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Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation MRes

Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation MRes

Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Wildlife Conservation / Protection Biology (General) Animal Psychology / Behaviour Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Embark on an incredible journey with a course that focuses on studying the biology, behaviour and conservation of primates. You will gain the skills required to carry out theoretical and field research in primatology, to advance your career or further study.

Primatology is a discipline that has its roots in anatomy, biology, anthropology and psychology. This course 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.

Recent examples of topics covered include social behaviour, cognition, endocrinology, ranging and habitat use, social networks, human-wildlife conflict, morphology and brain size evolution.

The University of Roehampton has established networks with leading institutions and field sites around the world and in the UK.

Career options

Past students have gone on to successful careers in:

  • conservation projects
  • research institutions
  • animal welfare groups or agencies
  • zoos and parks
  • environmental and animal charities.

These careers involve roles such as scientific researcher, conservation biologist and ecologist, and also in areas such as fundraising, communication and outreach.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The purpose of this course is to equip students with the skills necessary to design a scientifically sound research project and to analyse data appropriately. Students will need these skills to successfully complete their MRes research project. They are also essential skills for any primatologist and, more broadly, any biology researcher and practitioner. The course will use lectures to explain the principles of project design and data analysis. It will then use mainly computer-based practicals to allow the students to practice and develop these skills. Assessment will be by two Moodle tests, one after each of the two teaching blocks, and to be completed by students within one week.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more