic is additional to the coursework component.
The following courses are regularly offered at the University of Agder:
The following courses may be given when there is sufficient demand:
After satisfactory completion of their degree, PhD candidates shall have developed a high level of scientific competence in Mathematics Education. Candidates shall have acquired wide academic knowledge in Mathematics Education and specialized knowledge within a main area in Mathematics Education.
Usually, work with the dissertation is done under the supervision of two highly qualified scholars in the field. Teaching in the course part comprises lectures, seminars and discussions led by candidates or course teachers. In most of the courses, the assessment is based on an essay that builds on the literature in the course combined with the PhD candidate’s own research topic. More information about the courses can be found in the course descriptions. If several courses are offered during the same semester, the programme will be coordinated. Parts of the coursework component can be completed at other institutions in Norway or abroad, as agreed by the Faculty/PhD Committee.
Teaching will normally be in English.
As part of the research education, the PhD candidate is required to:
All courses or other activities to be included in the coursework component must have a final assessment. The assessment method used is normally an essay. The assessment method in the courses appears in the course descriptions.
Grading: Pass/Fail, where Pass corresponds to the grade B or higher on the master’s programme.
The doctoral programme concludes with a public trial lecture on a prescribed topic and a public defence (disputation) where the candidate presents an account of the results of the scientific investigations reported in the dissertation and defends the thesis in a discussion with two opponents. The disputation is further described in the supplementary regulations for the PhD Degree at the Faculty of Engineering and Science.
The PhD programme provides graduates with knowledge and skills to engage at the highest levels of teaching and research in the scientific discipline of Mathematics Education.
The programme is relevant for work which is based on research or requires deep insight in Mathematics Education, for example in higher education, research institutes, or related enterprises. Particularly relevant is teaching, research and developmental work within teacher education at various levels or educational consultancy in mathematics.
PhD at the Faculty of Engineering and Science with specialisation in Mathematics Education.