- 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.
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, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to neuroscience;
- demonstrate a theoretical understanding of current neuroscience techniques
- demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyse results and write scientific reports;
- clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.
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
An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0, with at least 8 courses in a cognate area.
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 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:
A minimum of 6 units from completion of a course from the following list:
A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:
A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:
MEDN6001 Medical Physiology and Pharmacology
MEDN6002 Pathogenesis of Human Disease
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
POPM8001 Research, Treatment, Policy: Current Issues in Mental Health
PSYC6016 Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics
VCPG6002 Mobilising Research
A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:
ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change
ENVS6020 Human Ecology
ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action
ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research
ENVS6306 Human Futures
SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web
SCOM6015 Speaking of Science
SCOM6016 Science in the Media
SCOM6027 Science and Public Policy
SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication
SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public
|Year 1 48 units||NEUR6101 Cellular Neuroscience 6 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units|
|NEUR6102 Systems Neuroscience 6 units||BIOL6174/ PSYC6010 6 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units||M.Neuro course from lists 6 units|
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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