All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
Master of Neuroscience
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70 per cent and at least 8 courses in cognate disciplines*. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.
Master of Neuroscience (Advanced)
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70 per cent and at least 8 courses in cognate disciplines*. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. Students must achieve a minimum 70 per cent weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue to the research component.
* Cognate disciplines: Cellular and molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, medicine, anatomy and physiology, biological psychology
A Master of Neuroscience(Advanced) Scholarship is availalable for the research year of this degree. The scholarship provides a stipend of $6000 for one year, and is awarded on a merit basis. See our scholarships page for more information.
Current ANU students
Currently enrolled students wishing to change the program they are studying may apply for a program transfer. New students may not apply for a program transfer until they have studied for at least one semester/session. Find more information and forms on Students website.
For the purposes of admission and enrolment at ANU, domestic applicants are:
- Australian or New Zealand citizens (or dual citizenship holders of either country)
- Australian permanent residents
- Holders of Australian humanitarian visas
Domestic student application for graduate coursework programs is through the University Admissions Centre.
For the purposes of admission and enrolment at ANU, international applicants are those who are not domestic, which includes:
- Citizens of countries other than Australia or New Zealand
- New Zealand permanent residents
- People who do not hold an Australian permanent resident or humanitarian visa
International students applying for a graduate coursework programs should apply online.
Applying for a higher degree by research is a step by step process outlined below. Students may commence a higher degree by research at any time of the year, however there may be deadlines associated with scholarships that should be considered.
All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy program you will be required to have completed at least a four-year Australian degree or equivalent, with a significant research component equivalent to at least six months full-time research, in an area relevant to your proposed research.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
To be admitted to the Master of Philosophy program you will be required to have completed at least a three-year Australian degree or equivalent with a result of at least 70 per cent.
Step 1: Expression of interest
Prospective research students first need to identify a potential research project and find an academic supervisor.
Preferably, you should start looking for a supervisor around the beginning of the final semester of your Bachelor Degree. Talk to several academics as their ability to accept you as a student in their laboratory depends on many things – what other students they have, what funding they have and whether they will be available for the whole year.
Make sure to discuss potential projects with supervisors as they can be tailored to your interests and skills. At this point please contact the Associate Director HDR for JCSMR (firstname.lastname@example.org) and JCSMR PhD coordinator (email@example.com) with your choice of supervisor.
Step 2: Academic supervisor
Email your academic supervisor directly to enquire about projects and supervision. Your email should outline the reason(s) why you are attracted to their field of research, the type of research you would like to pursue and a summary of your academic qualifications and research experience. You may also submit a short research proposal however this is not mandatory at this point.
The academic supervisor may contact you to discuss your research proposal and possibly other projects; or they may forward your email to other staff in the research school / centre.
Once an academic supervisor has been confirmed to support your application you may proceed to step three. If you have discussed projects with other supervisors, please let them know as a courtesy. They need to remain informed as it affects their decision to accept other students.
Step 3: Scholarship
ANU, Colleges and individual research schools, offer a number of scholarships which are awarded on a merit basis. You can also talk to your academic supervisor about other sources of funding you might access to assit with living expenses and tuition fees, since fulltime research students are normally allowed to work no more than 10 hours per week.
Please note, international research scholarships are only awarded to outstanding students and are extremely competitive. Domestic students should be aware that if you are applying for mid year entry your chances of obtaining scholarship funding may be greatly diminished.
Scholarship applications are included in the program application process, step four.
Step 4: Application
Applicants should apply online. Application for admission to a higher degree by research and scholarship is combined in the single application. A one page research proposal and three academic referee reports also need to be included. Ask your referees to complete the referee report form (DOC 69.6 KB) and submit directly to ANU.
Note that the online application form does not have to be completed in one session. You can log in at any time to complete or edit your application before submitting.