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Simon's story

Mature student Simon Stringer studied for a Masters in Primate Behaviour and Conservation. He then received funding from the European Union to undertake a PhD in South Africa with supervision provided by LJMU.

“My undergraduate degree was in Conservation Biology, I then did an MRes before coming to LJMU to specialise in Primatology. I was attracted to Liverpool John Moores because of the world renowned Primatologists here and wanted to absorb as much knowledge from them as I possibly could.

Postgraduate study was what I was expecting in terms of there being a lot of self-directed study. I also knew that there would be a lot of people from different backgrounds and this has been really good for me as it has enabled me to learn from others. The facilities at LJMU give you everything you can possibly need to carry out your studies and the support is there whenever you need it.

The highlight of the programme had to be our trip to Tanzania. We were able to set and work through our own studies. It was wonderful to be able to carry out primate behavioural research in the field rather than in a captive environment.

If you are thinking of studying at postgraduate level at LJMU I would say go for it, see what the University can do for you, have a relaxed chat with the staff you will be involved with and make the most of the city.”