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Fundamentals of Neuroscience is a three-course series delivered via edX and Harvard University. It explores the structure and function of the nervous system—from the inner workings of a single nerve cell to the staggering complexity of the brain and the social interactions they enable.

  • Expert Instruction

    3 courses over 15 weeks delivered by Harvard University and edX. with the worlds leading university instructors.

  • Career Projection

    Neuroscience will help you better understand how to shape your future in the right way. Understanding and applying neuroscience to the world of work will have a phenomenal impact on organisations.

  • Delivery

    Through fun animations, documentaries, and interactive virtual labs discover what makes the brain tick and how we perceive the world around us.

3 Courses

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part 1: The Electrical Properties of the Neuron

    Learn how electricity makes the neurons in your brain tick. You'll learn the fundamentals of bioelectricity, the importance of resting potential, the properties of passive membranes, action potentials, their currents, and their role in the nervous system and how you can do neuroscience in your home.

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part 2: Neurons and Networks

    Discover how neurons work together to create complex networks inside the brain. You'll learn the basics of synapses, how neurons communicate with each other, how interconnected neurons in neuronal circuits interact with each other and the role of neuromodulation in the firing of synapses.

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part 3: The Brain

    Discover what makes your brain tick in this third course in our introductory series in neuroscience. You'll learn how sensory perception works in the brain, how the physiology of vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch, motor control and other senses work, the basic anatomy of functional areas of the brain, the visual system of the brain, how the motor subsystems of the brain execute and coordinate our movement and the critical brain systems that keep us alive.

The Fundamentals of Neuroscience is offered by our partners at edX and is delivered by Harvard University (HarvardX). You will be forwarded to the edX course page for more information.

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Based on the introductory neurobiology courses taught at Harvard College, Fundamentals of Neuroscience is a three-part series that explores the structure and function of the entire nervous system — from the microscopic inner workings of a single nerve cell to the staggering complexity of the brain.


You’ll study the electrical properties of individual neurons, examine how neurons pass signals to one another, and how complex dynamics result from just a few neurons. You’ll explore sensation, perception, and the physiology of functional regions of the brain.


Through fun animations, documentaries, and interactive virtual labs discover what makes the brain tick and how we perceive the world around us.

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What you will learn

  • Fundamentals of bioelectricity

  • The importance of resting potential

  • The properties of passive membranes

  • Action potentials, their currents, and their role in the nervous system

  • How you can do neuroscience in your home

  • Basics of synapses

  • How neurons communicate with each other

  • How interconnected neurons in neuronal circuits interact with each other

  • How the physiology of vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch, motor control and other senses work

  • How sensory perception works in the brain

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