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3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 30,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

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

  • Study South Australia’s only undergraduate cognitive neuroscience degree.
  • Join SA’s number one university for psychology research1 and number one in SA for teaching quality in psychology2.
  • Study with the No.1 University in SA for graduate careers in Psychology3.
  • Graduate with a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • Gain practical experience in our on-campus laboratories.
  • Gain real-world experience through a research placement.

1The 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).  2ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.  3ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.



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 laboratories.

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 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
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Neuroscience Across the Lifespan BEHL 3025 4.5
Psychology Research Experience BEHL 3028 4.5 Note(s): 3
Students must complete at least 1 of the following Specialist Psychology Courses Note(s): 1
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5

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 and 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:

  • research reports
  • quizzes
  • presentations
  • article evaluations
  • skill demonstrations
  • essays
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. 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 cognitive neuroscience degree offered in South Australia – it is also taught by world-class researchers, at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology1.

You will gain practical experience in our state-of-the-art, on-campus laboratories. Here you will investigate brain activity and its impact on cognitive processes and behaviour. You will also learn using state-of-the-art 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 know-how – these experiences also offer opportunities to build vital industry networks.

1The 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).

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:

  • research assistant: assist with academic research; you may gain employment with a university or research institute
  • assistant neuropsychologist: assist a neuropsychologist; neuropsychologists often work as researchers or teachers, or are employed by hospitals or healthcare facilities
  • 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
  • disability worker or case worker: work with and provide support for clients with neuropsychological or neurological conditions

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.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion of the program, graduates will have met the prerequisites to apply for fourth year programs in Psychology.

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:


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 student at the University of South Australia 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, laboratories, and areas 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 have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

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

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

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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas 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:

  • state-of-the-art observation rooms where you can practice your skills with real-life scenarios
  • on-campus laboratories
Your study spaces

Your program director

Even as a child I was curious to know what was inside things… what made them function. Cognitive neuroscience is ultimately about the human mind, what’s inside it and how it functions.

Mrs Cathy Balfour

Program Director

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Portrait image for Mrs Cathy Balfour

Mrs Cathy Balfour

Program Director


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