Masters degrees in Botany train postgraduates in the purpose of plant classification, including an understanding of their physiology and structure through identification and taxonomy. Consideration is also given to plant ecology, the biosphere, and economic importance.
Programmes in this field are typically taught MSc courses, though research oriented MRes and MPhil courses may also be available at some institutions.
Courses in this area offer a wide range of specialisations, including Ethnobotany, Systematic Botany, Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement. A mixture of practical training, academic study and fieldwork will be offered on most courses.
For example, you will likely study topics such as conservation science, biodiversity management, and consumption, exploring these practically through lab testing, experimental growing, molecular methods and geographic information systems (GIS). You will also explore the commercial and business practices within the field, including environmental law and policy, as well as public health and risk management.
Careers may be highly varied depending on your interests. You may wish to branch into agriculture, conservation and wildlife management, or environmental consultancy and policy making for government agencies and NGOs.