A major in Neuroscience will allow you to explore how nervous systems work and how nervous system function can be restored after disease and injury to the brain.

Introduction

Neuroscientists investigate all areas of the nervous system. How do nervous systems grow, develop and learn? How do we process the sensory stimuli we receive? How do medical conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, deafness, dementia and depression afflict the brain and nervous system?

5 Reasons to study Neuroscience

1. What could be more interesting than the brain? It is the final frontier, the part of the body that we know the least about, a true challenge

2. Studying neuroscience is also about studying biology, physics, chemistry, behaviour... it’s great value and you never get bored

3. When they find out that you are studying Neuroscience, people tend to tell you very interesting and bizarre things about themselves and their families, it can be a great conversation starter.

4. It gives you a unique “brain-centric” perception of people and animals: neuroscientists have amazing insights into what brains are doing, how behaviours originate and what my pet is really seeing/feeling/perceiving.

5. Using your brain to study the brain, what could be cooler than that?

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Course description, features and facilities

You will be taught by academics with established international reputations in neuroscience research. You will discover the nervous system at all levels, from the molecules that make up individual nerve cells and the transfer of information from one nerve cell to another, to the complexities of how behaviour, thought and emotions are produced.

To complement your lectures from renowned experts in their various fields, you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your unit in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials.

The Neuroscience course at UWA is designed to give you both breadth and depth in this fascinating field of study, with contributions from psychology, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology and zoology.

Here are five great reasons to study Neuroscience:

1. What could be more interesting than the brain? It is the final frontier, the part of the body that we know the least about, a true challenge.

2. Studying neuroscience is also about studying biology, physics, chemistry, behaviour... its great value and you never get bored.

3. When they find out that you are studying Neuroscience, people tend to tell you very interesting and bizarre things about themselves and their families, it can be a great conversation starter.

4. It gives you a unique “brain-centric” perception of people and animals: neuroscientists have amazing insights into what brains are doing, how behaviours originate and what my pet is really seeing/feeling/perceiving.

5. Using your brain to study the brain, what could be cooler than that?

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.


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Student profile – James Dzingai

As the driver of consciousness, thought and action, the brain is indispensable to human life. Despite this vital role, the nervous system is one of the most poorly understood physiological systems in the human body. I chose to study Neuroscience and Physiology at UWA because as a Neuroscience student and future neuroscientist, it means I am at the forefront of understanding this complex system.

The Neuroscience major offers students an understanding of how the nervous system is thought to function drawing on evidence from current research. Physiological mechanisms of cellular functioning, pathways involved in perception, anatomical localization of function, as well as diseases affecting the nervous system and possible treatment therapies are discussed.

Theory-based classes are taught in conjunction with practical-based classes, which strengthen lab skills, analytical and critical thinking capabilities.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Neuroscience is a diverse, multidisciplinary science and graduates will be well suited to a range of employment destinations including research and clinical laboratories, government agencies and science communication.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Neuroscience major can pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level such as graduate diploma, master's degree or PhD. Honours and PhD qualifications can lead to senior teaching or research positions.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Chemistry ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Chemistry

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Neuroscience: the details

Status
Available 2016
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
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Additional information