Honours Program - Botany

Major/Minor/Specialisation !BH-SCI-MAJ+1012 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Dr Rick Wetherbee
Honours Coordinator
School of Botany


Email: richardw@unimelb.edu.au

For course enquiries about the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) in Botany, please contact:

Eastern Precinct Student Centre
The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Email: 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au


Honours in Botany is a one-year program designed to extend students' knowledge and skills through a supervised research project together with advanced coursework in botany.

Admission requirements

In addition to satisfying the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry requirements, students entering the Botany honours program need to have completed a major study in biological science or a discipline relevant to the project.

Honours in Botany is available as start of year intake and mid year intake.


The objectives of the Honours program in Botany include providing students with opportunities to

  • Acquire skills in original research in plant science (scientific and technical)
  • Develop capacity for critical thinking and evaluation of information
  • Acquire knowledge across wide areas of plant sciences
  • Enhance communication skills (writing and oral presentations)
Structure & Available Subjects:

Students must complete 75 points of research.

Students must complete 25 points of coursework.

Subject Options:

Research component

Students enrol in a total of 75 points of research project across the duration of the Honours program. This is achieved by enrolling in a combination of the following subjects in appropriate semesters to achieve a total 75 credit points.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

Coursework component

Students select 25 points of coursework from the following subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

One Level 3 Botany subject, for which credit has not already been given, or an alternative postgraduate coursework elective may be chosen if the core knowledge is required (subject to the approval of the Honours coordinator).

Links to further information: http://www.botany.unimelb.edu.au/botany/courses/honours/honours.html
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours)

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