Majoring in neuroscience

Neuroscience encompasses a diverse range of disciplines that cross traditional subject boundaries. The study of neuroscience ranges from anatomy to neuronal function; the cellular and molecular biology of the neuron to the complex phenomena of perception, emotion and memory, from the regulation of breathing and blood pressure to movement of the body, from development to ageing, from normal cognition to mental illness and neurodegeneration.

The study of the brain is informed by research in genetics, proteomics, cell biology, invertebrate biology, evolution, anatomy, histology, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, immunology, medical physics, bioengineering, psychology, computation theory and the history of the scientific method.

A major in Neuroscience is designed to provide a foundation in the basic biology of the brain and the fundamentals of cognition. Students are able to focus their cross-disciplinary studies with a molecular, cellular, anatomical or behavioural concentration.
A cross-disciplinary major requires careful selection of subjects to fulfill the requirements of the major.

See also the Science Handbook: Unit of Study requirements, and the Neuroscience Major Table.

For information, contact Dr Karen Cullen, Anatomy & Histology, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney

Honours and postgraduate diploma studies

Research in neuroscience is vibrant and an international priority area. There are many opportunities for high-achieving students to undertake honours study within the field of neuroscience. Honours projects are typically undertaken within the respective schools and disciplines such as physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, psychology, pathology and associated institutes. Students should canvass potential project supervisors during their senior studies for details of projects, admission criteria and enrollment details.

School of Medical Sciences

School of Psychology