The Online Masters

The Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) is a self-financing centre in the Faculty of Education at Plymouth University led by Professor David Burghes. It was set up some 25 years ago, initially at the University of Exeter, with a research and development focus, aiming to support and help teachers of mathematics to implement good practice, based on international evidence. It moved to the University of Plymouth in July 2005. Today CIMT continues to provide a thriving, innovative and enterprising facility for pedagogical research and development in the mathematical sciences.

Much of the Centre’s work is based on working with teachers or whole departments within a school to develop a collaborative approach to professional development. This approach is modelled on international evidence of what makes “great instruction” and is designed to help teachers to develop a reflective, critical analysis of their own practice.

To support this approach, CIMT has designed a suite of Modules (at M Level), originally funded by the TDA (Training and Development Agency) for personal professional development (PPD) in mathematics education at both primary and secondary levels. These modules have been redesigned around the questions “How do I become a better teacher?” and “What is great instruction?” and can be delivered in a variety of modes.

Recently, CIMT have been at the forefront of developing the SKE+ course, which is funded by the National College of Teaching and Leadership and commenced January 2013. It is designed for secondary teachers (with QTS) who do not have sufficient subject knowledge to teach up to and including current GCSE Higher Level Mathematics. Teachers enrolled on this course can also enroll for the online masters programme at reduced rates.

CIMT’s Masters programme forms part of Plymouth University’s International Masters Programme (IMP), details of which can be found at and is based around four possible modules.

MEMA522: Innovations through lesson study – Teaching through Problem Solving

MEMA523: Innovations through lesson study – Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Understanding.

We do also offer the following modules

MEMA519: Teaching Mathematical Foundations, Applications and Enrichment

MEMA520 Effective Mathematics Teaching

For further details on the modules click here

For an explanation of the awards and assessment criteria click here

For a suggested route and time line for your award click here