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Botany is the study of plants: their structure and development, physiology, genetics and biochemistry, health and disease, relationships with other organisms and the environment as well as the impacts plants have on our daily lives.
At the University of Otago, the emphasis is on general biology, ecology and physiology of vascular plants, marine algae, phytoplankton, cyanobacteria and fungi, although other groups (plant viruses, lichens, mosses and liverworts) are included in some papers.
The Master of Science (MSc) is a two-year degree which encompasses both coursework and research. The first year involves mainly coursework and preliminary research preparation. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields of research, or to begin to develop new
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Every applicant must either be a graduate with an average grade of at least B for the appropriate 300-level papers, or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant's performance in the programme.
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