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Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Disciplines of Pharmacology and Physiology in the Sydney Medical School and the School of Molecular Bioscience in the Faculty of Science. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Programme structure and content

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; developing to ageing; normal cognition to neurodegeneration.

A major in Neuroscience is designed to provide a foundation in the basic biology of the brain as well as the fundamentals of cognition. Students are able to focus their cross-disciplinary studies with a molecular, cellular, anatomical and behavioural concentration. Refer to Table I for an enrolment guide and to entries in specific subject areas for Unit of Study descriptions. A cross-disciplinary major requires careful selection of subjects to fulfil the requirements of the major. Research in Neuroscience is vibrant and an international priority area.

First year planning for a Neuroscience major

Recommended: A combination of Junior Biology and MBLG, Junior Psychology and Junior Chemistry.

Requirements for a major

For a major in Neuroscience, students are required to complete at least 24 credit points of the senior elective units of study listed in this subject area in Table 1. Units from at least two subject areas must be chosen from NEUR, PSYC and PCOL.


Students undertaking Honours do so in specific projects in areas such as Psychology, Pharmacology and Physiology.

Contact and further information

Dr Dario Protti

Phone: +61 2 9351 3928