- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
How does our brain impact our behaviour and cognitive functions? How does our nervous system work?
The ANU Master of Neuroscience will give you both theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern concepts in neuroscience and methodologies employed to answer these questions and more.
Based in the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australia’s national medical research institute, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art, modern facilities, and some of the country’s leading scientists in the field.
This Advanced program incorporates a research project and thesis.
Find out more about neuroscience, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.
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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.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- demonstrate high level knowledge in neuroscience;
- apply their knowledge in neuroscience to new problems;
- interpret, synthesise and critically analyse published literature of relevance to neuroscience;
- demonstrate basic and complex laboratory skills that are commonly used in an area of neuroscience research;
- perform experimental work, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
- clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.
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
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0, and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.
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.
Cellular and molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, medicine, anatomy and physiology, biological psychology
English Language Requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
Assessment of Qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
Applications for course credit
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
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.
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.
|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|
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?
Contact Brian Billups at Brian.Billups@anu.edu.au