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Hello, I’ve recently received offers from some universities for neuroscience and psychology but I’m a bit unsure as to which path to choose, as I’m not sure about what sort of career opportunities there are.

I’ve looked at career options for neuroscience and found the NHS STP programme but I didn’t know if I could apply for the different programmes due to my degree. The other option was to finish the degree and apply for dentistry as it was an ambition which I’ve really wanted to do, but again don’t know if this is possible as I only have two A levels and and AS from dropping a subject. My final option was to obtain a masters and try for a phD as I don’t mind teaching in the future as well.

For psychology career options were to apply for DClinPsy after a masters however I understand it is a very competitive field and will probably need more qualifications. The other options for psychology was for me to teach uni students after a masters and phD as well.

My main concern is being able to be happy in my career whilst also earning a decent salary. Most of the opportunities I’d like to be in is within the health sectors.

I was wondering if anyone who is currently doing neuroscience or psychology could advise me more on their course and future plans

I appreciate that it is a lot 😬
But if anyone could help that’d be great 😊
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Hello, I’ve recently received offers from some universities for neuroscience and psychology but I’m a bit unsure as to which path to choose, as I’m not sure about what sort of career opportunities there are.

I’ve looked at career options for neuroscience and found the NHS STP programme but I didn’t know if I could apply for the different programmes due to my degree. The other option was to finish the degree and apply for dentistry as it was an ambition which I’ve really wanted to do, but again don’t know if this is possible as I only have two A levels and and AS from dropping a subject. My final option was to obtain a masters and try for a phD as I don’t mind teaching in the future as well.

For psychology career options were to apply for DClinPsy after a masters however I understand it is a very competitive field and will probably need more qualifications. The other options for psychology was for me to teach uni students after a masters and phD as well.

My main concern is being able to be happy in my career whilst also earning a decent salary. Most of the opportunities I’d like to be in is within the health sectors.

I was wondering if anyone who is currently doing neuroscience or psychology could advise me more on their course and future plans

I appreciate that it is a lot 😬
But if anyone could help that’d be great 😊
Hi there,

I'm Amy, one of the Outreach Ambassadors at Newcastle University. I graduated in Pharmacology in 2019 and now work in Science Communication at Newcastle University!

You have quite a few options open to you, which is great! Careers in this field are so rewarding.

First off, I wanted to address your worries on Psychology and Neuroscience. Both are fantastic degrees, and can lead to varied careers. Deciding whether to accept a purely neuroscience or purely psychology offer is a difficult choice, however one thing I would mention is that you must consider where your interests lie and what you would like to focus on. With a degree such as Psychology (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/c800/), you will learn about the study of the mind and behaviour - one element of which is neuroscience. It allows you to focus on various areas of Psychology and really work out what interests you! That being said, a degree in Neuroscience allows you to focus more on the intricacies and details of Neuroscience. With a degree in Psychology, you could pick relevant modules to Neuroscience in order to specialise and perhaps complete a Neuroscience masters (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/c...-mres/#profile).

In terms of your ambitions for DClinPsy, as well as your Psychology careers queries, we actually ran a careers-focused Psychology event last week. One of the speakers at the event was a current DClinPsy student, as well as a current Psychology student and a Psychology graduate who is now studying a Neuroscience masters - it is really worth a watch! https://youtu.be/ygFnkCOEvfA

Thinking about Dentistry, if you were to do an undergraduate degree and apply to Dentistry, this is what the admissions team would focus on as opposed to your A Levels. That means this is an option too!

You certainly have a lot of options open to you - sometimes this can be tricky as the amount of choice can make it even harder to pick! The best thing to do is to think about what you enjoy and go from there. You will also explore new areas whilst studying your degree, which will further help you to decide on your career.

Let me know if you have any other questions, and best of luck!

Thanks,
Amy
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Hello, I’ve recently received offers from some universities for neuroscience and psychology but I’m a bit unsure as to which path to choose, as I’m not sure about what sort of career opportunities there are.

I’ve looked at career options for neuroscience and found the NHS STP programme but I didn’t know if I could apply for the different programmes due to my degree. The other option was to finish the degree and apply for dentistry as it was an ambition which I’ve really wanted to do, but again don’t know if this is possible as I only have two A levels and and AS from dropping a subject. My final option was to obtain a masters and try for a phD as I don’t mind teaching in the future as well.

For psychology career options were to apply for DClinPsy after a masters however I understand it is a very competitive field and will probably need more qualifications. The other options for psychology was for me to teach uni students after a masters and phD as well.

My main concern is being able to be happy in my career whilst also earning a decent salary. Most of the opportunities I’d like to be in is within the health sectors.

I was wondering if anyone who is currently doing neuroscience or psychology could advise me more on their course and future plans

I appreciate that it is a lot 😬
But if anyone could help that’d be great 😊
I am a second year Psychology student here at Surrey. Hopefully I can give you some valuable information about my future plans after I complete my Psychology degree.

Firstly, it's completely normal to be unsure on what career path you want to go down! I would suggest try not to let something put you off just because it's competitive. If you fight and put loads of effort it then I guarantee you will be bale to find a job in that field! I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I picked Psychology as that's the subject I enjoyed most. After studying Psychology for a few years I have found a passion for organisational psychology and have gained a placement in this area such as recruitment! After my degree I am hoping to gain a job in a corporate company and hopefully progress from there! Are you wanting to apply for a placement year within your degree? This can give you the opportunity to experience your career path and decide whether it is something you want to do in the future.

But as Psychology is so broad, there is so many job paths you can go down. Therefore if you're not just limited to what you can do with your degree in a job if that makes sense Please see this link to investigate the different career paths you can go down, these are just common ones however the list goes on!. https://www.topuniversities.com/stud...chology-degree

It sounds as though you have many options that sound suitable to you! It is definitely a hard decision to decide to. Like Amy said, I would suggest picking the one you think you will enjoy more as when you're enjoying a subject you are most likely going to excel more in it Also if you do a degree and decide you want to do a career path that's completely different to your degree that's absolutely fine! So please don't worry about it too much!

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any questions and keep me updated on what degree you are choosing

Becca
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Hello, I’ve recently received offers from some universities for neuroscience and psychology but I’m a bit unsure as to which path to choose, as I’m not sure about what sort of career opportunities there are.
Can I clarify - are these degrees "psychology" and "neuroscience" or "psychology and neuroscience"? I just ask because whether they are BPS accredited or not makes a difference if you want to pursue a psychology career like clinical psychology.

As for the NHS STP programme, you might be eligible for a limited number of pathways like genomic counselling or neurophysiology.

Clinical psychology is highly competitive as you know. Have you considered other psychology careers e.g. neuropsychology? Good info here: https://careers.bps.org.uk/

For graduate dentistry your A levels might be important e.g. to cover enough biology and chemistry. What are they?

All in all these are excellent career choices. No need to be sure on them now, but try to gain some experience in the next couple of years e.g. in dentist's office, in a science lab, doing counselling or similar, to see what you like and importantly don't like!
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Hi there,

I'm Amy, one of the Outreach Ambassadors at Newcastle University. I graduated in Pharmacology in 2019 and now work in Science Communication at Newcastle University!

You have quite a few options open to you, which is great! Careers in this field are so rewarding.

First off, I wanted to address your worries on Psychology and Neuroscience. Both are fantastic degrees, and can lead to varied careers. Deciding whether to accept a purely neuroscience or purely psychology offer is a difficult choice, however one thing I would mention is that you must consider where your interests lie and what you would like to focus on. With a degree such as Psychology (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/c800/), you will learn about the study of the mind and behaviour - one element of which is neuroscience. It allows you to focus on various areas of Psychology and really work out what interests you! That being said, a degree in Neuroscience allows you to focus more on the intricacies and details of Neuroscience. With a degree in Psychology, you could pick relevant modules to Neuroscience in order to specialise and perhaps complete a Neuroscience masters (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/c...-mres/#profile).

In terms of your ambitions for DClinPsy, as well as your Psychology careers queries, we actually ran a careers-focused Psychology event last week. One of the speakers at the event was a current DClinPsy student, as well as a current Psychology student and a Psychology graduate who is now studying a Neuroscience masters - it is really worth a watch! https://youtu.be/ygFnkCOEvfA

Thinking about Dentistry, if you were to do an undergraduate degree and apply to Dentistry, this is what the admissions team would focus on as opposed to your A Levels. That means this is an option too!

You certainly have a lot of options open to you - sometimes this can be tricky as the amount of choice can make it even harder to pick! The best thing to do is to think about what you enjoy and go from there. You will also explore new areas whilst studying your degree, which will further help you to decide on your career.

Let me know if you have any other questions, and best of luck!

Thanks,
Amy
Thank you so much for the reply!! I will definitely check out the recourses you’ve offered, I am definitely a bit more hopeful now with either degree, and am looking forward to undertaking one ☺️
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Can I clarify - are these degrees "psychology" and "neuroscience" or "psychology and neuroscience"? I just ask because whether they are BPS accredited or not makes a difference if you want to pursue a psychology career like clinical psychology.

As for the NHS STP programme, you might be eligible for a limited number of pathways like genomic counselling or neurophysiology.

Clinical psychology is highly competitive as you know. Have you considered other psychology careers e.g. neuropsychology? Good info here: https://careers.bps.org.uk/

For graduate dentistry your A levels might be important e.g. to cover enough biology and chemistry. What are they?

All in all these are excellent career choices. No need to be sure on them now, but try to gain some experience in the next couple of years e.g. in dentist's office, in a science lab, doing counselling or similar, to see what you like and importantly don't like!
So both degrees are separate and to my knowledge Ik the psychology one is bps accredited. I have also considered neuropsychology but I wasn’t sure on the careers it would offer?

My current A levels are biology and chemistry and by the end of this year I will have an AS in psychology as well as an EPQ which I’m predicted A hopefully 😂

I think in the future, I’d like to apply for dentistry and gain some work experience working at clinics to see what it is like ☺️

Thank you so much for the help x
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I'd think of doing a psychology degree a bit more like doing a history degree. There relatively few "psychology" or neuroscience jobs, though if your very passionate you can definately go down that route and there are really cool careers in neuropsychology or academia you can persue (but it can be a difficult path). However for the most part doing any degree will open up loads of other graduate jobs that you can apply for, and that don't really care much what degree you've done.

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So both degrees are separate and to my knowledge Ik the psychology one is bps accredited. I have also considered neuropsychology but I wasn’t sure on the careers it would offer?

My current A levels are biology and chemistry and by the end of this year I will have an AS in psychology as well as an EPQ which I’m predicted A hopefully 😂

I think in the future, I’d like to apply for dentistry and gain some work experience working at clinics to see what it is like ☺️

Thank you so much for the help x
If your considering doing dentistry i'd think about whether you want to do a psych/neuroscience degree first, as i'm not sure you can get funding to do two degrees.
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