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Primate Conservation - Apes in the Anthropocene
MSc or PGDip or PGCert
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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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.
Financial support and scholarships
There are 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:
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.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.