To become a researcher in neuroscience, you first need to study science subjects at school. You should then study a science-based undergraduate degree such as Neuroscience or Biomedical Science, followed by a Masters and PhD programme in Neuroscience.
As well as being passionate about science, it’s useful for neuroscientists to have good manual skills. You are likely to be involved in dissecting very small samples under a microscope, which can be manually challenging.
Many Neuroscience students go on to further study and become academic research scientists. Others go on to study medicine by taking graduate entry into medicine programmes. There are also many other potential careers for Neuroscience students, including:
- Researchers for charities or government organisations
- Scientific publishers
- Patent attorneys
Neuroscience and Psychology both look at how the brain works but from very different perspectives. Visit a university open day to find out more about both of these areas to see which would be best for you.