This Masters in research will give you a unique opportunity to study primate biology in depth and will provide you with the skills needed to carry out research in primatology.
The course is designed to teach you how to carry out original research, and to put your findings into a theoretical context. This will prepare you for more advanced research (e.g. a PhD) and for consultancy work.
The programme will combine theoretical investigation with laboratory and fieldwork on a range of topics. You will carry out practical investigations in zoos and local habitats and learn how to interpret skeletal material.
After the first semester the emphasis will be on independent study, with all students undertaking an in-depth piece of original research. This may be carried out using museum collections, the University laboratories (e.g. for nutritional or hormonal analyses), on animals in captive collections (the University does not hold captive animals) or on wild animals.
Students will be offered a range of projects by University staff, who have well established links with a number of institutions and field sites, but may also use their own contacts to find appropriate projects.
All MRes students will produce a dissertation and a written paper in a form suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Key areas of study
Ecology and behaviour: methods used in surveying and gathering biological information, methods of recording behaviour in the field
Diet and foraging: observing and investigating behavioural and physical dietary adaptations, field and laboratory techniques for gathering data, analysing nutritional and foraging data from wild and captive primates
Life-history evolution: allome
UK university accredited by the DFES (Department for Education & Skills).