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MSc Primate Conservation Oxford Brookes University

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Oxford Brookes University

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Program Description:
Entering its 14th 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. Recognised for its excellence through receipt in 2008 of the highly competitive Queen's Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher Education, 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. 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.

Entrance Qualifications:
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:
See this web site for updated fees
see our web site for scholarships

Support (scholarships, travel):
For 2014-2015, we have one full tuition scholarship available for students of primate range countries. For this scholarship, you are expected to either base your research in your home country, or use the time to conduct a lab, zoo or desk-based study in Europe. You need to provide proof that you can pay your living expenses. Please see our web site for additional scholarships for living expenses from non-Brookes organisations.

Start + End Dates:
Start in September 2014, end September 2015

Application Deadline:
Applications are considered throughout the year. Habitat country scholars must apply before 31st March to be considered for scholarships. Please see our web site for other scholarship deadlines.


Contact Information:
Prof Anna Nekaris, course tutor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Unit of Anthropology and Geography
Oxford, OXON OX3 0BP
United Kingdom

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