Taught course

Primate Conservation

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You will normally be required to have an honours degree in anthropology, biology, ecology, psychology or a related discipline. If you are not a graduate, or if you have graduated in an unrelated discipline, you will be considered for entry to the course if you can demonstrate in your application that you are able to work at an advanced level in the discipline. Transfer between part-time and full-time modes, transfer from the diploma to the MSc, or deferral of study may be possible in certain circumstances at the discretion of the examination committee.

Months of entry


Course content

The course runs for one year for full-time students and for two years for part-time students. The break periods are used to work on the final research project. If you register on the MSc in Primate Conservation you will take the six taught modules mentioned below and the final research project. If you register on the PGDip in Primate Conservation you will take six taught modules but not the final research project. A PGCert in Primate Conservation is awarded upon successful completion of three taught modules.

Taught modules:

Primate Conservation and Diversity;
People-Primate Interactions;
Primate Conservation;
Genetics and Population Management;
Captive Management and Rehabilitation;
Conservation Education;

NB - As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Students are encouraged to build on their strengths and interests throughout the course, culminating in the production of a Final Research Project that has a tangible outcome of use to the broader public and conservation community.

All projects are accompanied by a written component to integrate and explain the work and this may sometimes be in the form of a traditional thesis.

Students will be encouraged to produce work that has a lasting impact. Examples include the production of a film or exhibition, one or more articles/chapters for publication, a broadcasting project, an education handbook, web-based materials or design of a practical project relating to primate conservation (e.g. eco-tourism, habitat management or conservation education).

Information for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any skill. Please see the university's standard English language requirements

Fees and funding

Primate habitat country scholarships are available from Oxford Brookes. Some private agencies offer scholarships with specific eligibility criteria. Or contact:
Conservation Leadership Programme
Charlotte Conservation Fellows Program
Russel E Train Education for Nature Program Fellowship
TWOWS Postgraduate Training Fellowship
Martha J Galante Award

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


part time
8 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 484901