MSc Primate Conservation Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University
Entering its 17th year, the MSc Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom is the first course of its kind to give students a thorough training in combating the processes leading to the extinction of primates and remains the world's only course to focus on conservation biology with primates as a model, with every member of staff actively engaged in conservation research. The course was not only recognised for its excellence through receipt in 2008 of the highly competitive Queen's Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher Education, but several of our alumni have now gone on to win the highly prestigious Whitley Award for Conservation, and numerous others run world-leading charities and NGOs with conservation focus. This multi-disciplinary course provides training for students wanting to enter a career in primate conservation in a number of capacities: field worker, zoo or rescue centre, reintroduction centre, museum work, lab work, environmental education, and preparation for the PhD.
Students are taught six modules in two semesters from September to April. Modules include: Conservation Education; Primate Conservation and Biogeography; Research Methods and Statistics; People Primate Interactions; Primate Conservation Genetics; Captive Management and Rehabilitation. April to the following September are dedicated to a final project based on original research, with the aim of publishing the results in one or more professional journals, presenting them at scientific meetings, and/or disseminating them at local level for effective conservation.
In addition, we run a weekly seminar series with conservation speakers from around the globe. We have an in-house conservation lab with access to computer programs essential to conservation and a range of articles and pdfs; a sound analysis lab; a wet lab dedicated to hormone analysis and parasite work; access to the primate collections of the University of Oxford Natural History Museum, where internships in museum curation are also available; a loan out system for field equipment. Students also produce an in-house journal, Canopy, twice each year, which is now recognised with an international IBAN number. Site visits to zoos in the Netherlands, Cornwall, Primate Society of Great Britain meetings and to hear speakers and participate in volunteer events are part of the course.
Detailed information about our course is available on our web site.
A UK honours degree or other country equivalent (BA/BSc) in ecology, conservation, anthropology, primatology, psychology or a related discipline is recommended.
In many cases, a large amount of experience working in primate conservation will greatly supplement an unrelated degree.
Most students will have some form of conservation, animal or primate experience. This may be working with animals (zoo, vet, horses, lab), having studied animals (written a dissertation), or volunteered for a zoo or conservation organisation (Jane Goodall Institute, EarthWatch). Many students will have overseas experience with wildlife in native habitats.
The course is taught in English and students will be expected to have a good knowledge of written and spoken English.
Tuition / Fees:
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see our web site for scholarships
Support (scholarships, travel):
Please see our web site for information on this scholarship as well as additional scholarships from non-Brookes organisations.
Start + End Dates:
Start in September 2016, end September 2017 (runs each academic year)
We are still accepting applications for next academic year, but encourage international students to apply before June due to visa regulations.
Prof Anna Nekaris, course tutor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Unit of Anthropology and Geography
Oxford, OXON OX3 0BP
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