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and to use the Botany Tearoom, where they can meet other

in an informal setting. duration of their degree.

Masters

students

are

offered

free

departmental members tea and coffee for the

The School of Botany is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace, and ensuring that our activities have a minimal impact on the environment. Safety and environmental issues are shared responsibilities for all members of the School and it is expected that Masters students will observe our rules and safe working practices and make every effort to reduce the risk of injury to themselves, their colleagues and others. Masters students will be provided with general information regarding the environmental, health and safety practices of the School at their induction, and

told where additional information can be found.

Supervisors will

information and within individual

training labs and

regarding the practices and while conducting field work.

procedures

provide specific to be followed

Communication within the School of Botany is primarily by email and students must activate their student email account if they have not already done so. Some information is only circulated via email and students are expected to check their email on a regular basis. So that we will have a current list of email addresses, all

students are asked to (s.hossain@unimelb.edu.au).

send

an

email

to

Ms

Sylvia

Hossain

Masters Research Project Major and Minor

The research component of the Botany MSc degree can be taken at either the 75 point (minor) or 125 point (major) level. Both forms of the MSc provide students with an opportunity to conduct independent research under supervision within their chosen area of Botany and are pathways to a PhD. The major and minor research projects are designed in consultation with a supervisor(s) and are approved by the School’s Postgraduate Coordinator with advice from the Masters Committee.

Students enroll in a combination of research project subjects that range in size from 12.5 points to 50 points. These subjects are available in the summer semester, semester one and semester two over the two years of full-time study, or over the four years of part-time study. For the major research project, students must complete a total of 125 points of research project subjects by the end of their course. For the minor research project, students must complete a total of 75 points of research project subjects by the end of their course.

The assessment requirements in the following paragraph are applicable to the entire major research project.

Assessment is based on a research thesis (85%; 17,000 - 22,000 words), a comprehensive literature review (10%; 3,000 words) and presentation of a seminar based on the research findings (5%; 40 minutes). Deadlines for the literature review, thesis and seminar are based on the timing of the research project and are specified below.

The assessment requirements in the following paragraph are applicable to the entire minor research project.

Assessment is based on a research thesis (80%; 10,000 - 12,000 words), a comprehensive literature review (15%; 3,000 words) and presentation of a seminar

Masters in Science (Botany)

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