PhD Studentships in the Department of Mathematics Education / Centre for Early Mathematics Learning

Loughborough University

Available: From October 2024


The Department of Mathematics Education and the Centre for Early Mathematics Learning (CEML) at Loughborough University invite applications for three funded PhD studentships.

The Department of Mathematics Education is one of the largest groups of mathematics education researchers in the UK – with an international reputation for research into and practice of the learning and teaching of mathematics and statistics.

The Centre for Early Mathematics Learning (CEML) is part of the Department of Mathematics Education and was launched in 2022 with an £8m grant from the Economic and Social Research Council. CEML aims to transform research in early mathematics education by revealing new understanding of children’s early mathematical learning, designing and evaluating educational resources based on the science of mathematical learning, and working with teachers, early years practitioners and families to translate these findings to practice.

Loughborough University has a thriving research culture. In REF 2021, 94% of the work submitted was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. We are a community based on mutual support and collaboration. Through our Doctoral College there are continual opportunities for building important research skills and networks among your peers and research academics. You will be supported through monthly research meetings and trained on technical, industry-relevant skills. There will be opportunities to present at national and international scientific events.

Project Areas:

Three studentships are available to students who wish to pursue PhD study in an area of research aligned with the aims of CEML.

CEML studies issues relevant to mathematics teaching and learning in the early years and primary school. For example, we work on topics such as how to measure early mathematical skills, early predictors of mathematical skills, influences of parental engagement, developing resources for training early mathematical skills, and how to communicate research findings to educational practitioners. Further details of CEML academics and their research interests can be found as follows: Our people – CEML. Details of research areas where we would particularly welcome applications can be found here: Research – CEML.

Applicants must make contact with a potential supervisor and gain their agreement before applying.

Funding and eligibility:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in education, psychology, mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree will be an advantage. Applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, please find further available on the international website.

The studentship is for up to 4 years (1+3) full time equivalent and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK or international fee rate. Further details in relation to award lengths are available in the CEML PhD studentship application form.

Contact details:

For queries please contact Priti Meredith at [email protected]

How to apply:

All applications should be made online via the above ‘Apply’ button. The deadline for applications is 10th December 2023. Under programme name, select ‘Department for Mathematics Education’, quoting reference number: CEML/2024. Please ensure that you read the CEML PhD studentship application form, prior to submitting your application.

Please include a research proposal (1000 words max.) that identifies the area of research you are interested in studying, the key questions you will address, an indication of the research methods you will use and a proposed supervisor amongst the CEML staff.

For more guidance on how your application will be assessed, please see our studentship assessment criteria . For further details and enquiries about the application process, please contact the School of Science Postgraduate Research Administration Team at [email protected] .

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