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Master of Neuroscience (Advanced)

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Health and Medicine

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

Program Requirements

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

48 units from completion of the coursework component

48 units from completion of the research component

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

The 96 units must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following coursework component:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

NEUR6101 Cellular Neuroscience (6 units)

NEUR6102 Systems Neuroscience (6 units)


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

BIOL6174 Cell Physiology in Health and Disease (6 units)

PSYC6010 Biological Basis of Behaviour (6 units)


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

MEDN6001 Medical Physiology and Pharmacology (6 units)

MEDN6002 Pathogenesis of Human Disease (6 units)

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression (6 units)

BIOL6171 Biochemistry and Nutrition (6 units)

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics (6 units)

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology (6 units)

BIOL6202 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biology (6 units)

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World (6 units)

BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills (6 units)

BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques (12 units)

NEUR8700 Neuroscience Research proposal (6 units)

NEUR8701 Readings in Neuroscience (6 units)

NEUR8704 Neuroscience Essay (6 units)

MEDN6820 Biomedical Imaging (6 units)

POPM8001 Research, Treatment, Policy: Current Issues in Mental Health (6 units)

PSYC6016 Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (6 units)

SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics (6 units)

 

48 units from completion of the following research component:

NEUR8001 Topics in Neuroscience, which must be undertaken twice, in consecutive semesters (24+24=48 units)

OR

MEDN8701 Medical Research Project in the field of Neuroscience, which must be undertaken twice, in consecutive semesters (24+24=48 units)

 

Students must achieve a minimum 70% Weighted Average Mark in the first 48 units of courses attempted and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project in order to remain in enrolled in the Master of Neuroscience (Advanced) and continue to the research component. A condition of supervisor approval is that the research project is feasible and it should be noted that the majority of research projects will require on campus attendance.

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 or the Graduate Diploma of Science.

Master Research

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Master Research Training

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Capstone Courses

[NEUR8001, MEDN8701]

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

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a minimum GPA of at least 5.5/7.0
  • with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline, which must also have a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0.

The GPA requirement for this program must be met by both the program as a whole, as well as by the 8 courses in a cognate discipline. Where more than 8 cognate courses have been completed by the applicant, ANU will take the best 8 courses when assessing the cognate GPA.


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 Disciplines

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


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


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.

Credit Granted

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.

Cognate Disciplines

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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$50,630.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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

  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.

Research Strengths

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Further Information

Progression hurdle:

This program has a progression hurdle that must be satisfied in order to progress to the research project: Students must achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project. A condition of supervisor approval is that the research project is feasible and it should be noted that the majority of research projects will require on campus attendance.


Course offered by the College of Science and College of Health and Medicine:

An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine can be found under current students page on the College website via this link.

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 

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