M.Sc in Conservation and Primate Behavior, UK 2019

University of Kent

Study in:United Kingdom
12 days
Deadline: 31 July 2019


Many of the world’s non-human primates (NHPs) face extinction due to habitat destruction, fragmentation, over exploitation, disease and/or increased competition over resources with their human relatives. In spite of the impressive behavioral flexibility and capacity for adaptation of numerous NHP species, global trends are alarming.

This pathway promotes a multidisciplinary approach and understanding of primate conservation issues. A combination of ecological, spatial, behavioral, and social methodologies and perspectives provides promising avenues to inform and achieve effective conservation management and to help combat these challenges. This pathway highlights the benefits of incorporating an understanding of local human communities’ experiences and a sound knowledge of primate behavioral and landscape ecology to foster successful conservation of non-human primates. It will familiars you with a diverse set of practical and theoretical tools to pursue successfully a future role in primate conservation.

The MSc in Primate Conservation and Behavior from the University of Kent offers collaborations with NGOs around the world, from the neotropics to Africa and Southeast Asia, as well as zoological institutions across Europe (eg, Howletts and Port Lympne Animal Parks, Kent) and African primate sanctuaries.

Why study with us?

  • One-year taught Master’s program
  • Teaching by research active experts drawing on extensive field research experience with primates and biodiversity conservation
  • Benefit from DICE’s extensive links and collaborations with international NGOs and zoological institutions around the world
  • Wide suite of modules enabling you to design a learning syllabus to suit your individual interests
  • Formal lectures and seminars supported by residential courses and day trips including to the Wildwood Discovery Park, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey, previous fieldtrips have also taken place in Scotland and Malta (these change annually)


The School has a very good record for postgraduate employment and academic continuation. DICE programs combine academic theory with practical field experience to develop graduates who are highly employable within government, NGOs and the private sector.

Our alumni progress into a wide range of organisations across the world. Examples include: consultancy for a Darwin Initiative project in West Sumatra; Wildlife Management Officer in Kenya; Chief of the Biodiversity Unit – UN Environment Program; Research and Analysis Program Leader for TRAFFIC; Freshwater Program Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Head of the Ecosystem Assessment Program, United Nations Environment Program-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC); Community Based Natural Resource Manager, WWF; Managing Partner, Althelia Climate Fund; and Program Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Program Structure

Courses include:

  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Conservation
  • Integrated Species Conservation and Management
  • Managing Protected Areas
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
  • Population and Evolutionary Biology
  • Ecotourism and Rural Development Field Course
  • Leadership Skills for Conservation Managers


Academic Requirements

A good second class honors degree, or better, in a relevant subject; a good honors degree in other subjects together with relevant practical experience.

In exceptional circumstances, DICE admits applicants without a first degree if their professional career and experience shows academic achievement of a high enough standard.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.



The University of Kent has a scholarship fund of over £11 million to support our taught and research students including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location-specific scholarships, philanthropic awards and discounts and scholarships for Kent alumni.


Eligible students can borrow up to £10,609.

Detailed Program Facts

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