Neuroscience is one of the largest areas of study within the entire sphere of modern biology. It is also an area where Australian research has significant international impact.
The Neuroscience major will help you understand the fundamental organisation and functional principles of the nervous system from the biology of nerve cells and neural circuits through to the neural systems and complex behaviours.
A multidisciplinary area of study, the Neuroscience major combines a wide of range of methods and conceptual approaches united by the subject matter: understanding the nervous system.
What will the course look like?
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Sample course plan
Bachelor of Science major: Neuroscience
|Biology of Cells and Organisms||Chemistry 1||Mind, Brain and Behaviour 1||Breadth or Elective|
|Genetics and the Evolution of Life||Chemistry 2||Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2||Breadth|
|Fundamentals of Cell Biology||Biological Psychology||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Breadth|
|Human Physiology||Cognitive Psychology||Pharmacology: How Drugs Work||Breadth|
|Principles of Neuroscience||Neurophysiology: Neurons and Circuits||Research Methods for Human Inquiry||Breadth or Elective|
|Sensation, Movement and Complex Functions||Developmental Neurobiology||Psychology Science: Theory and Practice||Breadth|
Subjects leading to the major
Other science areas of study to complement the major
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What careers can this major lead to?
Graduates can combine their studies in neuroscience with more vocationally-oriented courses to build a career in areas such as drug development, basic research, neuropsychology, drug evaluation, education, audiology, behavioural research and brain imaging.
Employment growth for the life sciences, which includes Neuroscience, is projected to be very strong leading into 2017.^
^ Based on data from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, accessed December 2010. Refer to Australian Job Outlook for more information.
What graduate courses does Neuroscience lead to?
Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Neuroscience are well-placed to apply for:
- Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics, management science, and nanotechnology
- Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching
- Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within Melbourne Graduate School of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences