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Master of Science (Mathematics for Educators)

  • The programme will be opened for the August 2020 intake. Application period is from 11 November 2019 – 10 January 2020. Click here for more details.

    Click here for the application details for January 2021 intake.

  • The Master of Science (Mathematics for Educators) is designed to cater to the professional needs of mathematics educators.

    The programme emphasises the acquisition of wide and in-depth content knowledge in mathematics as well as its linkage to mathematics teaching. You will have the opportunity to study courses in different areas of mathematics, conducted by active working mathematicians, many of them holding a qualification in teaching of mathematics.

    A strong mastery of mathematics will enable educators to teach better and to promote higher order thinking among students in the learning of mathematics. Mathematics specialists in education institutes will also benefit from this programme because a good understanding of mathematics is crucial for handling various tasks related to mathematics education, such as the design of contemporary and rigorous curriculum, assessment of mathematics learning, and development of teaching resources.

    Level 1 courses will deal with the teaching of selected topics in tandem with the mathematics content. Level 2 courses enable you to develop further expertise in a number of areas of your choice. The core course, Mathematics Inquiry, will provide you with the opportunity to examine the current research in an area of modern mathematics.

    The programme is open to graduates in Mathematics as well as graduates in non-Mathematics disciplines, who have a strong mathematics background to pursue a study of mathematics at the Master's level.

    • Bachelor of Science with Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, or
    • Bachelor of Science degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, with at least one year of professional working experience

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

  • The programme offers a range of courses that will broaden and deepen the candidate’s mathematical content knowledge. It will also provide opportunities for candidates to traverse the boundaries of mathematical research.

    You are required to complete 8 courses comprising:

    • 1 core course (MSM900 Mathematical Research Methods)
    • 7 specialisation elective courses, with at most three at Foundation level

    Core (MSM900 Mathematical Research Methods)

    Electives

    Elective Courses in this programme are organised along five strands:

    • Analysis-Geometry
    • Algebra-Number Theory
    • Discrete Mathematics
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Statistics

    Elective Courses

    Level

    Analysis-Geometry strand

    Algebra-Number Theory strand

    Discrete  Mathematics strand

    Applied 
    Mathematics 
    strand

    Statistics strand

    Foundation

    MSM910 Calculus and Analysis for Educators

    MSM911 Ring Theory for Educators

    MSM912 Discrete Mathematics for Educators

    MSM913 Computing and Programming Techniques for Educators

    MSM914 Statistical Theory for Educators

    Advanced

    MSM921 Real Analysis

    MSM922 Theory and Applications of Differential Equations

    MSM923 Topology

    MSM924 Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometry

    MSM925 Contemporary topics in Analysis, Geometry and Topology

    MSM931 Number Theory

    MSM932 Commutative Ring Theory

    MSM933 Topics in Applied Algebra

    MSM934 Group Theory

    MSM935 Contemporary topics in Algebra and Number Theory

    MSM941 Selected Topics in Graph Theory

    MSM942 Algorithms and Applications in Graph Theory

    MSM951 Numerical Mathematics and Applications

    MSM952 Large Scale Systems in Operations Research

    MSM953 Contemporary topics in Applied Mathematics

    MSM954 Models of Computation

    MSM961 Multiple Linear Regression

    MSM962 Multivariate Methods

    MSM970 Mathematical Inquiry

    Pre-requisites for Advanced Level courses

    Advanced Level courses may require the candidate to have completed a Foundation Level course as pre-requisite. 

     

    Advanced Level Courses

    Pre-requisite Foundation Level Courses or equivalent

    Non-mandatory preferences

    Analysis-Geometry Strand

    MSM921 Real Analysis

    MSM910 Calculus and Analysis for Educators

     

    MSM922 Theory and Applications of Differential Equations

    MSM910 Calculus and Analysis for Educators

     

    MSM923 Topology

    MSM910 Calculus and Analysis for Educators

    Set Theory at undergraduate level

    Algebra-Number Theory Strand

    MSM931 Number Theory

    MSM911 Ring Theory for Educators

     

    MSM932 Commutative Ring Theory

    MSM911 Ring Theory for Educators

     

    MSM933 Topics in Applied Algebra

    Linear Algebra or Matrix Algebra at undergraduate level

     

    MSM934 Group Theory

    MSM911 Ring Theory for Educators

     

    Discrete Mathematics Strand

    MSM941 Selected Topics in Graph Theory

    MSM912 Discrete Mathematics for 
    Educators

     

    MSM942 Algorithms and Applications in Graph Theory

    MSM912 Discrete Mathematics for 
    Educators

     

    Applied Mathematics Strand

    MSM951 Numerical Mathematics and Applications

     

     

    MSM954 Models of Computation

    MSM913 Computing and Programming Techniques for Educators

     

    Statistics Strand

    MSM961 Multiple Linear Regression

    MSM914 Statistical Theory for Educators

    Matrix Algebra at undergraduate level

    Linear Regression and Linear Algebra at undergraduate level

    MSM962 Multivariate Methods

    MSM914 Statistical Theory for Educators

    Matrix Algebra at undergraduate level

    Linear Regression and Linear Algebra at undergraduate level

    Research Elective

    MSM970 Mathematical Inquiry

    MSM900 Mathematical Research Methods

     

    Waiver of Pre-requisites

    A student who had completed relevant undergraduate courses may apply through Office of Academic Administration and Services (before registration) for “waiver of pre-requisite”, i.e., waiver of the Foundational level course required as pre-requisite for an Advanced level course(s).  Students who successfully obtain a “waiver of pre-requisite” must still fulfil the programme requirement of completing the core course plus seven elective courses.

    Advanced level course(s)

    Foundation level course required as pre-requisite to Advanced level course(s)

    Eligibility for “waiver of pre-requisite” based on a prior completion of the following relevant undergraduate courses or their equivalent

    MSM921, MSM922, MSM923

    MSM910

    AAM20B Calculus II and AAM33D Real Analysis

    MSM931, MSM932, MSM934

    MSM911

    AAM33E Modern Algebra

    MSM941, MSM942

    MSM912

    AAM33J Combinatorial Analysis and AAM43J Graph Theory

    MSM954

    MSM913

    Introductory programming course in either C, Java, Basic, etc., at undergraduate level

    MSM961, MSM962

    MSM914

    AAM33H Statistics III and AAM43B Statistical Theory

    While certain advanced courses specifically require a student to have completed and passed the foundation course within the given strand, there are others that require additional pre-requisite(s) or preferred background knowledge which are spelt out clearly in the attached course descriptions, where applicable.  When reading advanced courses, students at graduate level are expected to exercise academic independence in the acquisition of additional prior knowledge if they have not possessed such.

    Click here for Course Descriptions

    Important note for matriculated students: 
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

  • The Master of Science (Mathematics for Educators) is offered on both full-time and part-time basis.

    The candidature periods are as follows:

    Full-time

    Minimum

    1 year

    Maximum

    3 years

    Part-time

    Minimum

    2 years

    Maximum

    4 years

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There are generally two intakes a year (January and August). You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June and November/December to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on application details can be found here.

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