Okay guys, I really need some good advice here. I've been going crazy doing research online but everything's really vague so I've decided to post here in the end.
So, I'm stuck between choosing either genetics, molecular biol or biology. I'm immensely interested in neuroscience, esp mental health/neuropsychiatry. I realise I'll have to do a masters and possibly a Phd after my undergrad to specialise in my area of interest. The problem is, I don't know which undergrad degree will be better for me. Out of the 3, I'd have to say I'm most interested in genetics but if the other 2 will give me an advantage in the field, I'm willing to go for them.
Also, I realise there is a straight up neuroscience degree but I'm not too sure about doing that. I'd prefer to do a more biological course before specialising, just so I gain more scientific knowledge.
Another problem is, I don't want to do an undergrad that's too "narrow" in the sense that it'll limit my graduate prospects, just in case my interests change and I decide to do something completely different. So, any advice?
Thanks in advance for any help!
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- 17-08-2014 01:14
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- 19-08-2014 15:45
Based on your current interests I'd say a broad based biology course and of course interests change over time and after exposure to other areas of biology.
- 19-08-2014 20:17
You can pretty much do a Masters in a bunch of things if you'd rather do something else. For example, if you do a Biology degree and find out you want to become a neurogeneticist, you can do a Genetics MSc. However, the optimal approach, assuming you did want to do that, is to do a degree in Genetics, MRes in Genetics/Neuroscience and then the PhD.
Molecular Biology is less narrow than genetics, but if you know you want to do neuroscience then I would definitely favour the latter.
- 16-09-2014 02:11
Lots of unis have biological science courses that start off with a common first year. At York, for instance, Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Ecology all start off the same during the first year. You can pretty much switch courses whenever you want(I know someone who went from Ecology to Biology to Ecology again) and if you do Biology you can specialise at any point during your degree(as long as you have chosen suitable modules throughout the years). If you don't specialise, you can choose to do any modules from any of the courses and finish with a Biology degree, having done all the modules that someone finishing Genetics, for instance, would have done. I know there's many other unis that do the same thing. So you could just go for something like this, and then decide later on which one you want to do.