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What jobs can you do with a degree in neuroscience?
Original post by Ananya_12
What jobs can you do with a degree in neuroscience?

The general scope of a life science degree are usually something in healthcare, academia, or something that would accept a degree in any subject.

The healthcare field can generally ask for specific degrees for specific roles. It's very difficult to navigate this because there are a number of bodies for specific roles and each can have very specific regulations. As your degree is not a BPS accredited degree for example, you can't go into a psychology field unless it's possibly counselling (you might want to double check on this) or do a postgrad conversion course in psychology. As the degree is not in medicine, you can't become a neurologist or a neurosurgen.
As far as I can tell, there is no direct job that you can do in healthcare that specifically requires a degree in neuroscience, so you can do healthcare related jobs that require either no degree or degree in any subject. However, I can be wrong in this aspect.

In terms of research, it's usually a lot more flexible what you can go into. The default job would be as a neuroscientist. See: (not too confident on some job profiles mentioned here)
There are other links, but it requires more googling.
Usually if you want to go into research, you're typically looking at least a master's degree but preferrably a PhD in a specific niche.

If you want to do a job that accepts a degree in any subject:


Government services

Social work

Some areas of healthcare

Most areas of business (HR, marketing, accounting, sales)

IT roles

Some areas of construction

Most areas of property

Most areas of beauty and wellbeing

Creative/design and media (if you're good)

Theatre and film (if you're good)

Music (if you're good)

Anything related to writing (if you're good)



Armed forces and police force (if you pass certain tests, have a clean record, and are of a certain age range)

Some environmental services



Management (if you have the relevant experience)


Care work

Travel and tourism


Entertainment (if you're good)

Translation (if you are fluent in more than one language)

If you decide to go back to college (adult college), then you can do courses that are relevant to the following:

Animal care (other than vet)

Some areas of construction and certain trades

Some areas of beauty and wellbeing

Some areas of engineering

You can go into the following areas with specific professional qualifications (irrespective of what previous qualifications you have):


Actuary (if you have a math background e.g. A Level Maths)

Law (CILEx)

Most areas of finance

Delivery and transport (licences)

Sports coaching

If by any chance you want to do a master's degree in another subject afterwards, you can consider:

Computer science (some degrees)

Anything in business (except for finance) e.g. marketing, accounting. You cannot do a business management degree if you have done it at undergrad



Some criminology degrees

Nonquantiative economics degrees

Some film degrees


Some media degrees

Some journalism degrees



Social work

Some politics degrees

Some agriculture degrees

Some fine art degrees


Do note, the sectors where you would need a degree as a minimum requirement to get into the industry are in nursing and education. You can get into the other fields without doing another degree, unless you're applying for a role in research or academia.

If you want to go into specific areas of research not listed above, you would need to look into doing a conversion course prior to enrolling into the respective master's degree. These subjects include:

Economics (for quantitative degrees)



Computer science (if you want to look into advanced computer science)

There are other conversion courses for other subjects, but they are often for subjects within a similar discipline. For example, conversion courses within life sciences are suitable if you have an undergrad in a life science subject; conversion courses in physics and engineering are suitable if you have an undergrad in physics or engineering. In your case, as you are looking in a neuroscience degree you're going for subjects in life sciences. This can pretty much include anything in healthcare e.g. physiotherapy, nutrition, medicine. However, I would check the entry requirements for the specific degree and subject that you want to study first.

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