Reasons to take the master

Only Postgraduate and Master training in the field of primatology in Spain.

Teaching team formed by professional national and international experts specialized in each area.

Personalized monitoring of the coordination and management team.

Practices and real work of ethological research at Fundació Mona and other primate centers nationally and internationally.


The study of the behavior of primates is one of the fundamental sciences for the understanding of the evolution and genesis of human behavior, as well as for the conservation of these species in freedom and their care in captivity in optimal conditions of well-being. Its approach is increasingly interdisciplinary both from the biological sciences and from the social and human sciences. The Research Unit of the Mona Foundation recovery center offers professional and interdisciplinary training that allows attendees to put into practice the theory and methods of etoprimatology, under the tutelage of people specialized in animal behavior, cognition, evolution and welfare , among others.

Who is it for?

The curriculum presented by the master is aimed at those students who are interested in rigorous research of the most relevant aspects of biology, behavior, cognition, conservation and well-being of primates from an interdisciplinary and integrative perspective. Preferably, university graduates in Psychology, Biology, Veterinary or Anthropology with a particular interest in the behavior of primates, cognition and their biological evolution as well as in the application of scientific knowledge.

Admission requirements

  • The recommended admission profile will be for graduates or graduates in Psychology, Biology, Veterinary, Anthropology or Environmental Sciences, as stated above.
  • Exceptionally, and provided that the offer of places exceeds the demand, the Master Council may consider the admission, on a conditional basis, of those students who do not meet the access requirements but who are expected to start the activities can fulfill them.
  • The selection criteria will be set with the following structure:

1. Academic record of the accredited official training, weighted according to the average grade of the home university (60%).
2. Complementary academic or professional training. Certifications or degrees of other complementary training in fields related to the contents of the Master (20%).
3. Work experience in the thematic areas of the Master with certification of the company where the time and tasks developed are recorded. Experience in the field of research carried out in stays in recognized research centers and in publications related to the Master's subjects (10%).
4. Reasoned request with letters of recommendation, if applicable (5%).
5. Interview with the director of the Master (5%).


First of all, it offers the possibility of knowing in depth the theoretical foundations of primatology, delving in a special way in the areas of behavior, biology, evolution, cognition, communication, conservation or wellbeing of primates. Secondly, the basic learning of projects is promoted through real practice with primates in freedom and captivity, where students can acquire the necessary skills and competencies on ecology, use of space, conservation, social behavior, psychological mechanisms, welfare and enrichment of primates, rehabilitation, or reintroduction of species, among other aspects. Finally, the preparation, design, writing and presentation of a final master project allows the student to apply and deepen in each and every one of the themes, techniques, tools and instruments developed during the course that has the additional objective of being able to be presented in national and international conferences and published in international impact journals.

Professional outings

  • Research in the field of primatology and animal behavior.
  • I work in recovery centers and other zoological centers.
  • Consulting and intervention in the field of primatology and animal behavior.
  • Environmental education, activism and conservation and animal welfare campaigns.

The percentage of employability of students graduated from their own degree is 48%


The main training activities to develop and complement each other are the following:

  1. Theoretical lectures
    2. Ethological observations, and analysis of primate behavior in situ
    3. Discussion groups related to the different subjects (Journal club)
    4. Preparation of test work
    5. Seminars
    6. Information search and consultation
    7. Reading, writing and review of the Final Master's Project
    8. Analysis of clinical cases
    9. Visit exhibitions, museums and conferences
    10. Tutorials

    Teaching methodologies:

  2. Master class
    2. Group learning
    3. Follow-up and guidance tutoring sessions, face-to-face and online
    4. Conducting essays individually and monitoring tutoring in person and online
    5. Observation and behavior recording practices

Evaluation system

1. Compulsory minimum attendance at 80% of face-to-face sessions and at least 80% of practical sessions.
2. Individual works
3. Participation in class
4. Written theoretical-practical tests
5. Team work
6. Evaluation project research / written report
7. Exhibition and defense research project
Program taught in:
  • Spanish
  • English

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Last updated August 5, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2019
19 months
3,750 EUR
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