Primate Conservation - Apes in the Anthropocene
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Our MSc Primate Conservation - Apes in the Anthropocene course is ideal for students with a particular interest in great apes and gibbons. It is a pioneering programme providing scientific and professional training and accreditation to conservation scientists.
The course covers the challenges and research opportunities around Apes in the Anthropocene. This includes a tailored module allowing you to focus on your chosen topic within conservation, ecology and cognition.
Coursework is innovative and varied. It will provide you with direct training to work in conservation or ecology as a practitioner, advocate or academic.
You'll work with international scholars in primatology, biological anthropology and primate conservation. And gain the experience to research great apes and gibbons, and where relevant, to enact positive change.
You will benefit from our links with organisations and NGOs relating to apes, which include:
- the Jane Goodall Institute
- Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
- Sumatran Orangutan Society
- Fauna and Flora International
- Conservation International.
How to apply
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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You may have the opportunity to visit a zoo or animal sanctuary in the UK or mainland Europe.
UK field trip
|You will have the opportunity to visit a Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall||Typically £0|
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences believes strongly in the importance of making a difference to the world of our students, and in the ability and potential of our students to make a difference in the world. The Dean's Scholarship is one small way in which we make that belief tangible. Please click on the link above to find out more.
There are also opportunities to apply for a scholarship which covers the fees for a student from a primate habitat country. Applicants must indicate on their application that they would like to be considered for this scholarship.
Because of the urgent need for the study of conservation, some private agencies offer scholarships with very particular eligibility criteria relating to gender, age, nationality, and domicile. Ask your local librarian for a guide to funding within your country. You could also try the following agencies:
All financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
The course consists of:
- two compulsory modules
- four elective modules
- the final MSc Primate Conservation project.
Full-time students take three modules per semester plus the final project. The course lasts one year.
Part-time students take two modules in Semester 1 of Year 1, and one module in Semester 2 of Year 1 (vice versa in Year 2), plus the final project. The course takes two years.
The course starts with an induction session. Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays for ten weeks (but this may be subject to change in the future).
Our vibrant research culture is driven by a thriving and collaborative community of academic staff and doctoral students.
Our Research clusters include:
- theNocturnal Primate Research Group (NPRG)
- Environment Research Group
- the Oxford Wildlife Trade Research Group (OWTRG)
- the Europe Japan Research Centre
- the Human Origins and Palaeoenvironments.
Research in the department is carried out in the following areas:
- anthropology of art
- anthropology of food
- anthropology of globalisation
- anthropology of Japan
- Basque studies
- culture and landscapes
- environmental archaeology and paleo-anthropology
- environmental anthropology
- environmental reconstruction
- human origins
- human resource ecology
- human–wildlife interaction and conservation
- organisational anthropology
- physical environmental processes and management
- primate conservation
- quaternary environmental change
- social anthropology of South Asia and Europe
- urban and environmental studies
- wildlife trade.
Find out more by browsing our staff profiles.
After you graduate
You will be joining a supportive global network of former students working across all areas of conservation in organisations from the BBC Natural History Unit through to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Graduates work in roles from keeper and education officer in zoos across the UK and North America to paid researchers at institutes of higher education. Many of our students have even gone on to run their own conservation-related NGOs.
Typically about ten to twenty percent of our MSc graduates continue their studies by enrolling on a PhD programme in the UK or abroad.