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Hi! I’d like to work doing research about the brain.

I’ve been told I should go to medicine for that, but, based on my knowledge, medicine is more focused on treating patients, surgeries, etc.

Is there a better suited course for what I want? Psychology with a masters focused on neurology, biomed engineering, etc.?
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Hi! I’d like to work doing research about the brain.

I’ve been told I should go to medicine for that, but, based on my knowledge, medicine is more focused on treating patients, surgeries, etc.

Is there a better suited course for what I want? Psychology with a masters focused on neurology, biomed engineering, etc.?
Neurology is a medical specialty - you need to do a medicine degree first and specialise in that.

You want to study neuroscience as an undergrad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroscience

Plenty of UK universities offer this course.
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Thank you! Btw do you happen to know the exact difference between cognitive science, neuroscience and neurology?

I’m not from the uk but I didn’t know where else to ask this so here it is haha.
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Thank you! Btw do you happen to know the exact difference between cognitive science, neuroscience and neurology?

I’m not from the uk but I didn’t know where else to ask this so here it is haha.
Well I am a medical doctor practising neurology... so I can tell you what that is - it's a medical specialty looking after patients with neurological disorders. https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...cine/neurology

It's nothing to do with neuroscience (directly - obviously our specialty will advance with neuroscientific research); and you don't get an advantage (over any other degree) if you applied to specialise in neurology with a neuroscience degree. Cognitive neuroscience is a branch of neuroscience research. https://neuro.georgetown.edu/about-neuroscience/
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Thank you! Btw do you happen to know the exact difference between cognitive science, neuroscience and neurology?

I’m not from the uk but I didn’t know where else to ask this so here it is haha.
As a neuroscientist, what I do essentially involves researching some aspect of the brain/nervous system to better understand it. This will usually be in a lab but increasingly can be bioinformatic or some other computational format. For example my work focuses on getting a better understanding, at a molecular level, of what happens to motor neurons in ALS patients (where these neurons selectively die), with an aim to using this knowledge to repurpose drugs. Other stuff might look at other disease mechanisms and look at other diseases, neurodevelopment, neuronal differentiation etc. Plenty of areas you could look at.
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(Original post by LeonardoViegas)
Hi! I’d like to work doing research about the brain.

I’ve been told I should go to medicine for that, but, based on my knowledge, medicine is more focused on treating patients, surgeries, etc.

Is there a better suited course for what I want? Psychology with a masters focused on neurology, biomed engineering, etc.?
bioscience degrees would be good i think but you probably need a masters or phD, but i think you can also do research as a doctor if you want (not entirely sure tho)
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