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I've always been fascinated with neuroscience and am currently thinking of pursuing a career in around that field (more towards the research side but I'm uncertain). I'm going to go into my A-levels next year (Biology, Politics, Chemistry, Maths) and don't know what university course I should be aiming for? I don't want to be too specialised right from the start (and have been advised against this also) in case Neuroscience isn't my thing but I know it takes a while to go into scientific fields so it's better to start earlier. I would really appreciate some advice from someone with experience, or just generally uni students. Thanks in advance!
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I've always been fascinated with neuroscience and am currently thinking of pursuing a career in around that field (more towards the research side but I'm uncertain). I'm going to go into my A-levels next year (Biology, Politics, Chemistry, Maths) and don't know what university course I should be aiming for? I don't want to be too specialised right from the start (and have been advised against this also) in case Neuroscience isn't my thing but I know it takes a while to go into scientific fields so it's better to start earlier. I would really appreciate some advice from someone with experience, or just generally uni students. Thanks in advance!
Biomedical Sciences (or related courses e.g. Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmacology) would be a suitable and very relevant prelude to graduate study in Neuroscience (such courses often have many neurobiology/science options and sometimes "tracks" within the course for that). More generally, any "biomolecular" style course (e.g. Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology, as well as the above subset of biomedical science related courses) will provide a suitable general background, although some may be less directly related to the subject area.

A Psychology or Cognitive Science background may be suitable for some graduate courses in the area, but you may find your options more limited by that. A Zoology course might provide the relevant background, as there is a good deal of comparative work in neurobiology generally in using animal models, and the "core" mammalian physiology is of course common to humans and other animals (and in the neuro side a lot is just generally common to animals generally - vertebrate and invertebrate). It would need to have a good core content including physiology and aspects of the "biomolecular" content above (i.e. biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics), rather than focusing on the ecological/conservation side. This may be stronger for some projects potentially, and of course if you find yourself interested in animal behaviour specifically as a subset of neuroscience.
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I've always been fascinated with neuroscience and am currently thinking of pursuing a career in around that field (more towards the research side but I'm uncertain). I'm going to go into my A-levels next year (Biology, Politics, Chemistry, Maths) and don't know what university course I should be aiming for? I don't want to be too specialised right from the start (and have been advised against this also) in case Neuroscience isn't my thing but I know it takes a while to go into scientific fields so it's better to start earlier. I would really appreciate some advice from someone with experience, or just generally uni students. Thanks in advance!
Some universities do a neuroscience undergraduate degree like the Russel group ones and they’ll require A’s and B’s
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