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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

A major in neuroscience is designed to provide you with a foundation in the basic biology of the brain and the fundamentals of cognition.

Throughout this major, you will focus your cross-disciplinary studies with a molecular, cellular, anatomical or behavioural concentration. You may choose to spread your studies across the whole range, or choose to concentrate on a particular approach at senior level.

For more information on the program structure and content, view the Science Undergraduate Handbook.

About this major

To prepare for your major in neuroscience, it is recommended that in your first year you take 12 credit points of junior mathematics, and 24 credit points from biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, psychology and molecular biology.

You will need to carefully select your units to fulfil the senior unit requirements of the major. You may choose intermediate units from the areas of anatomy, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology and psychology.

To successfully complete your neuroscience major, you must take at least 24 credit points of senior units from the neuroscience subject area. These must include units in two of the following areas: pharmacology, neuroscience and psychology.

Concepts of Neuroanatomy
Pharmacology Fundamentals
Pharmacology: Drugs and People
Cognitive and Social Psychology
Neuroscience: Motor Systems and Behaviour
Cognition, Language and Thought
Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience

Further study for major

Eligible students who are interested in undertaking further studies in neuroscience have the opportunity to apply for admission to a BSc Honours year in neuroscience, and then a higher degree by research. 

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. 

If you are considering the honours year and you are eligible for admission, you should canvass potential project supervisors during your senior year for details of projects, admission criteria and enrolment details.

Graduate opportunities

A major in neuroscience will allow you to pursue further studies in neuroscience, work in one of the many rapidly growing areas in the pharmaceutical, medical or biotechnology industries, or pursue a professional course in medicine or psychology.
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