Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, which is one of the last great frontiers of knowledge. Neuroscience research spans from molecules, cells and pathways, all the way up to complex human behaviour. Neuroscience integrates physics, chemistry and biology, with studies of anatomy, physiology and behaviour, including human emotional and cognitive functions.
Neuroscience has two primary goals:
Neurological and mental disorders are amongst the biggest contributors to the burden of disease in Australia. Improved treatments and cures are of critical importance.
You could pursue a career as a neuroscientist, medical technician or science communicator.
Neuroscientific research may focus on:
Neuroscientists use tools such as:
You can study neuroscience in the following undergraduate degrees:
Please note that while neuroscience is offered as a major in the above science programs, it's delivered by the School of Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine & Health.
The neuroscience major will introduce you to the biological and behavioural aspects of the nervous system through the neuroscience courses offered by the School of Psychology and the School of Medical Sciences.
Gain research experience and enhance your career prospects with an honours degree. These programs are designed to connect your undergraduate study with supervised independent research. An honours degree also provides a pathway into further study, such as a Masters by Research or PhD. You can take honours as a standalone degree or as part of an embedded honours program.
Embedded honours programs
Standalone honours program