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Postgraduate Degree in Primate Conservation - Masters by Research, MPhil, PhD

Educational Organization:
Oxford Brookes University

Date Posted:

Program Description:
Oxford Brookes University is the world leader providing training to students interested in a career in primate conservation, as well as other taxa as diverse as eagles, civets, pangolins, rhinos, elephants, wild boar and threatened tropical hard woods. We are currently accepting applications for MRes, MPhil or PhD in the areas of Illegal Wildlife Trade; Lemurs, Lorises and Nocturnal Mammals; The human primate interface. Students enrolling on these degrees complete an independent research project by undertaking a Masters by Research, an MPhil, or a PhD through the Department of Anthropology and Geography. For some courses (MRes), students are required to undertake three relevant modules; for MPhil, MRes and PhD, research students have the option to sit in on relevant lectures in the taught MSc Primate Conservation modules (see ad on this web site or the web link below), to attend weekly seminar series in Primate Conservation, and to attend twice-monthly meetings of our Primate Forum and Environmental Discussion groups, both of which fall under the remit of the Anthropology Centre for Conservation, Environment and Development. Our taught MRes features three unique pathways - Apes and the Anthropocene, Lemurs and Nocturnal Primates, and Human Wildlife Interactions. Each of these MRes pathways will be accompanied by one semester of three modules, leading to a nine month research project.

In general but not exclusively, research students will fall under the remit of one of our research groups: Nocturnal Primate Research Group (established for more than 40 years, including studies on nocturnal primates and mammals from all regions -- ecology, behaviour, taxonomy, conservation), Wildlife Trade Research Group (including studies on pet, medicinal and bushmeat trade, and the impact of trade, including reintroduction studies), and the People Animals Interactions Research Group (focussing mainly on human dimensions of crop raiding). Students also have the opportunity to obtain a certificate in teaching higher education.

Postgraduate students in Primate Conservation have access to our primate conservation computer lab, sound analysis laboratory, wet lab for undertaking hormonal, genetics or parasite studies, and access to a computer workstation in a large open plan office dedicated to postgraduate research students in the School of Social Sciences and Law. Specific courses regarding research methods and statistics are also offered, as are yearly University research conferences.

Entrance Qualifications:
A good honours degree in Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Psychology, Animal Husbandry or related discipline (although students with 2.i equivalent may be considered) or an MA/MSc in one of these disciplines. The prospective student should contact the member of staff with whom they would like to work with a research concept, and develop a research proposal.

Tuition / Fees:
A link to current fees is

Support (scholarships, travel):
Scholarships are occasionally available;

Start + End Dates:
Masters by Research - one year; MPhil - two years; PhD - three years (these times are based on full-time study); all degrees usually have September or January start time

Application Deadline:
none but applicants should allow at least 1 month between our confirmation of receipt of their application and hearing the outcome.

Contact Information:
Anna Nekaris
Gipsy Lane Campus, Headington, Oxford Brookes University, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Oxford OX3 0BP
United Kingdom

Telephone Number:
+44 (0)1865 483 763

Fax Number:
+44 (0)1865 483 937


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