MSc Primate Behaviour and Conservation

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (full-time, per year): £8,000
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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0151 231 5090


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scspgt@ljmu.ac.uk


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About this course

Learn about primate behaviour, welfare and conservation on this LJMU MSc taught by world-leading experts in excellent facilities in the UK and research sites overseas.

  • Learn from world experts in the field of primate behaviour, welfare and conservation
  • Undertake an overseas field trip to Tanzania included in the fees. This is a fantastic opportunity to observe primates in the wild. You will practice and develop advanced skills in behavioural observation, non-invasive sampling of health and welfare indicators and conservation monitoring*
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities (including genetics, drone technology, behavioural endocrinology and GIS facilities)
  • Design and complete a primate field study abroad using the latest software packages, such as ArcGIS, R, Distance

* The air fare, site accommodation and site costs are paid by LJMU You will need to fund other potential costs including field clothing, visas and immunisations (if required).

This exciting MSc course covers contemporary issues in primate behaviour, welfare and conservation and will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills required to succeed as a professional researcher.

You will learn about the latest primatology research from active researchers including: primate behaviour and social systems in the wild; primate conservation issues and main threats to wildlife in-situ; ex-situ conservation efforts in sanctuaries and zoos; and job opportunities for primatologists in the UK and abroad.

You will complete a hypotheses-driven research project in the second half of the programme, based on your knowledge of primate behaviour, welfare and conservation developed during the first half of the course.

 

Your lectures and seminars will be delivered by world experts in the field of primate behaviour and conservation. The quality of research and teaching during the course mean that you will graduate with cutting edge knowledge and access to a host of international professional networks. The Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology (RCEAP) conducts research at the frontiers of biological anthropology, catalysed by discovery-oriented field research.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Employment opportunities after completion of this course include: working for national or international wildlife conservation NGOs, working for national or international environmental consultancy companies, working for environmental government bodies or working in zoos, wildlife parks, sanctuaries or reserves. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue an academic career.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your course

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules and a dissertation. 

You will learn how to convert an idea for a research study into a practical plan, including how to:

  • identify suitable species and field sites
  • think through the logistical issues of conducting research in challenging environments
  • make a budget and identify funding sources
  • write a grant proposal (from funding experts)
  • develop a research protocol and conduct research in challenging environments

Your lectures and seminars will be delivered by world experts in the field of primate behaviour and conservation. The quality of research and teaching during the course mean that you will graduate with cutting edge knowledge and access to a host of international professional networks.

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Core modules

Primate Behaviour and Conservation

This module provides a comprehensive course in primate behaviour and conservation, focusing on survival and reproductive strategies, social organisation, mechanisms of behaviour, conservation issues, technologies and practices. Particular emphasis is placed on interpretation and discussion of journal articles including review papers and empirical studies.

Research Methods

This module provides extensive training in generic research knowledge and statistical techniques for the Natural Sciences. It aims to:

  • provide you with a broad appreciation of research methods and methodology including an understanding of the uses and limitations of different research methods
  • teach you how to design and execute a research project keeping in mind feasibility, ethics, data protection, and project logistics and funding

Survey, Mapping and Field Skills*

This module will give you a thorough understanding of research design, especially in the application of important tools and methods for data collection of wild animals. It aims to: help you understand and apply theoretical, practical, and analytical skills in primatological or other wildlife fieldwork; provide particular emphasis on how to census animals using line transects and build digital data-collection tools using open-access software; enable you to map the spatial distribution of findings for spatial analyses, present findings in a professional context, and employ these techniques in a field setting. 

* Includes an overseas field trip to Tanzania, which is included in your course fees. This is a fantastic opportunity to observe primates in the wild. You will practice and develop advanced skills in behavioural observation and conservation monitoring. The field trip air fare, site accommodation and site costs are paid by Liverpool John Moores University. You will be required to meet other potential costs, such as field clothing, visas and immunisations if required.

Dissertation

The aim of this module is to enable you to conduct independent scientific research, in an appropriate manner, under the guidance of an academic tutor. It:

  • gives you the opportunity to make a major contribution in a chosen subject area through a supervised programme of individual study
  • allows you to demonstrate your ability to carry out scientific research and to present findings as a scientific report

Contemporary Methods in Primatology

This module is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of a range of laboratory and field based methods to study primate behaviour, cognition and
physiology. In addition, you learn to investigate habitat specific parameters, develop research questions at a conceptual level and start addressing them on a practical level. Special emphasis is placed upon being able to select methods and design and execute studies to effectively test hypotheses about the biological bases and social components of primate behaviour.

Field Methods in Primate Behavioural Ecology

This module is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of a range of field based methods to study primate behavioural ecology at a conceptual and practical level. Being in situ and putting hands on field-methods will help you to appreciate the diversity of relevant parameters characterising your species of choice. You will directly investigate the ecological and environmental components triggering primate behaviour and understand primate behaviour influencing ecological and environmental components.

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

You will have a number of hours per module per week of taught material and/or laboratory work. The majority of teaching will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, however the days/number of hours taught will vary week to week. Private study will cover both time spent studying at home or in the library, analysing data and completing directed tasks and coursework. Taught sessions will provide an orientation to the topic and an opportunity for classroom discussion and debate. You will be expected to read widely using primary sources of reference material.

Teaching methods

You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, student-led discussion groups, laboratory and overseas fieldwork. Self-guided study is a key requirement at MSc level, so you will need the flexibility to organise your study time outside of contact hours.

You will be encouraged to attend and present your work at national and international conferences, and to publish your research in scientific journals.

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Applied learning

There is an overseas field trip to develop and practise skills needed for research and conservation. Programme leaders have excellent links with partners in industry and fieldsites in Asia, Africa, Central America and the UK. Such connections will give you the opportunity to develop and extend your professional networks during your course.

We actively engage with the main non-academic audiences for our research in biological anthropology ranging from the general public (both in the UK and internationally) to international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs such as UNEP) and governments (including China and Indonesia).

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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this course include: written, oral and practical assignments including project reports and seminar presentations.

Your dissertation will demonstrate your aptitude for progressing your career in this discipline.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Emily Bethell

Emily Bethell

Programme Leader

Emily gained a first class degree in Zoology at University College London before going on to complete two Masters degrees and a PhD in primate cognition and social behaviour. Having studied apes in Africa and monkeys in Central America, Emily joined LJMU in 2010 and set up the MSc in Primate Behaviour and Conservation in 2015. More recently, Emily has been funded by the BBSRC and NC3Rs to develop cognitive measures of welfare in primates in captivity.

It’s particularly rewarding to know that I’m training the next generation of primatologists.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

This programme is based in the City Campus, right in the heart of Liverpool. You will have access to first class teaching facilities, laboratories and study areas. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a good second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) in a relevant scientific discipline such as biology, conservation, animal behaviour, zoology or ecology
  • an academic reference
  • a satisfactory reference from your employer, line manager etc

or

  • professional experience, publications, written reports, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment
  • a satisfactory reference from your employer,  line manager etc

Additional Information

  • IELTS 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-65 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate
  • International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time

If you have any specific queries, please contact scspgt@ljmu.ac.uk

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

To study this programme you must be motivated towards and have a passion for conservation (as evidenced by engagements in local or international conservation activities, nature clubs, campaigns, for example). You must also show that you are independent, creative and can think outside the box.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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