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Roehampton University, London
Primatology, MRes
(Established 2003)
Educational Program
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Director: Dr. Caroline Ross
Phone: + 44 (0)20 8392 3232   E-Mail:
Holybourne Avenue, London Sw15 4JD UNITED KINGDOM
Department: School of Human and Life Sciences
Institution: Roehampton University, London

Mission: This Masters in research will give you a unique opportunity to study primate biology in depth and will provide you with the skills needed to carry out research in primatology. The course is designed to teach you how to carry our 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. The programme will combine theoretical investigation with laboratory and fieldwork on a range of topics. You will carry out practical investigations in zoos and local habitats and learn how to interpret skeletal material. After the first semester the emphasis will be on independent study, with all students carrying out an in-depth piece of original research. This may be carried out using museum collections, the University laboratories (e.g. for nutritional or hormonal analyses), on animals in captive collections (the University does not hold captive animals) or on wild. Students will be offered a range of projects by University staff, who have well established links with a number of institutions and filed sites, but may also use their own contacts to find appropriate projects. All MRes students will produce a dissertation and a written paper in a form suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Key areas of study will include: Ecology and behaviour, Diet and foraging, Life-history evolution, Reproduction, Zoos and museums as a resource for the study of primates and the ethics of studying captive primates, Methods of analysing physical and behavioural adaptations , Phylogenetic reconstructions and interpretations of adaptations.

Principal Research Programs: Primate Socioecology, crop-raiding behaviour in baboons, human evolution, comparative endochrinology, life-history evolution.

Training Opportunities: BSc Programmes: Biological anthropology, Zoology, Biological Sciences, Conservation Biology Masters programmes: MRes Primatology, MSc Biodiversity and Conservation PhD opportunities in areas of staff expertise

Associated Field Sites: We carry out research at Gashaka Gumpti National Park, Nigeria (collaboration with University College London). We also have excellent links with a number of other field sites around the world. Our previous MRes students have worked at a range of other sites including: Berenty Reserve (Madagascar); Kibale National Park(Uganda); Budongo Forest Reserve (Uganda); Moholoholo Game Reserve (Republic of South Africa); Sebangau National Park (Central Kalimantan, Indonesia); Gibraltar; Cayo Santiago (Puerto Rico); La Montagne des Singes (France)

Comments: Entry requirements: Candidates should normally hold a minimum of a lower second-class Honours degree in biological sciences or an equivalent area with sufficient biology (candidates from overseas will be expected to have a good first degree). 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. All suitable applicants are interviewed (this may be by telephone for overseas applications). The University of Roehampton is an ideal place for this study has a biological anthropology research team of international standing, as shown by the RAE 2001 rating of 5. The Centre for Research in Evolutionary Anthropology, comprises staff who are also members of the Environment, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Research Cluster. All postgraduate students are also members of the Research Cluster, which provides an opportunity for discussion and support. Regular research seminars are held with speakers invited from other institutions and from within the School. Teaching quality is high, as shown by the QAA report for Biosciences which rated the subject area as being excellent for teaching and achieved a total score of 23/24. As well as our own laboratories, we also have the advantage of being well placed to use facilities in other London Institutions, such as the Zoological Society of London and the Museum of Natural History. Staff have a number of links with overseas field sites and experience of working on wild primates, as well as expertise in human and primate evolution, reproductive hormones and dietary analyses.

Last Updated: 2006-04-20

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