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?

This information is for future students. All current students should refer to the Handbook.

Sample course plan

Bachelor of Science major: Neuroscience
First year
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
Second year
Fundamentals of Cell Biology Biological Psychology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Breadth
Human Physiology Cognitive Psychology Pharmacology: How Drugs Work Breadth
Third year
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

Major subjects

Breadth subjects

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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.

Earnings for life scientists, which includes Neuroscience, are above average and employment for this occupation is expected to grow moderately to 2019.^

^ Based on data from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, accessed October 2015. 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 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 the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

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