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4 year(s) full-time


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444551 (Internal)

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Full-time or part-time


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Degree overview

  • Study South Australia’s only undergraduate degree specialising in cognitive neuroscience.
  • Join Australia's Top 10 university for graduate skills in psychology1.
  • Ranked South Australia’s No. 1 university for psychology research.
  • Gain advanced research skills, and have the opportunity to have your manuscripts published in scientific journals.
  • 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 a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • Have the opportunity to complete work placement in your third year.
  • 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). 



South Australia’s only cognitive neuroscience honours degree integrates biology and psychology, offering a unique opportunity for you to explore the neural underpinnings of human cognition and behaviour.

State-of-the-art learning facilities, including a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, Psychology Clinic and sleep and chronobiology laboratory, offer the opportunity for you to learn in a real-world environment. This practical learning environment will see you graduate with hands-on, practical skills and knowledge.

With further study you could also become a registered psychologist or research psychologist. To follow this career path, you must complete additional postgraduate studies in psychology. Find out more

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Explore brain function and how it is impacted by social and developmental factors with this unique degree that combines biology and psychology. Core psychology courses, along with courses in cognitive neuroscience, anatomy and physiology, will make up the content during your first three years of study.

Many of these courses include a practical component. Research studies are also a key focus. During your third year you will also select from a number of psychology-specific professional development courses, which will complement the degree’s core content. These courses include:

  • Health Psychology
  • Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Language, Context and Social Behaviour
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Psychophysiology of Sleep
  • Psychological Assessment

During your final year you will undertake advanced coursework and a supervised research project.

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
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
States of Awareness BEHL 2015 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5
The Neuroscience of Language BEHL 3030 4.5
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 1
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
Rule(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology Research Methods BEHL 4052 4.5
Psychology Honours Research Project 1 BEHL 4056 9
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Psychology Honours Research Project 2 BEHL 4057 9
Communicating Research BEHL 4063 4.5
Introduction to Psychological Practice BEHL 4060 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, 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:

  • research reports
  • essays and assignments
  • presentations and skills demonstrations
  • 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


This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

During the honours preparation, you will undertake courses in research methods and ethics. Within the honours thesis course, you will undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation. You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for future leadership roles and postgraduate study.

Why Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Why this Degree

This is the only cognitive neuroscience honours degree offered in South Australia – it is taught by world-class researchers at a university ranked number one in South Australia for research in Psychology1.

Studying this degree will see you graduate industry-ready; you will explore the impact that social and developmental factors have on cognition in our state-of-the-art laboratories, as well as explore the brain-based mechanisms behind these processes.

You will also benefit from our award-winning research, and as part of your studies complete in-depth research and project work that will equip you with specialised skills needed for a career in this area.

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).

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

The ability to listen and analyse, plus the possession of critical thinking skills and an interest in human behaviour and biology, are key attributes of students considering a career in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Careers to consider: 

  • 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 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 and record results 
  • research assistant: assist with academic research; research assistants are often employed by universities or research institutes
  • laboratory manager (clinical or research): coordinate and organise ongoing activity in a laboratory environment related to the field of psychology and/or neuroscience
  • clinical neuropsychologist (with further study): use scientific study of human behaviour and how it relates to brain function to assess patients and offer treatment; neuropsychologists often work as researchers or teachers, or are employed by hospitals or healthcare facilities 
  • researcher in psychology or neuroscience (with further study): collect and analyse data, conduct tests and experiments, and observe behaviour relating to a specific area of research
  • registered psychologist or research psychologist (with further study*): work with patients to identify and diagnose emotional, mental and behavioural issues

*To follow this career path at UniSA, you will need to complete further study. Find out more.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion of the program, graduates will have met the academic requirements for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society and the prerequisites to apply for postgraduate study in Psychology.

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: 


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. 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 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 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: 

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
  • Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory
  • Psychology Clinic
  • Dedicated teaching and learning spaces
Your study spaces

Your program director

My research focuses on the development of a model of language that respects basic design principles of the human brain. I am also interested in the neurobiology of reading, language and ageing, and the notion of "complexity" in cognitive science especially in language theory.

Dr Alex Agostini

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Alex Agostini

Dr Alex Agostini

Program Director


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What others are saying

As part of this degree I had the opportunity to visit neuroscience labs and gain first-hand experience with brain imaging techniques such as EEG (Electroencephalography). This provided me with a closer view of the theory explored in class.

Purva Gadhia

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Cognitive Neuroscience)
Psychotherapist | SA Health Internship

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Purva Gadhia

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Cognitive Neuroscience)
Psychotherapist | SA Health Internship