Doctoral study in Mathematics Education

Why study with us?

New Zealand’s leading and largest Faculty of Science* brings together 10 diverse schools and departments to provide outstanding quality teaching and research opportunities. Our doctoral students work with some of the nation’s leading researchers and benefit from the faculty’s connections with international universities and industry. You will also have access to high-quality laboratory and field research facilities.


Research opportunities

We welcome PhD proposals in areas including:

  • Meaningful learning in mathematics
  • Mathematics lecturing and teaching
  • Design of mathematical resources
  • Emerging research knowledge in mathematics education.

Our people

Many of our knowledgeable scientists are major contributors in their field.

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Research topics

See a selection of past and present research topics:

  • Exploring new modes of teaching and learning in a university environment | supervised by Tanya Evans
  • Non-routine problem solving to improve graduate attributes such as creativity and innovative thinking | supervised by Tanya Evans
  • Professional development of mathematics teachers | supervised by Tanya Evans
  • Mastering fundamental mathematical concepts and processes | supervised by Igor Kontorovich
  • Communicating mathematically in online forums | supervised by Igor Kontorovich
  • Teaching, learning, and doing university mathematics | supervised by Igor Kontorovich
  • Mathematical task design | supervised by Caroline Yoon
  • Mathematical thinking and creativity | supervised by Caroline Yoon

For more information about PhD theses and topics you may be interested in, or supervisors and their past research, please use the search function on the Libraries and Learning Services catalogue.

Scholarships and awards

See our University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship page for scholarship opportunities. Or search our database for scholarships that may be available.

Help and advice

Please see our Doctoral students section for further information, advice and contact information.

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