Research course

Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation

University of Roehampton · Department of Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applications are invited from students with a 2:1 or higher (or international equivalent) in a related subject. Related subjects include Biology, Anthropology, Zoology, Psychology, Conservation Biology, Environment Sciences. Other related programmes may be considered.

Applicants with a 2:2 in a relevant subject and more than 2 years relevant work experience will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain the skills required to carry out theoretical and field research in primatology to advance in your career or further study.

Primatology is a discipline that has its roots in anatomy, biology, anthropology and psychology. This programme covers a comprehensive range of topics within primatology and combines theoretical investigation with fieldwork and laboratory sessions. It also offers intensive training in research methods and statistics.

You will begin the year by studying an in-depth range of topics in primatology, as well as learning the theory and practice of primatological research. Recent examples of topics covered include social behaviour, cognition, endocrinology, ranging and habitat use, social networks, human-wildlife conflict, morphology and brain size evolution.

After your first semester, the emphasis will be on independent study, where you will be undertaking a substantial piece of original research. You will develop your intellectual, practical and analytical skills to devise a viable project proposal. You will carry out your project and produce a paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal and a press release to promote your project's findings. Many of our graduates have subsequently published their work in international journals such as Biology Letters, American Journal of Primatology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Animal Behaviour and Biological Conservation.

Field work lasts for three months, usually from March to May. You will have the support of your supervisor in arranging data collection for your research project. In the laboratory, students have used geographic information systems to explore ranging behaviour, analysed parasites from wild primates and performed non-invasive hormone analysis.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 8392 3000