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Master of Neuroscience (Advanced)

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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  • Field of Education
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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Biological Sciences not elsewh

Do you want to better understand how the nervous system works?

The ANU Master of Neuroscience (Advanced) is a two-year program that consists of one year coursework plus a year of independent research. The coursework component will provide you with an advanced knowledge of current concepts in neuroscience, and will support those who wish to move into a neuroscience field from related areas of science and psychology but do not have a significant neuroscience background.

Your independent research will be required to develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research and completion of a dissertation.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Our postgraduate neuroscience programs pave the way for further studies in neuroscience and related fields, such as a PhD.

A Master of Neuroscience will also provide you with the skills to find employment in the biomedical sciences sector, including in clinical research, with pharmaceutical companies and in policy development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. demonstrate high level knowledge in neuroscience;
  2. apply their knowledge in neuroscience to new problems;
  3. interpret, synthesise and critically analyse published literature of relevance to neuroscience;
  4. demonstrate basic and complex laboratory skills that are commonly used in an area of neuroscience research;
  5. perform experimental work, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
  6. clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Further Information

Alternative courses can be substituted for elective courses with the approval of the program convener.

New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/scholarships/graduate-commonwealth-supported-places .

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here 

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue to the research component.

 

Cognate Dicsiplines 

Cellular and molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, medicine, anatomy and physiology, biological psychology

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$33,888.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$45,168.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Neuroscience (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following coursework component:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:


NEUR6101 Cellular Neuroscience

NEUR6102 Systems Neuroscience

 

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

 

BIOL6174 Cell Physiology in Health and Disease

PSYC6010 Biological Basis of Behaviour

 

A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

 

BIOL6001 Human Physiology

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL6171 Biochemistry and Nutrition

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology

BIOL6202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills

BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques

NEUR8700 Neuroscience Research proposal

NEUR8701 Readings in Neuroscience

NEUR8704 Neuroscience Essay

POPM8001 Mental Health

PSYC6016 Issues in Behavioural Neuroscience

SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics

VCPG6002 Mobilising Research

 

48 units from completion of the following research component:

48 units from completion of the completion of NEUR8001 Topics in Neuroscience or MEDN8701  Medical Research Project in the field of Neuroscience, which must be undertaken twice, in consecutive semesters.

 

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue to the research component. Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark or do not have the approval of an identified supervisor will be transferred to Master of Neuroscience.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units NEUR6101 Cellular Neuroscience 6 units M.Neuro course from list 6 units M.Neuro course from list 6 units M.Neuro course from list 6 units
NEUR6102 Systems Neuroscience 6 units BIOL6174/ PSYC6010 6 units M.Neuro course from list 6 units M.Neuro course from list 6 units
Year 2 NEUR8001 Topics in Neuroscience 6 to 24 units
NEUR8001 Topics in Neuroscience 6 to 24 units

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: Brian.Billups@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 2039

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au 

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Brian Billups at Brian.Billups@anu.edu.au

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