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Professional Doctorate in Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation - MRes

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Why study at Roehampton

  • The course offers an opportunity to carry out a substantial research project in primatology, and is an ideal qualification for those wishing to pursue a PhD in this field.
  • Many MRes students publish their dissertation research in international scientific journals.
  • We have well established networks with field sites such as Gashaka Primate Project (Nigeria), Berenty Reserve (Madagascar) and Trentham Monkey Forest (UK).
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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 including the Zoological Society of London , German Primate Centre, Gashaka Primate Project (Nigeria), Trentham Monkey Forest (UK), and Berenty Reserve (Madagascar).

You will be taught by leading experts in the field who carry out their own world-leading research.


You will begin the year by studying an in-depth a range of topics in primatology, as well as learning the theory and practice of primatological research. 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 both a dissertation and a paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Many of our graduates have subsequently published their work in international journals such as Biology LettersAmerican Journal of PrimatologyInternational Journal of PrimatologyAnimal Behaviour and Biological Conservation.

Students’ 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.


  • Primatology: Theory and Practice
  • Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation
  • Research Methods in Biology

Career options

Careers in conservation projects, research institutions, animal welfare groups or agencies, zoos, parks, environmental and animal charities; in roles such as researcher, conservation biologist and ecologist.

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(Student Profile)

Jackie Ellis

481.JPG “There aren’t many Primatology programmes available around the world, but there are three in the UK. I applied and was accepted to all of them, but I chose Roehampton because of the personal attention I received from the professors before even enrolling. I figured if they were that hands-on before the course even started, just imagine how helpful they would be during the course!”
- Jackie Ellis, MRes Primatology student from Hamilton, Canada

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Lisa Reamer

482.JPG “Each week the course puts on a seminar where professionals in the field come to give a talk on their current research. It’s a great way to make contacts and it’s really exciting to meet influential people in the field, people whose work I’ve been reading for years.”
- Lisa Reamer, MRes Primatology student from Ohio, US

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Entry Requirements

Candidates should normally hold a good second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in biological sciences or anthropology (if biological anthropology is a part of the degree). Students with degrees in related subjects such as environmental sciences or psychology will also be considered.

Applicants without the above first degree qualification will require evidence of practice in primatology and/or may be required to submit a portfolio which demonstrates their academic potential and knowledge of fundamental biological principles.

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