Dr Peter Mtika

Dr Peter Mtika
Dr Peter Mtika

Dr Peter Mtika

PhD (Nottingham); MA (Sussex); B.Ed (Malawi)

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs



I joined the University of Aberdeen in October 2008, initially as a Research Fellow in Education on the Scottish Teachers for a New Era (STNE) project. I was subsequently appointed as a Lecturer in 2011. I secured promotion to Senior Lecturer in August, 2018.

Before coming to Aberdeen, I spent time as Staff Associate and Lecturer in Education at the University of Malawi(2001-2004). I also taught at secondary level in Malawi (English and History) from 2000 to -2001.

I studied for my PhD at the University of Nottingham - Jubilee Campus - and graduated in July, 2008. My PhD research focused on: “Teaching practice as a component of teacher education: a socio-cultural activity theory”. I completed my MA in International Education (Teacher Education and Gender and Education) at the University of Sussex in 2003. I qualified as a secondary school teacher from the University of Malawi in 2000 (Bachelor Of Education - Humanities).


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Programme Director

Master of Education (Professional Education)

Course Coordinator

Sustainable International Development


Arts, Social Sciences and Business Ethics Committee

School of Education Ethics Officer


Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Research Outputs Lead

External Memberships

External Examiner

University of Rwanda, College of Education - Postgraduate programme (MSc)

Lilongwe University of Agricuture and Natural Resources - Postgraduate programme (MSc)


Research Grant Peer Reviewer

ESRC (2016 - ongoing)

British Academy (2019 - ongoing)


Journal Manuscript Reviewer

Teaching and Teacher Education

Journal of Education for Teaching

International Journal of Educational Development

European Journal of Teacher Education

Africa Education Review

Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education

Cambridge Journal of Education

Higher Education


Membership of Professional and other bodies:

British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE)


Research Overview

My main research interest is in the broad area of international education and development, and teacher education research, practice and policy with a focus on social justice, inclusion, and equity.  


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Education.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Current Research

Equitable access to primary education in Malawi and Ghana

Adult literacy education in Rwanda

Educational inclusion in rural parts of Cambodia

Teacher Preparation in the Context of Poverty in Scotland


I am collaborating with colleagues at the University of Rwanda - College of Education, Three Teacher Training Colleges in Western Province (Rwanda) and Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) in implementing an adult literacy project in Western Rwanda. The project is informed by a social practices approach to build the capacity of the Rwandan education sector to respond to the needs of adult learners. The project is funded by the Scottish Government (£1,191,795)(2017 - 2022).


Funding and Grants

  • Improving the academic attainment of children in disadvantaged schools in Malawi: the role of school-community engagement and provision of radio-based instruction. £8880.00.  Funded by the University of Aberdeen Internal GCRF Grant. (2020 - 2021).  (PI)
  • Attainment Challenge Project: Developing pedagogies that work for Pre-service and Early Career Teachers to reduce the Attainment Gap in Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Well-being. £50,000. Funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Council of the Deans of Education (SCDE). (2019 - 2021). (With Archie Graham, Dean Robson, Lindsay MacDougall).
  • Educational inclusion and professional development in rural school settings in the province of Battambang, Cambodia. This project aims to enhance quality of teaching, children's school experiences and outcomes (initial funding £6,600, second funding £9,990, third funding £2848 (Funded by the University of Aberdeen Internal GCRF Grant). (2018 - 2021). (With Dr Jackie Ravet).
  • This project aims to address the identified challenges in adult literacy in Western Rwanda. The project is a collaboration with the University of Rwanda - College of Education, three teacher training colleges and Institute for Policy Analysis and Research. £1,191,795 (Funded by the Scottish Government) (2017 - 2022).(With Prof Pamela Abbott and Dr Aileen Ackland) 
  • Evaluation of the Malawi M.Ed Primary Project within the Malawi Development Programme £7,500 (Funded by the University of Strathclyde) (2015 - 2017) (PI).
  • Evaluation of the Bridge to Employment Project in Scotland (Livingston and Inverness Sites) £21,604 (Funded by the Academy for Educational Development) (2010 - 2011) (PI/Researcher).

Teaching Responsibilities


I teach on the following courses or programmes

  • Sustainable international development
  • Research methods for professional learning
  • PGDE and MA (Honours) Education

PhD Supervision

Samuel Oppong-Frimpong An investigation into the quality of early childhood education provision in Ghana, through the use of interaction (Completed)(Co-supervor - Prof Donald Gray).

Maxwell Kwesi Nyatsikor Connecting the Ghanaian Primary School Teacher Characteristics to Pupil Achievement in National Educational Assessment (Completed)(Co-supervisor - Dr Dean Robson).

Arkangelo Mtipe Yambeni An investigation of how students’ achievement during entrance examinations correlates with their actual academic achievement in higher education in Malawi using Domasi College of Education as a case (Completed)(Co-supervisor - Dr Dean Robson).

Assel Zhakim Children’s learning in the home environment in Kazakhstan (Completed)(Co-supervisor - Dr Dean Robson).

Laura Puhalak Equality of First Year Experiences in Initial Teacher Education from a Capabilities Perspective (On-going)(Co-supervisor - Dr Dean Robson).

Maisara Maisara Bringing the world into classroom: teacher for global education in post-conflict and post-Tsunami Aceh (On-going) (Co-supervisor - Dr Elizabeth Curtis).


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