single degree

Master of Neuroscience

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Biological Sciences NEC
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Neuroscience requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

A minimum of 24 units must come from 8000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

NEUR6101 Cellular Neuroscience

NEUR6102 Sensory Neuroscience

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

BIOL6174 Cell Physiology in Health and Disease

PSYC6010 Biological Basis of Behaviour

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills

NEUR8001 Topics in Neuroscience

NEUR8700 Neuroscience Research proposal

NEUR8701 Readings in Neuroscience

NEUR8704 Neuroscience Essay

A minimum of 6 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

BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques

MEDN8000 Translational Medicine: From Discovery to Healthcare

MEDN8002 Introduction to Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

MEDN8003 Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

POPM8001 Mental Health

PSYC6027 Late-life Development and Ageing

PSYC6030 Cognitive and Clinical Neuropsychology

SCOM8021 Ethics, Issues and Consequences of Science

VCPG6002 Mobilising Research

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

SCOM6016 Science in the Media

SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public

SCOM8015 Speaking of Science

SCOM6027 Science and Public Policy

SCOM8501 Strategies in Science Communication

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6306 Human Futures

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least 8 courses in cognate disciplines.

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.

Cognate discipline

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

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

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

The ANU Master of Neuroscience is an intensive program of graduate coursework providing a pathway for science graduates to acquire new skills, or to extend and renew their understanding of neuroscience principles.

This program is designed to give you both theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern concepts in neuroscience and the methodologies employed. You will be taught by leading Australian neuroscientists and have opportunities to gain first-hand experience of neuroscience research.

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.

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, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to neuroscience;
  4. demonstrate a theoretical understanding of current neuroscience techniques
  5. demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyse results and write scientific reports;
  6. clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Further Information

Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Neuroscience (Adv) and undertaking a 48 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements:

• achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework

• have the approval of an identified supervisor, and 

• have completed compulsory courses in the Master Neuroscience (Advanced) 


Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.


Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.

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

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:


Phone: 02 6125 2039

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your checklist. 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

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Brian Billups at

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