Liverpool John Moores University offers the opportunity to study the UK's only Masters degree focusing on cutting edge developments in the use of UAVs (aka drones) for primate behaviour and conservation research. You will be taught by world-leading experts and have access to excellent facilities in the UK and research sites overseas.
-Complete this masters degree in one year (full time) -Delivered by world experts in the field of primate behaviour, welfare and conservation -Overseas field trip to practice and develop advanced skills in behavioural observation, non-invasive sampling of health and welfare indicators and conservation monitoring -State-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities (including genetics, drone and GIS facilities) -Opportunity to design and complete a primate field study abroad using the latest software packages, such as ArcGIS, R, Distance
This exciting new 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 Job opportunities for primatologists in the UK and abroad You will also 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.
Studying cutting-edge developments in the use of drones for primate conservation research, you will gain the skills to:
maintain and operate drones obtain and analyse data interpret results to identify primate distribution and density, threats to their habitat, and inform conservation priorities
You will learn how to convert an idea for a research study into a practical plan, including how to:
identify field sites and funding sources write a grant proposal (from funding experts) make a budget think through the logistical issues of conducting 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.
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. Primate Behaviour and Conservation Field Skills (overseas field trip) Drone Technology Research methods Dissertation In the 2016-17 academic year, field trip travel, accommodation and site costs are covered by LJMU. You will be required to meet other potential costs, such as field clothing, visas and potential immunisations if required. In 2015-2016 the field trip was in Tanzania.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.