Master of Neuroscience

Why study the Master of Neuroscience at UNE?

Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing areas of study in human physiology. Graduates of this program will have been given the opportunity to understand how the brain works to maintain human behaviour, what may go wrong in those neurobiological processes, and the ways that research and remediation may be undertaken within multi-disciplinary settings.

Graduates of the Master of Neuroscience may apply for admission to research higher degrees and other doctoral programs.

Career Opportunities

Neuroscientist in research or clinical settings.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

2 Years Full-time
6 Years Part-time

FEES

Full Fee
International

2020 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation MNeurosc
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Location Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 2 Years Full-time
  • 6 Years Part-time
Fees Full Fee / International
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Total Credit Points 96
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International.

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline*; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma or a Bachelor with Honours in a relevant discipline*; or

(d) satisfy UNE by means of other relevant professional experience by submitting a Statement of Service from your employer/s and a resume outlining a minimum of three years' full-time (or equivalent) relevant professional experience and training taken in the past 10 years**.

Applicants admitted under rule (d) must submit a Statement of Service.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Science; Medicine; Psychology; Nursing; Social work; Education; Health; Counselling; or other similar disciplines as determined by the course coordinator.

**The professional experience and training referred to will be in areas of human behaviour and remediation in one or more of the relevant disciplines.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete the course.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students may complete work integrated learning and professional skills development (WORK500 and SCI505) with approved institutions during their degree.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted up to 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) may be granted up to 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) may be granted up to 48 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No Advanced Standing will be granted for SCI501, SCI502, SCI505 or SCI599.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline*; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma or a Bachelor with Honours in a relevant discipline*; or
(d) satisfy UNE by means of other relevant professional experience by submitting a Statement of Service from your employer/s and a resume outlining a minimum of three years’ full-time (or equivalent) relevant professional experience and training taken in the past 10 years**.

Applicants applying under Rule (d) must submit a Statement of Service.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Science
Medicine
Psychology
Nursing
Social Work
Education
Health
Counselling
Other similar disciplines as determined by the course coordinator.

**The professional experience and training referred to will be in areas of human behaviour and remediation in one or more of the relevant disciplines.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted up to 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) may be granted up to 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) may be granted up to 48 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No Advanced Standing will be granted for SCI501, SCI502, SCI505 or SCI599.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points with at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Capstone Research/Clinical Experience 36 cps
Listed Units 12 cps
Total 96 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Neuroscience.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Neuroscience who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Science (Neuroscience) on completion of 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400/500 level comprising 12 to 24 credit points from: NEUR331, NEUR332, NEUR333, NEUR334, NEUR335, NEUR536, NEUR537 and PSIO411; and 0 to 12 credit points, with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300 level from: HDEV401, HDEV402, HDEV403, HDEV404, HDEV405; PHAR232, PSIO230, PSIO331, SCI505 and WORK500. 

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Neuroscience who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Science (Neuroscience) on completion of 48 credit points with at least 30  credit points at 400/500 level comprising 24 to 48 credit points from: NEUR331, NEUR332, NEUR333, NEUR334, NEUR335, NEUR536, NEUR537 and PSIO411; and 0 to 24 credit points from: HDEV401, HDEV402, HDEV403, HDEV404, HDEV405; PHAR232, PSIO230, PSIO331, SCI505 and WORK500. 

Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certificate in Science (Neuroscience) or Graduate Diploma in Science (Neuroscience) must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Master of Neuroscience. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Thesis

The thesis unit SCI599 is only available to candidates who have achieved 48 credit points with a grade point average of 5 and above in both NEUR501 and NEUR502, and permission of head of school. The thesis topic must be approved in advance by the course coordinator who will also approve the appointment of a UNE staff-member as principal supervisor for the thesis. The recommended areas for the thesis are Depression, Anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The thesis may take the form of a field or laboratory investigation, a major literature review, or other research model that has been approved by the course coordinator.

Submission of Thesis

1. The thesis shall be written concisely in English in and, except with the special permission of the School in exceptional circumstances, shall not exceed 20,000 words, exclusive of references, tables, plates, figures and appendices. A successful thesis shall show capacity on the part of the candidate for independence of thought and critical evaluation of the candidate's own and published work in his or her field of study. The candidate shall state generally in the preface and specifically throughout the thesis, the source of his or her information and the extent to which he or she has used the work of others. The candidate may not present, as the thesis, any work that has been the basis of the award of a degree of this University, or other institution, but is not precluded from incorporating such work in the thesis provided that, in presenting the thesis, the candidate indicates the part of the work that has been so incorporated. The thesis may be presented in: (1) a format with multiple chapters including introductory and concluding chapters; or (2) in a three-section format where the first section includes a statement of the research question being addressed and a review of literature, the second section is a self-contained article in a journal format, and the third section is an extended conclusion and/or practical applications. In addition to these sections, appendices may be added to include additional methodology, data, software, or other technical details.

2. The candidate shall submit a pdf copy of the thesis to the School's Academic Manager's office.

Examination of Thesis

Before submitting the completed Recommendation of Examiners Form, available at https://www.une.edu.au/about-une/faculty-of-science-agriculture-business-and-law/school-of-science-and-technology/current-students, the Head of School must first discuss a field of potential examiners (a minimum of three) with the principal supervisor. The Head of School makes the final selection.

It is the responsibility of the School to ascertain whether potential examiners not including the third examiner, are willing and able to examine, and their agreement to examine must be clearly stated on the recommendation to the Head of School.

Conflicts of Interest:

A person should not be nominated as an examiner if s/he:

  • has had any involvement in the student's research, including supervision of the candidate in field or laboratory work or elsewhere during candidature;
  • is a close associate (spouse/partner, other relative, friend or business partner) of either the candidate or the supervisor of the candidate.

A conflict of interest needs to be declared if an examiner:

  • has been a student under supervision of the supervisor either at UNE or elsewhere
  • has co-published or co-edited or conducted any research with the candidate
  • has co-published or co-edited with any member of the supervision panel in the last 5 years
  • has worked in the same department within an institution as the candidate
  • has been used as a reviewer/examiner for a previous qualification of the candidate
  • has had any other working or supervisor relationship with the candidate or supervisor that could be perceived as a conflict of interest. Refer to Conflicts of Interest Policy for guidance.

Any likely conflict of interest must be declared on the Recommendation of Examiners Form.  The existence of a conflict of interest does not automatically preclude a nominee being approved as a thesis examiner.  When considering a nominee, the Head of School looks at the nature and severity of any conflict(s) of interest.

Note: Where an impasse is reached during either primary examination or re-examination after revision, it is possible that the Reserve Examiner may be activated for the purpose of adjudication.

On the recommendation of the supervisor or supervisors, the School Education Committee will appoint two examiners, at least one will be external to the University. Examiners will be sent the relevant degree information.

The examiners of the thesis will make recommendations on a grade and mark in accordance with the University Assessment Rule. Students will not be required to make subsequent changes or corrections to the examined thesis but the examiners' reports will be provided to the student as feedback.

In the case of where the examiners' mark differ by greater than 10%, examiners may consult with each other to reach a closer agreement, prior to a third examiner being sought.  Should a third examiner be appointed, then independent of the two examiners, the thesis will be examined.  The Committee will meet to consider all reports and determine the final mark and grade.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Master of Neuroscience aims to provide students with the opportunity to study Neuroscience from a research or clinical perspective. The Master of Neuroscience will produce graduates with specialised knowledge of the specific neurobiological processes that underlie a range of behaviour.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, through their own study and practice, advanced knowledge of neuroanatomy, cellular function within the brain, and how these may impinge upon a range of human behaviour;
  2. utilise cognitive and communication skills, tools and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of researchers and clinicians working in a multidisciplinary team related to neuroscience;
  3. demonstrate a well-developed ability to use creativity and judgement in analysing neurobiological processes as they relate to human behaviour and to focus those abilities to everyday issues in neuroscience;
  4. demonstrate advanced skills analysing information and evaluating evidence based practice/research drawn from a range of sources, reports, organisations and data sets;
  5. demonstrate and apply an advanced ability to critically evaluate and formulate proposals for undertaking research and/or conducting clinical assessments of neurological processes; and
  6. demonstrate a preparedness to pursue a specialised knowledge and understanding to enhance professional skills and research and/or clinical outcomes in the general field of neuroscience.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have an advanced/specialised knowledge of neuroscience through the learning and teaching activities associated with each unit and interaction with the unit coordinators, in lectures and tutorials, placement, online activities and discussion board. Students will be assessed using assignments, individual and group projects, research reports, clinical placement logs and examinations.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have advanced cognitive and communication skills related to neuroscientific activities acquired through written assignments and reports, oral presentations and participation in online activities and discussion boards.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have well-developed problem solving skills in many aspects of research and clinical neuroscience. All units teach and assess problem-solving skills.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to analyse and evaluate information about neuroscience from a range of sources, using a range of technologies. Students are required to demonstrate information literacy in assessment tasks for all units.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will have an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and ethical issues related to collection and dissemination of information about neuroscience. Social responsibility and professional practice is embedded in the course content.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have the fundamental skills required to supplement their knowledge and to keep abreast of any changes in the field of neuroscience.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to apply skills and knowledge individually and as part of collaborative teams in the general field of neuroscience. They will be able to work with intellectual independence, and to collaborate as part of a multidisciplinary team with colleagues and clients. Working in a group environment is an essential component of the course and in provision of expert advice in the fields of clinical and research neuroscience.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

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International Students

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