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I'm not sure what career I want? Psychology or Neuroscience?

I can't help but feel lost in what sort of career I want to truly persue. I'm currently doing Highers/A-Levels and this year I've taken Biology, Chemistry (which im not having a good time with), English and Photography, my maths is weak so I am taking NAT-5/GCSE maths this year :frown: I feel useless working towards goals of achieving the grades I want if i have no dream or certain career to look up to.

I know both Psychology and Neuroscience are both very different, but I've always had an interest in how the brain works, from emotional things and how we perceive things, to how our brain is wired. I have a really good ability to listen and talk deeply with others, as my english ability is very strong. I truly want to help other people in their lives as it just feels right for me to do so.

Yet? I'm unsure if psychology is a very successful degree, and if you make a good salary from being a psychologist, as I want to have a good lifestyle hopefully in the future. Many of my family abroad see psychology as a useless degree, similar to a more 'soft science' and I can't help but feel like I am disappointing them, if my parents have come here for me to have a better life, you know? My parents on the other hand are very supportive of me regardless of what I do, but I don't want to do a degree that doesn't benefit me and give me opportunities for a good job.

So that's why i considered neuroscience as another option, as it is slightly more advanced and a completely different perspective of how our mind works. But is it truly possible to be a neurologist? As I've heard you need to have a proper degree in medicine before you can even consider studying neuroscience in uni, and that's not something I want to go through.

I'm unsure, if anyone knows what to do or someone can give me a little more clarity in this it would help so much :frown:
Reply 1
Hey!

A career that might interest you is Neuropsychology. it involves a lot of schooling but it is a really fascinating career that integrates psychology, neuroscience, and biology.

Here is the overview on Wikipedia: Neuropsychology is a branch of psychology. It is concerned with how a person's cognition and behaviour are related to the brain and the rest of the nervous system. Professionals in this branch of psychology often focus on how injuries or illnesses of the brain affect cognitive and behavioural functions.

This is often a clinical career, so it includes obtaining a doctorate and then going to work in clinical settings such as hospitals. this is the career im interested in, so if you have any other questions i'll be happy to answer!

good luck on making your decision :smile:
A degree in neuroscience doesn’t require medicine, they’re two completely different degrees.

A degree in neuroscience will not allow you to become a neurologist - the latter is a specialty of medicine.

Both neuroscience and psychology would require you to have further education beyond bachelor level to allow you to work clinically as the BSc is not sufficient on its own.
I am interested in that as well! I've applied for English though - I really enjoy the subject, wasn't sure about doing a STEM degree (I'm also not strong in maths), didn't want to leave my artistic interests behind, and only discovered that interest about two years before applying so I didn't have the credentials anyway. Doing a second undergraduate (and a postgraduate, I know) sounds perfect, but I'm not sure about the time commitment and cost.
Have you considered cognitive science? From Google: "Neuroscience explores the brain from a biological, neural, and chemical perspective, whereas cognitive science studies memory, language, reasoning, attention, and learning mental processes." Also, whether you want to work with people hands-on or through a research career might affect your course choice.
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Reply 4
hi i’m slightly confused, so being a neurologist requires medicine, but neuroscience doesn’t? how are the two exactly different? i’m guessing neuroscience is linked to research, right?
Reply 5
and hi thank you so much for this! i was actually taking this into consideration - but again i’m sort of like confused as to what career it would lead you to? is a neuropsychologist a thing? alsoooo do you know any unis that offer this type of course, or is it better for me to do a bachelors in psychology or neuroscience so it can lead me to that?

Original post by xsimx
Hey!

A career that might interest you is Neuropsychology. it involves a lot of schooling but it is a really fascinating career that integrates psychology, neuroscience, and biology.

Here is the overview on Wikipedia: Neuropsychology is a branch of psychology. It is concerned with how a person's cognition and behaviour are related to the brain and the rest of the nervous system. Professionals in this branch of psychology often focus on how injuries or illnesses of the brain affect cognitive and behavioural functions.

This is often a clinical career, so it includes obtaining a doctorate and then going to work in clinical settings such as hospitals. this is the career im interested in, so if you have any other questions i'll be happy to answer!

good luck on making your decision :smile:
Reply 6
I understand you! english is honestly one of my faves and it always sort of fears me to choose a career where i will lose my artistic sort of ability & the ability to be creative. how is it going for you? and yes !! thank you i will look into cognitive science, do you know any unis that offer that type of course?
Original post by penguingirl18
I am interested in that as well! I've applied for English though - I really enjoy the subject, wasn't sure about doing a STEM degree (I'm also not strong in maths), didn't want to leave my artistic interests behind, and only discovered that interest about two years before applying so I didn't have the credentials anyway. Doing a second undergraduate (and a postgraduate, I know) sounds perfect, but I'm not sure about the time commitment and cost.
Have you considered cognitive science? From Google: "Neuroscience explores the brain from a biological, neural, and chemical perspective, whereas cognitive science studies memory, language, reasoning, attention, and learning mental processes." Also, whether you want to work with people hands-on or through a research career might affect your course choice.
I think there's also a Neuroscience and Psychology Bsc degree
Reply 8
Original post by maryam.2453
and hi thank you so much for this! i was actually taking this into consideration - but again i’m sort of like confused as to what career it would lead you to? is a neuropsychologist a thing? alsoooo do you know any unis that offer this type of course, or is it better for me to do a bachelors in psychology or neuroscience so it can lead me to that?

Yes a neuropsychologist is a career! You'd work in hospitals, diagnosing and rehabilitating people with psychological, cognitive and neurological disorders. There is plenty online about this career choice, including on the NHS website.

You'd need to a BSC degree in psychology, and then I think this is followed by a master's degree in neuropsychology. (It might be doctorate then masters though)
(Neuropsychology is a specialist area) After is a doctorate in psychology. Universities such as kings, Bristol and others offer a masters in neuropsychology And loads offer doctorates in psychology.

It is a long education path, but it does result in an NHS career, and is also quite well paid.

Hope this helps! Anything else I can clarify, let me know :smile:
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I would reckon most people would do the Doctorate followed by the postgraduate course to become a neuropsych (along with supervised practice to be eligible). It's a long and competitive path

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