Master of Neuroscience

The John Curtin School of Medical Research is Australia’s national medical research institute, located at ANU, the best university in Australia1. We excel in multidisciplinary, translational medical research in fields such as immunology, cancer, genomics, neuroscience, mental health, infectious diseases, obesity and metabolic disorders. Three of our researchers have received Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine for work conducted here.

Students of the Master of Neuroscience programs join our world-class scientists, and have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience from their research. These programs provide science graduates with new skills, and extend and renew your understanding of neuroscience principles. You will acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge of the modern concepts in neuroscience and the methodologies employed.

We have over a dozen independent research groups working at our Eccles Institute of Neuroscience in state of-the-art facilities. This includes well-equipped laboratories, a suite of electron microscopes, a confocal scanning microscope and a protein and DNA analytical service and advanced super and parallel computing facilities. We provide staff and students with an exceptional environment for research on brain function, with a cellular focus and an emphasis on signal processing in sensory systems.

Advanced program

The Advanced program consists of one year of coursework plus a year of independent research. The coursework component will provide you with an advanced knowledge of current concepts in neuroscience, and will support those who wish to move into a neuroscience field from related areas of science and psychology but do not have a significant neuroscience background. Your independent research and dissertation will allow you to develop expertise in a nominated area.

Career opportunities

Our postgraduate neuroscience programs pave the way for further studies in neuroscience and related fields, such as for a PhD.

1 - QS World University Rankings 2018


A scholarship valued at $6000 per year is available to exceptional students enrolled in the Master of Neuroscience (Advanced).