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I do not find a clear answer in internet, whether I should use in or on:

he had a broad education in or on maths and history

Could you help to choose the preposition? (perhaps both are right :))

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    Your fragment doesn't sound like a likely sequence to me.Can you give a more complete context and intended meaning? Google Books records no instances of the education is on history (or the same with in). I won't bother searching for the same for maths (which would normally be math in AmE), but I'm sure it won't be much different. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 11 '16 at 14:00
  • You are right, I just tried to make the sentence as short as possible. I think know you see more the context. By the way, yes, of course, maths is in BrE. :) – loved.by.Jesus Mar 11 '16 at 14:33
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    My first impression is that maths and history hardly counts as a "broad" education, and personally I simply wouldn't be likely to use your phrasing anyway (though I might well say he had a broad education including maths and history). But the short answer is that if you insist on getting a preposition in there, it would almost always be in. Compare Google Books results for an education in science (about 9400 hits) to one single hit for the same with on. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 11 '16 at 15:30
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    Ok. Thanks for your time. I will keep in in my text. Obviously I am not a native speaker, but putting including there feels unsuitable to me. – loved.by.Jesus Mar 11 '16 at 16:04
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Definitely not on. In is a good choice since education in your example seems to be institutional education. As in

Education in Math, Science and Technology

About is also possible although it implies general knowledge and is more commonly used after educated.

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    Yeah, I think you got the point of my question. It referred to the education received in a certain institution, e.g., university – loved.by.Jesus Mar 29 '16 at 13:28

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