Start Date


3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444600 (Internal)

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Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Degree overview

  • Study South Australia’s only undergraduate degree specialising in cognitive neuroscience.
  • Join Australia's No. 1 university for work-ready graduates in psychology1.
  • Ranked South Australia's No. 1 university for psychology research2, and teaching quality in psychology3.
  • Graduate with a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • Gain practical experience in our state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories on campus.
  • Gain real-world experience through a research placement.
  • Undertake further study towards becoming a registered psychologist or research psychologist.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities only. 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). 3ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 (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 facilities and dedicated laboratories.

If you finish your degree with a distinction Grade Point Average (GPA), you may be eligible for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). With further study you could also become a registered psychologist or research psychologist. To follow this career path at UniSA, you will need to go on to complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), followed by additional postgraduate studies in psychology.

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.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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, 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 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.

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

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.

With further study at UniSA, you could also become a registered psychologist or research psychologist. To follow this career path at UniSA, you will need to go on to complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), followed by additional postgraduate studies in psychology.

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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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:


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our 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:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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 advanced facilities including modern 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:

  • 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

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 Georgina Heath

Program Director

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Dr Georgina Heath

Program Director


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What others are saying

“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)