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MRes Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation

Educational Organization:
Roehampton University, London, UK

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Program Description:
This Masters in Research (MRes) will give you a unique opportunity to study primate biology, behaviour and conservation in depth and will provide you with the skills needed to carry out research in primatology. The MRes 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. 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. hormonal analyses), on animals in captive collections (the University does not hold captive animals) or free-ranging animals. Students will be offered a range of projects by University staff, who have well established links with a number of institutions and field 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.

Many MRes students publish the results of their research projects in prestigious international journals. Recent examples include (student is the first author in each case):

Heesen R, Hobaiter C, Ferrer-i-Cancho R and Semple, S (2019) Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences 286, 20182900

Rosenfield KA, Semple S, Georgiev AV, Maestripieri D, Higham JP, Dubuc C (2019) Experimental evidence that female rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) perceive variation in male facial masculinity. Royal Society Open Science 6, 181415.

Berthier J and Semple S (2018) Observing grooming promotes affiliation in Barbary macaques. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences 285,

Maijer A and Semple S (2015) Investigating potential effects of the contraceptive Implanon on the behaviour of free-ranging adult female Barbary macaques. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

Iwanicki S and Lehmann J (2015): Personality in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): Validity, factor structure, and cross-species comparisons. Journal of Comparative Psychology Vol 129(3), 205-217.

Faulkner SC, Stevenson MD, Verity R, Mustari AH, Semple S, Tosh DG, Le Comber SC (2015) Using geographic profiling to locate elusive nocturnal animals: a case study with spectral tarsiers. Journal of Zoology 295, 261-26

Entrance Qualifications:
Candidates should normally hold a minimum of a U.K. upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent for EU/overseas students) in biological sciences or a related area with sufficient biological anthropology. Please contact us for advice if you are not sure whether your qualifications are sufficient.

Tuition / Fees:
Please follow the Fees link on this page for up to date costs:

Support (scholarships, travel):
See the Roehampton University webpage for details of scholarships available to international students:

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Application Deadline:
We have limited places on the course, so please contact Prof Stuart Semple ( if you are interested in applying, to register interest. Usually, we review applications in June; applications after that may be considered, depending on availability of places.

Contact Information:
Prof Stuart Semple
Department of Life Sciences, Holybourne Avenue
London SW15 4JD
United Kingdom


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