Harry Hilser

MSc Primate Conservation

Harry Hilser

I have learnt an incredible amount about the current threat status of the world’s primates, the interactions that we as humans have with them and methods to study and protect them

Harry Hilser graduated from Plymouth University with a BSc Biological Sciences, and sought to further his experience in conservation and primatology. He is now studying for an MSc in Primate Conservation.

I have always been passionate about primates, and conscious of the plight of their loss and diminishing habitats. When I discovered that such a specialist course was available I jumped at the opportunity to obtain a place. The MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes offers a world-renowned course taught by respected academics with a vast amount of experience and an unprecedented contact network.

I have learnt an incredible amount about the current threat status of the world’s primates, the interactions that we as humans have with them and methods to study and protect them. I particularly like the passion and enthusiasm that is presented from the lecturers and guest speakers, and the encouragement to express our ideas and thoughts on the subject and ways to achieve conservation goals.

The course is quite demanding and develops advanced writing skills, time organisation, connecting groups and individuals, debating, and producing independent research, all of which are attractive to potential employers. Every staff member offers their own unique, very different teaching style and opinions and their own novel approach to conservation. This creates a diverse and varied atmosphere, with their full support and guidance helping you to get the most from the experience.

I aim to become actively involved in a long-term conservation project in Indonesia seeking to raise awareness and increase our understanding of primates, and ultimately to connect charities, organisations and government bodies to combine efforts in order to maximise effectiveness in tackling the challenges of deforestation and biodiversity loss.

I couldn’t give a higher recommendation for the MSc in Primate Conservation to anyone thinking of pursuing a career in primatology, conservation or anthropology. It is not only an incredible foothold to your future career prospects, but also a great place to meet like-minded individuals and to learn from the best.

Living in Oxford is a great experience. The city offers a wealth of heritage, culture and entertainment, within a beautiful array of architectural masterpieces. There are many top quality places to eat and drink, more museums than you could ever need and the beautiful Cotswolds and surrounding countryside are just a stone’s throw away.