Master of Educational Neuroscience

Duration1 year full-time, 4 years part-time
Next start termAnytime
Study modeOnline
Course codeCL85
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Ideal for those who are involved in education whether as a teacher, an academic, a psychologist or social worker – convert your interest in cutting-edge neuroscientific evidence to immediately inform and improve practice in brain-friendly ways.

Throughout your studies, you will discover the importance of neuroscience in education and develop contemporary insights into the brain that will enhance your ability to optimise student learning experiences that will improve both their achievements and wellness – and yours.

You will learn about the brain’s neuroplasticity and how to use that to improve learning and memory through brain-friendly strategies and neuroeducation. Using a growth mindset, you will learn about neuromyths, neuroleadership strategies to lead teams, and research in educational neuroscience, which will greatly enhance your professional practice. Educational Neuroscience is fundamental in our new and emerging landscape in education requiring brain-based strategies that really work.

As you study this course, you will also be able to immediately apply what you have learned to your workplace making it an excellent option for professional development with both short and long-term outcomes for learners.

In addition, this course is offered by flexible online delivery via our Be Different platform, where you set your own pace, and units have been designed to be broken into smaller professional development modules of 10 to 50 hours each, so you'll find that this course truly fits around your life.

The flexible course structure allows you to commence in the Graduate Certificate of Educational Neuroscience and pathway into the masters course with credit for four units.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

Structure & Availability

Wondering how a self-paced postgraduate course Educational Neuroscience works and what to expect? Explore the course details below to find out more.

The Master of Educational Neuroscience is comprised of seven units and as a flexible online course, these units are broken down into smaller modules that you can complete.

The first six units are designed to each require a time commitment of 150 hours, and your final unit, the Capstone Project, has a time commitment of 300 hours. In total, the seven units equate to a total of 1200 hours of study which is approximately 12 months of full-time study when compared to a typical university term structure of two terms of full-time study. However, you will have up to three years from enrolment to complete the course at your own pace.

You will have to complete assessments throughout this course, and these range from online quizzes, case studies and video projects. There are optional additional activities available for those who wish to explore topics further. The difference between traditional university course assessments and this hyperflexible course is that there are no deadlines or due dates - you set your own pace.

Online Availability

Hyperflexible Annual Term, 2023Available Online
Hyperflexible Annual Term, 2024Available Online

This course is open for applications all year round so you can start your studies anytime.

When you study this course via our flexible online Be Different learning platform, not only will you study high-quality course content delivered by our supportive Educational Neuroscience educators, but you also get to set the pace. You are not bound by our traditional term dates for study nor doing assessments. Indeed you can submit your responses to assessment tasks at any time that suits you.


EDED20515 Orientation to Educational Neuroscience
Educators are brain changers through the learning experiences they create (Willis, ca 2018). They are neural architects working with students/clients (Fuller, 2019). It is critical to have informed knowledge about the brain to maximise learning and wellness. In this unit, you will learn how our social brain connects with others in ways that are core to our very existence. You will learn too about neurobiological fundamentals and how neuroplasticity drives the development of neural networks in learning and memory, the role of stress responses in learning, and how sleep, nutrition and movement are critical to a healthy brain. You will gain neuroscientific insights into evidence-based findings, both contemporary and emerging, to enhance your practices to create optimal learning environments that underpin achievement and wellness.

EDED20516 Neuroleadership and Conceptual Approaches in Educational Neuroscience
With so much neuroscientific research emerging daily, having robust, practical models based upon contemporary understandings are critical for professionals to inform practice. You will learn about quality models in Educational Neuroscience exemplified by ‘The Icecap model’ (Newman, 2018) in Neuroleadership. From these, you will also learn practical strategies for professionals and leaders that can be used immediately. You will learn about contemporary evidence from cutting edge research using brain-friendly principles and cover topics including brain architecture, neuroplasticity, genes, epigenetics, maintaining a healthy brain, and the science of learning. The conceptual approaches learnt will provide well-researched, holistic perspectives beneficial to educators, professionals and those with whom they interact. You will develop a new paradigm of achievement and wellness based on neural models that can powerfully inform your practices. As a leader informing your practices using Neuroleadership understandings will impact positively your learning community including colleagues and young people.

EDED20517 Neuroplasticians and Neuromyths
Educators and other professionals quite literally change the brain of students/clients – they are ‘neuroplasticians’ (Willis, ca 2018). Learn how findings from Psychology, Education and Neuroscience (PEN) disciplines co-jointly support brain-friendly principles to improve both achievement and wellness. Learn too about the many neuromyths that abound and how to challenge and avoid those. Unit content is carefully selected from authoritative sources such as Tokuhama-Espinosa, Willis, The Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC), Howard-Jones, Siegel and other prominent, cutting-edge researchers in Educational Neuroscience. You will learn about research-based findings that have immediate practical use with learners including young people and colleagues. You will review contemporary brain teaching guidelines and use those to enhance your practices utilising integrative reflections.

EDED20513 Learning and Memory – A Neuroscientific View
Educators need an understanding of learning and memory that is informed by evidence-based research involving neural activation patterns. In this unit, you will engage with contemporary views on how the brain works and develops by responding to internal and external stimuli. You will learn about how information flows in the brain, and how the brain creates, consolidates, stores and retrieves memories. The knowledge and skills that you develop in this unit may be applied immediately in your professional practice to enhance learning and memory.

EDED29448 Neuroplasticity Project
The essence of education is the facilitation of learning that depends upon the activation of neural networks. In this unit, you will enhance your understanding of how neural networks operate and how to link performance and wellness to establish and maintain optimal learning environments. As an educator, you need a deep and practical understanding of neuroplasticity to further enhance practice. Neuroplasticity can be used to either improve or compromise learning. In your workplace, you will identify a compromised neuroplasticity issue for learners and design a project to address that. In your project, you will evidence an advanced application of your specialised knowledge and skills in neuroplasticity theory and practice.

EDED20512 Applying Educational Neuroscience
As a professional educator, you need to understand the underlying concepts and principles of contemporary Educational Neuroscience. This field within Neuroscience has matured over the past few years. Drawing upon the works of world-renowned experts in the field, you will develop an understanding of how to use contemporary evidence-based knowledge about teaching and learning to further inform your professional practices. In this unit, you will learn how to evaluate neuroscientific information so that you can use high-quality and contemporary knowledge to further enhance your professional practices in an integrated and ethical manner. That includes the use of both conceptual and empirical studies that you may come across in your professional work. You will learn about selecting, analysing, adapting and applying Educational Neuroscience research immediately in your professional practices. You will be able to communicate relevant ideas with both specialist and non-specialist audiences. This may lead you to later doing your own practitioner-based research using approaches from Educational Neuroscience that you will learn about in this unit.

EDED20514 Capstone Project in Educational Neuroscience
In this capstone unit, you will create a project that evidences the application of your specialised knowledge and skills in Educational Neuroscience. To do this you will identify a complex educational issue in your workplace and design a socially innovative solution. Early on in your project’s design, you will co-create its conceptual framework with work colleagues, as relevant, and an assigned CQUniversity academic (Dollinger, Lodge, & Coates, 2018). Following that, you will design the full project and provide a considered view of why student/client achievement and wellness should improve from your socially innovative project. Your project will be planned in a methodologically rigorous and ethically informed way that evidences your use of contemporary evidence-based research and synthesises your learning from Educational Neuroscience.

This course has no residential schools.


Recommended study

The course is 1200 hours. This is a hyperflexible course that is available 24/7 and 365 days a year to support the self-paced study by students.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree or higher equivalent qualification with a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the facilitation of learning of others; OR
  • A CQUniversity Graduate Certificate in Educational Neuroscience; OR
  • Current Teacher Registration with an Australian State or Territory teacher registration authority (or equivalent).

Employment experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between the final examination date and the date of commencement of the study and must appear on a single result certificate.

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Each student will be assessed individually.

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You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term FeeA$8,400
International Indicative First Year FeeA$16,800

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

No scholarships are available for this course.

How to apply

This course is open for applications all year round allowing you to start your studies anytime.

Before you apply, you can register on our Be Different platform and complete an optional orientation unit. This orientation unit is a great taster unit and will give you a feel for the course and the learning platform – it’s a good way to assess whether it’s the right fit, for you.

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