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Mathematics/Natural Science, Specialising in Educational Sciences

Mathematics or natural science specialising in educational sciences as a research domain is multidisciplinary in nature. The domain covers everything from study techniques within the natural sciences and successful teaching methods to research on the conditions for and potential of gifted students. The breadth of the research domain requires collaboration with researchers from different specialisations.

The programme focuses on helping students become independent and critical researchers who can contribute to the development of society and support the learning of others. The student’s dissertation will help develop a better understanding of knowledge creation, teaching, and education within a field of mathematics or natural science.

The goal with the programme is to develop advanced subject knowledge and familiarity with scientific methods both within mathematics/natural sciences and within educational sciences. The student also gains an awareness of the subject area’s epistemological foundations.

Prior to applying

Contact the individuals responsible for individual project proposals or the person within your subject area to discuss the design of your project proposal. We recommend that you contact the University to discuss whether your project is feasible.

Eligibility

To be accepted to the research school in educational sciences, you need to fulfil the general entry requirements and the specific entry requirements.

Specific entry requirements

You fulfil the specific entry requirements if you:

  • have completed a master’s in education teaching qualification that includes a degree project of at least 15 credits or equivalent independent project, and at least 90 credits within a mathematics or natural science subject (of which at least 60 credits in mathematics at a master’s level), or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Selection

The faculty uses several selection criteria when selecting applicants.

Selection criteria:

  • qualifications from previous educational programmes
  • degree projects or equivalent independent projects
  • attached project descriptions of potential dissertation work
  • documented relevant professional experience as a teacher.

Project proposals sorted by department

Tools to assess plant physiological responses to the environment

Contact: Cornelia Spetea Wiklund

Plastics in nature

Contact: Bethanie Carney Almroth or Helen Sköld

Toxic learning or learning about toxins? “It’s poisonous, dangerous for the environment”; “No, it’s natural, no problem!”

Contact: Ingela Dahllöf

Art and science

Contact: Giovanni Volpe

Collective dynamics of autonomous robots in a complex environment

Contact: Giovanni Volpe

Nanotechnology Experimental study of critical Casimir forces

Contact: Giovanni Volpe

Perturbation of Photosynthetic Organisms – Single cell analysis using laminar flow chambers, fluorescence microscopy imaging and signal processing

Contact: Caroline Adiels

Why don’t students in science use proven effective study techniques?

Contact: Anne Farewell or Örjan Hansson

Tools for visualising chemistry

Contact: Leif Eriksson

Algebra didactics

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group

Teaching skills

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group

How do student’s mathematical abilities develop?

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group

Teacher alumni's perspective on their development

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group

Programming in mathematics teaching

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group

Instructional teaching with active-student elements and feedback

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group

The history of mathematics

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group

Problemsolving

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group

Gifted youth

Contact: The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Research Group