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I'm just about to go into my final year of a Neuroscience degree at the University of Sussex, & therefore I am beginning to think about the future once I finish. I am expecting to graduate with a 1st/high 2:1 if all goes well.

I have been weighing up some options but each have some big pros & cons:

1. Applying for the NHS Trainee Scientist Programme in Neurophysiology. Out of all of the options, this seems to have the best balance in further neuroscience education, whilst also earning money & having good career opportunities beyond it. However, from what I can tell there were only 6 places across the whole country in last years application & therefore I don't want to pin all my hopes on it. Has anyone been on this programme & is able to offer advice on the likelihood of getting on it?

2. Doing a masters (neuroimaging/clinical neurology etc.), however it seems that funding is extremely difficult to find, & I cannot afford to do a masters without this. Is it really worth biting the bullet & doing a masters as you're more likely to get further with it afterwards?

3. Going straight into a job, such as a Resarch Technician/Assistant. I understand this may be hard though with just a degree, & i'm not sure of how the pay would be in the long term without further education

4. Trying to get onto a graduate scheme, although I'm yet to have found a neuroscience graduate scheme, & i'm not sure of my chances on a general Glaxo type scheme without a biochem degree. Can anyone suggest any companies which are more likely to be looking for neuroscience graduates?


Can any neuroscience graduates offer any advice or experience as to which routes you have taken or decided against & why?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Current research assistant posts etc to give you an idea of salary etc : http://www.indeed.co.uk/jobs?q=neuroscience&l=
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As a neuroscience graduate you may also be able to do 'consultancy' work in industry - I know a couple people who have gone on to do it from neuroscience PhDs. However, with just an undergrad degree, I'm not so sure of your chances.
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(Original post by abbeyhk)
I'm just about to go into my final year of a Neuroscience degree at the University of Sussex, & therefore I am beginning to think about the future once I finish. I am expecting to graduate with a 1st/high 2:1 if all goes well.

I have been weighing up some options but each have some big pros & cons:

1. Applying for the NHS Trainee Scientist Programme in Neurophysiology. Out of all of the options, this seems to have the best balance in further neuroscience education, whilst also earning money & having good career opportunities beyond it. However, from what I can tell there were only 6 places across the whole country in last years application & therefore I don't want to pin all my hopes on it. Has anyone been on this programme & is able to offer advice on the likelihood of getting on it?

2. Doing a masters (neuroimaging/clinical neurology etc.), however it seems that funding is extremely difficult to find, & I cannot afford to do a masters without this. Is it really worth biting the bullet & doing a masters as you're more likely to get further with it afterwards?

3. Going straight into a job, such as a Resarch Technician/Assistant. I understand this may be hard though with just a degree, & i'm not sure of how the pay would be in the long term without further education

4. Trying to get onto a graduate scheme, although I'm yet to have found a neuroscience graduate scheme, & i'm not sure of my chances on a general Glaxo type scheme without a biochem degree. Can anyone suggest any companies which are more likely to be looking for neuroscience graduates?


Can any neuroscience graduates offer any advice or experience as to which routes you have taken or decided against & why?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I'm doing a masters but in sport science. For your masters you could apply for a Career Development Loan with either Barclays or the Co-op. I applied with Barclays and they got back to me relatively quickly (within 2 weeks). I have no idea whether you will be able to get a loan for a neuroscience masters but it's worth a look if you haven't already.
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1) Once next term is up and running and academics have caught their breath, email a few likely Depts (ie. with Masters courses you'd be interested in) and ask 'what funding is available?' or 'how have previous students financed this course?'. Not only will this give you info about any bits of funding that you can apply for, it will put your name on the radar - often there are bits of Departmental funding that don't get advertised and only those who bother to ask will ever find out about them.

2) Many STEM Research Assistant vacancies are open to those with only a first degree (2i or First) - don't assume they are only available to those with a PhD. Read the job ads carefully. With one of these on your CV, you would be far more likely to get any available funding - both for a Masters and a PhD.
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Oxford has a combined MSc and PhD program in Neuroscience (known as '3+1' funding) with 5 studentsgips a year from the Wellcome Trust and seperate one year Studentships for the MsC course : http://www.neuroscience.ox.ac.uk/stu...s-studentships

York has Medical Research Council studentships for specialisation in Biomedical Imaging on their MSc Neuroscience course : http://www.york.ac.uk/psychology/pro...ght/cns/#tab-3

Edinburgh has many general Masters scholarships : http://www.mscneuro.mvm.ed.ac.uk/funding.html

I found this out on a simple Google search of 'Neuroscience MSc Studentships'. There are numerous other studentships at numerous other Unis.
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