Why study at Roehampton

  • Course provides ideal preparation for a PhD or working in a primate-related field
  • Provide you with the opportunity to carry out a substantial research project at field sites in the UK or overseas
  • Many MRes students publish their work in international scientific journals
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)
  • We are also the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Roehampton's expert staff team have well-established links with a number of leading institutions and field sites, such as the German Primate Centre, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Gashaka Primate Project Nigeria, Trentham Monkey Forest, and Berenty Reserve Madagascar.

This course combines theoretical investigation with fieldwork and laboratory work on a range of topics in primatology. You will learn about the biology, behaviour and conservation of primates, and about the theory and practice of primatological research. After the first semester, the emphasis will be on independent study, with all students undertaking a substantial piece of original research.

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Key areas of study

The course will enable you to focus on a diverse range of areas and will provide you with the skills to build a successful career. Recent examples of topics covered include:

  • ecology and behaviour: methods used in surveying and gathering biological information, methods of recording behaviour in the field
  • social behaviour and cognition: the evolution of social systems, social networks, primate cognition
  • conservation: habitat change, human–wildlife conflict, bushmeat
  • life-history evolution: allometry, reproductive life history variables, comparative analysis of life-history and brain size evolution
  • reproduction: laboratory techniques for gathering data and analysing reproductive hormone data in wild and captive primates; the evolution of mating strategies
  • 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 (eg locomotion, sensory systems); phylogenetic reconstructions and interpretations of adaptations.
Research areas

Staff research interests encompass a broad range of topics in primate biology, behaviour and conservation. Specific research areas include primate socioecology, communication, physiological ecology, cognition, social organisation, morphology and palaeoanthropology. Staff also have ongoing research on human–primate interactions and conflict, the theory and method of phylogenetic inference, cranial morphology and morphometrics.

Example modules

  • Primatology: Theory and Practice
  • Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation
  • Research Methods

Career options

Careers in animal welfare groups or agencies, zoos, parks, conservation projects, research institutions or environmental and animal charities; in roles such as primate researcher, conservation biologist and ecologist.




Number of credits


Specific entry requirements »

Postgraduate entry requirements »


Life Sciences »


1 year (full-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

£7,200 (2016; full-time UK/EU)

£13,000 (2016; full-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Programme outline

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Further information

Professor Stuart Semple »
Email: s.semple@roehampton.ac.uk »
Tel: +44(0)20 8392 3528

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