Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation Postgraduate degree

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Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation

Embark on an incredible journey with a programme that focuses on studying the biology, behaviour and conservation of primates.

Start Date:

September 2022

September 2023


1 year (full-time)

Degree Type:


Number of credits:

180 credits

Specific entry requirements

Applications are invited from students with a 2:1 or higher (or international equivalent) in a related subject. Related subjects include Biology, Anthropology, Zoology, Psychology, Conservation Biology, Environment Sciences. Other related programmes may be considered. 

Applicants with a 2:2 in a relevant subject and more than 2 years relevant work experience will be considered.

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Course and Module Details


Gain the skills required to carry out theoretical and field research in primatology to advance in your career or further study. 

Primatology is a discipline that has its roots in anatomy, biology, anthropology and psychology. This programme covers a comprehensive range of topics within primatology and combines theoretical investigation with fieldwork and laboratory sessions. It also offers intensive training in research methods and statistics. 

You will begin the year by studying an in-depth range of topics in primatology, as well as learning the theory and practice of primatological research. Recent examples of topics covered include social behaviour, cognition, endocrinology, ranging and habitat use, social networks, human-wildlife conflict, morphology and brain size evolution. 

After your first semester, the emphasis will be on independent study, where you will be undertaking a substantial piece of original research. You will develop your intellectual, practical and analytical skills to devise a viable project proposal. You will carry out your project and produce a paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal and a press release to promote your project's findings. Many of our graduates have subsequently published their work in international journals such as Biology Letters, American Journal of Primatology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Animal Behaviour and Biological Conservation. 

Field work lasts for three months, usually from March to May. You will have the support of your supervisor in arranging data collection for your research project. In the laboratory, students have used geographic information systems to explore ranging behaviour, analysed parasites from wild primates and performed non-invasive hormone analysis. 

The University of Roehampton has established networks with leading institutions and field sites around the world and in the UK. You will be taught by leading experts in the field who carry out their own world-leading research. You can also find more details on the course Twitter and Instagram pages. 



These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.

Indicative Timetable

Students on this course are normally in Thursday and Friday all day.

Contact us for further information.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£8,650 £15,750

Career Options

Past students have gone on to successful careers in: 

  • Conservation projects 
  • Research institutions 
  • Animal welfare groups or agencies 
  • Zoos and parks 
  • Environmental and animal charities. 

These careers involve roles such as scientific researcher, conservation biologist and ecologist, and also in areas such as fundraising, communication and outreach. 

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

You can apply now for any programme starting in April or September 2022.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Postgraduate application process FAQs


To apply, you need to complete our online application form.

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We have general entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Many of our courses also have specific entry requirements. You can find details of these, and the fees for individual courses, on our postgraduate course pages.

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We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.

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You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.

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Course Facilities

Image -  Access to our state-of-the-art facilities  
  As well as taught classes in our computer labs, you’ll spend time in our Zoology laboratories conducting research.   

Access to our state-of-the-art facilities 

As well as taught classes in our computer labs, you’ll spend time in our Zoology laboratories conducting research. 

Image -  Medieval skeleton collection  
  Spend time studying our human osteological collection     comprising of 300 Medieval burials.    

Medieval skeleton collection 

Spend time studying our human osteological collection comprising of 300 Medieval burials.  

Image -  Field sites in the UK and abroad  
  Collect research project data at sites in the UK and overseas, facilitated through the professional contacts of our academic staff.    

Field sites in the UK and abroad 

Collect research project data at sites in the UK and overseas, facilitated through the professional contacts of our academic staff.  


Our Students

Rhesus macaques became more social after Hurricane Maria

Read about the contribution of a former student’s research project to a study on the behaviour of rhesus macaques in Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria in 2017. 

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Our Research

For an overview of the research carried out by our academics within the School of Life and Health Sciences, please visit the departmental research pages.

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At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options. 

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.