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Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology

Study Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology at ANU

The Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology (BPNP) program draws upon Australian National University's world-leading strengths in philosophy (top 10 in the world), neuroscience and psychology to take you on a pioneering and interdisciplinary academic journey. The program will foster a unique environment where innovation, collaboration, and cutting-edge research converge to challenge traditional boundaries of thought.

The BPNP will challenge you to think differently, explore the uncharted territories of the mind-brain relationship, and contribute to ground-breaking research in this dynamic field. Join us on this transformative academic journey where innovation knows no bounds.

This program is available for applications to commence from first semester, 2025

What you will learn

 

You will explore philosophical questions related to the mind-brain connection, delving into the conceptual foundations that underpin our understanding of the brain and mind. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the intricate relationship between the brain and cognitive processes, with access to world-class facilities, resources, and some of the country’s leading scientists at the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience in the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australia’s national medical research institute. Studying psychology will uncover the human mind and behaviour, and the mysteries of consciousness, perception, and cognition.

  1. Understand and evaluate a variety of philosophical and scientific traditions about the relationship between brain, mind, and behaviour.
  2. Engage in critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources.
  3. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  4. Plan and engage in sustained critical investigations and evaluations of research topics both independently and as part of collaborative groups.
  5. Display excellence in critical thinking, including the ability to critically evaluate a variety of inductive and deductive arguments.
  6. Demonstrate the capability to employ discipline-based knowledge in transdisciplinary problem solving.
  7. Show insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ knowledge and indigenous peoples’ perspectives.
  8. Show familiarity with discipline-specific experimental approaches, simulations and research methodology.
     

What it's like to study Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology

Explore the complex relationship between mind and brain

"Our graduates will gain analytic skills to critically evaluate theoretical and experimental approaches from multiple perspectives, both big picture and detail, and will learn to apply these skills to real-world problems. It is a dynamic field that enables multidisciplinary experience in one person."

Meet some of your teachers

Professor Ehsan Arabzadeh

“Students will be challenged to think differently, and from the outset, will take a fundamental research question, and interrogate it across the three disciplines.Side-by-side with scientists, they’ll have with firsthand experience of what it's like to be in a lab, and to run experiments and simulations. And that's quite rare. Particularly at the Undergraduate level.”

- Program Convenor and Neuroscientist

Professor Colin Klein

"There are unchartered territories when it come to the mind and brain relationship, and this program is charting a new path for both students and society."

- ANU Philosopher and Course Coordinator

 

Associate Professor Anne Aimola Davies

“Momentum is already building. Some of our current psychology students already do courses in philosophy or neuroscience, and there is a genuine excitement for the combination of these three disciplines in the new BPNP degree – and a wish that they could have done it!”

-Neuropsychologist and Course Coordinator

Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology careers

The BPNP program will cultivate a holistic understanding of the mind-brain connection. The program provides experience that will benefit graduates who intend to to apply for further study in the fields philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. The BPNP is an excellent launch pad for a career in research, consulting, behavioural analysis, policy development, user-experience research, education, politics, medicine, and working in the public and private sectors.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

Determine the best way to apply

There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

In addition to meeting academic requirements, we have introduced a compulsory co-curricular or service requirement.

Make sure you have met the co-curricular or service requirement and provide the appropriate documentation.

Gather supporting documents

Entry to the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology is based on meeting the minimum selection rank requirement and involves an assessment of suitability based on the questions included in the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology Supplementary Form. Submission of this form is compulsory for all applicants. 

For domestic applicants applying direct to ANU: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology as a preference is 13 May 2024. The final deadline to submit the form is 20 May 2024 (you must have submitted your application by 13 May 2024). We will assess your application based on your Year 11 results plus any adjustments and the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology supplementary form. Offers will be released in the September round only. Those who accept their September offer will have their offer honoured and confirmed in the December or January round as long as they complete Year 12 with an ATAR. The Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology will not be available to add during the change of preference dates and no new offers will be released in the December or January round.

For domestic applicants applying via UAC: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology as a preference and submit the form is 1st December 2024. 

Submit your application

Tick your application off your list so it's one less thing you need to think about.There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Receiving a conditional offer

If your application is successful you will receive an early conditional offer.  A conditional offer will be converted to a full offer when you meet the academic requirements for your program and any other conditions included in your conditional offer.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Upon meeting the conditions of your conditional offer, you will receive a final offer. Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

Entry to the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology is based on meeting the minimum selection rank requirement and involves an assessment of suitability based on the questions included in the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology Supplementary Form. Submission of this form is compulsory for all applicants. 

For international applicants applying direct to ANU: The final deadline to add the Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology as a preference and submit the form is 15 November 2024.

For international applicants applying via UAC: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology as a preference and submit the form is 1st December 2024.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Admission dates & deadlines

Domestic 
 

  • For domestic applicants applying direct to ANU: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology as a preference is 13 May 2024. The final deadline to submit the form is 20 May 2024 (you must have submitted your application by 13 May 2024). We will assess your application based on your Year 11 results plus any adjustments and the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology supplementary form. Offers will be released in the September round only. Those who accept their September offer will have their offer honoured and confirmed in the December or January round as long as they complete Year 12 with an ATAR. The Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology will not be available to add during the change of preference dates and no new offers will be released in the December or January round.
     
  • For domestic applicants applying via UAC: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology as a preference and submit the form is 1st December 2024.

International 

  • For international applicants applying direct to ANU: The final deadline to add the Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology as a preference and submit the form is 15 November 2024.
     
  • For international applicants applying via UAC: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology as a preference and submit the form is 1st December 2024.

Applications for internal degree transfers will not be available in 2025.

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