Start date


3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 32,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Join Australia's Top 10 university for graduate skills in psychology1
  • UniSA’s psychology research is recognised globally as world-class2
  • Graduate with a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. 
  • Benefit from our state-of-the-art campus facilities, including a Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Psychology Clinic and a live-in Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory. 
  • Gain real-world experience through a research placement - UniSA is the only University in South Australia to offer work placement opportunities as part of all 3-year undergraduate Psychology degrees.
  • Discover how you can undertake further study towards becoming a registered psychologist or research psychologist.

1Ranked #7, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities. 2The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).? 



Investigate the interaction between brain function and human behaviour when you study South Australia’s only cognitive neuroscience degree.

This exciting degree integrates psychology and biology, preparing you for a rewarding and stimulating career in neuropsychology. You will learn the information needed for a career in this specialisation, as well as gain practical experience in our on-campus facilities and dedicated laboratories.

With additional postgraduate study, you can become a registered psychologist or research psychologist. Find out more.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

At the completion of this degree you will have a sound knowledge of psychology, combined with specialist knowledge and research skills in cognitive neuroscience. You will also study a combination of specialist psychology courses, electives and courses from the Cognitive Neuroscience major.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Biology A BIOL 1007 4.5
Personal and Professional Development BEHL 1033 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Foundations in Cognitive Neuroscience BEHL 1024 4.5
Aboriginal Australians and Psychology BEHL 1032 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Human Anatomy 200 HLTH 2022 4.5
Cognitive Neuroscience BEHL 3021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Data Science for Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology BEHL 2023 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
States of Awareness BEHL 2015 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 1
The Neuroscience of Language BEHL 3030 4.5
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Exploring the History and Foundations of Psychology BEHL 3037 4.5
Neuroscience Across the Lifespan BEHL 3025 4.5
Psychology Research Experience BEHL 3028 4.5 Note(s): 2

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies
  • research reports
  • projects
  • presentations
  • essays
  • quizzes
  • article evaluations
  • journals
  • examinations.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Why this Degree

This is the only undergraduate degree specialising in cognitive neuroscience offered in South Australia.

You will gain practical experience in our state-of-the-art campus facilities, including our Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Psychology Clinic and Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory. Here you will investigate brain activity and its impact on cognitive processes and behaviour. You will also learn using cutting-edge technology, such as EEG, and will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of developments in cognitive neuroscience research.

Further practical experience will be gained through research placements, which will help to extend your practical expertise – these experiences also offer opportunities to build vital industry networks.

Real-world connections

Beyond connecting with industry through research placements, you will also gain access to University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

This could be you

Hear from UniSA staff and former Psychology students Dr Alex Agostini and Dr Stephanie Centofanti on where a degree in Psychology can take you.

UniSA Video

Career outcomes

Your career

Clear and critical thinking skills and an interest in human behaviour and biology are key attributes of students considering a career in cognitive neuroscience.

Careers to consider include:

  • Cognitive neuroscientist: research the relationship between the brain and mind to understand how thoughts, memories, languages and actions are processed.
  • Behavioural scientist: develop and test behavioural interactions and cognitive processes.
  • Clinical laboratory manager: coordinate and organise ongoing activity in a laboratory environment related to the field of psychology and/or neuroscience.
  • Data analyst: collect and analyse data to understand cognitive processing.
  • Assistant neuropsychologist: assist a neuropsychologist; neuropsychologists often work as researchers or teachers or are employed by hospitals or healthcare facilities.
  • Research assistant: assist with academic research; you may gain employment with a university or research institute.
  • Clinical neurophysiological technician: record electrical activity of the brain and nervous system; daily tasks may involve reviewing patient history, gathering data and preparing patients for testing.
  • Laboratory technician (clinical or research): collect samples, perform tests on body specimens and record results.
  • Registered psychologist or research psychologist (with further study): work with patients to identify and diagnose emotional, mental and behavioural issues.

This degree can also be used as a pathway to further study in areas such as clinical psychology, neuropsychology, or other areas of health science.

You could also become a registered psychologist or research psychologist with further study. To follow this career path at UniSA, you must complete the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree. Students can apply to transfer into the full four-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree if they have achieved a minimum GPA of 6 and have completed between 4 courses and 2.5 years of a UniSA bachelor degree. Find out more.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Industry facts


Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 39,300 (24.3 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


By 2024, employment for counsellors is projected to increase by 24.8 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment 2019

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways


There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a psychology student, you will have access to dedicated teaching and learning spaces, including:

• Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
• Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory
• Psychology Clinic.

Your study spaces

Your program director

You will graduate from your Psychology program with a knowledge of theories and concepts, along with critical and analytical research skills through a mix of practical and theoretical learning opportunities. I look forward to working with you to understand how the skills and knowledge you will develop can be applied to your chosen career pathway – either as a psychologist or in a broad range of other career opportunities.

Dr Alex Agostini

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Alex Agostini

Dr Alex Agostini

Program Director


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The highlight of my time at UniSA would have to be the opportunity to study overseas. It was an incredibly valuable experience, which enabled me to gain international connections and communicate with people from different cultures. I love the opportunities offered to students, but I think what I’ve enjoyed the most is the course content – it is engaging, fun and an interesting way to learn and remember important things.

Michaela Pupi

Bachelor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)


Michaela Pupi

Bachelor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)