Most universities that offer undergraduate courses in primatological subjects will offer similar research programmes at postgraduate level. Several universities offer specific courses that are focused on primatology:

Liverpool John Moores University

The MSc in Primate Behaviour and Conservation covers key topics in primate behaviour, welfare and conservation. It includes a subsidised taught field course at a primate field site (staff work at sites in Africa, Asia and South America). Other taught modules include UAV (drone) technology and scientific research methods. these will equipe you with the skills to run your own primate research project at any of a number of field sites around the world. You will learn the skills needed to engage in scientific research to publication standard and will be qualified to go on to study for a PhD or work in a wide range of sectors concerned with the behaviour, welfare and conservation of primates.

LJMU also runs the MSC Wildlife Conservation and UAV Technology. We specialize in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) in wildlife conservation because these are revolutionising conservation by providing us with new perspectives on animal distribution and animal habitats. This unique Masters course covers contemporary issues in wildlife conservation with a strong focus on providing you with a thorough theoretical understanding and the practical skills you will need to become a professional in this exciting field. 

Oxford Brookes University

The MSc in Primate Conservation programme has been running for more than a decade at Oxford Brookes, and was recently awarded the highly prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher Education. Modules include those in primate diversity, biogeography and status; people-primate interactions; primate conservation and genetics and population management.

Durham University

The Evolutionary Anthropology group at Durham includes several primatologists and hosts the International Journal of Primatology. They offer an MSc by Research in Biological Anthropology and a PhD in Biological Anthropology. For further information, please click here.


The University of Roehampton

Roehampton offers an MRes in Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation. The course is designed to teach you how to conduct original research, and to put your findings into a theoretical context. This will prepare you for more advanced research (e.g. a PhD) and for consultancy work. Since 2009, fourteen of our former MRes students have been awarded funded PhD positions. In addition, many have published the results of their research projects in prestigious international journals. The University of Roehampton has a very strong research record in primatology. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Roehampton was ranked the highest of those anthropology departments working on biological anthropology. In total, 80% of research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent, a higher percentage than any other anthropology department in the country.

The University of Kent

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent offers a MSc in Conservation and Primate Behaviour. DICE provides a unique learning environment focused on research-led teaching and on promoting student experience. It also offers a unique synergy between conservation and anthropology, a dynamic school community and excellence in teaching and research. This programme promotes an interdisciplinary approach and understanding of primate conservation issues. Students will have the opportunity to acquire a diverse sets of skills and knowledge across ecological, behavioural, and social methodologies and perspectives geared at achieving effective conservation management. This programme aims to highlight the benefits of incorporating an understanding of local human communities' experiences and knowledge and of primate behavioural and landscape ecology to foster successful conservation of non-human primates. This programme is relevant to the work of research institutions, international and national NGOs, consultancy firms and/or contractors, international agencies and donors. If interested, please apply online.

The University of Stirling

The University of Stirling offers an MSc in Human Animal Interactions. Whilst not directly focussed on primates, this degree will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and a diverse range of methods used to research our relationships with other species. This course will cover a broad range of topics and considers human-animal interactions across a diverse range of contexts from pet owning to animal assisted interventions, zoos, farms and conservation. Psychology at Stirling has a vibrant research culture, with many internationally renowned primatologists (including Professors Phyllis Lee and Hannah Buchanan-Smith, Drs Christine Caldwell and Sarah Vick). Students will become members of the Behaviour and Evolution research Group  (BERG) who meet up for weekly research seminars.

The University of St Andrews

The MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology provides advanced research training in a range of intellectual and practical skills associated with evolutionary and comparative approaches to the study of mind. On completion, students should be equipped with the necessary skills to facilitate research at MPhil or PhD level, and 67% of past course graduates have gone on into PhD research. The program provides a detailed knowledge of the evolutionary and comparative literature and principal theoretical and methodological issues in the field. In addition students also acquire the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in evolutionary psychology. A significant piece of independent research is undertaken in the final thesis, with potential opportunities to work at:

the Living Links Centre and Budongo Trail in Edinburgh Zoo,
the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center in Leipzig,
the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda,
the Taï Monkey Project in Ivory Coast and
the Inkawu Vervet Project in South Africa.

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