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.

Students completing a neuroscience major will understand the fundamental organisation and functional principles of the nervous system: from the biology of nerve cells and neural circuits through to neural systems and complex behaviours. You will gain an overview of modern neuroscience and how it interacts with molecular and cell biology, physiology, psychology, and cognitive and information science.

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.

This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

  • Career Options

    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.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Physiology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.

    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Neuroscience Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Wellbeing, Motivation & Performance
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Our Planet, Our Health
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Perceptions, Illusions & Art
Developmental Psychology
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
Biological Psychology
Personality & Social Psychology
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Principles of Neuroscience
Neurophysiology: Neurons & Circuits
The Unconscious Mind
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Sensation Movement & Complex Functions
Developmental Neuroscience
Applications in Psychology

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.


  Course  Core Subjects   Major   Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

Neuroscience Major Handbook page