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Hi, is anyone currently at university studying neuroscience or wants to study neuroscience at university?

If so, I’d really like to know why you chose it and why it became appealing to you. Is it either to flip it into medicine or do you genuinely have a passion for it?

Please let me know.
Hi! I'm technically doing biomed but I'm specialising in neuroscience, just about to enter my final year. It's something that I started getting interested in when I was in my teens - I initially wanted to go into medicine but then I realised I didn't want to be a doctor and something about the fact that all the chemical processes translate into thought and behaviour just fascinated me. I'm also really interested in neurological disease and potential treatments for that! So definitely just a passion for the subject :smile:
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U dont need a med degree to do neuroscience?
What does ur job mainly revolve around like is it mainly diagnosis of diseases or treating them ?
What path did u take towards it so uni degrees
Is it good pay ?
9-5 or flexible ?
How long overall did it take u
Sorry for so many qs 😭
Original post by Mvt083
U dont need a med degree to do neuroscience?
What does ur job mainly revolve around like is it mainly diagnosis of diseases or treating them ?
What path did u take towards it so uni degrees
Is it good pay ?
9-5 or flexible ?
How long overall did it take u
Sorry for so many qs 😭

no worries!! I can't answer a lot of the questions from experience but this is what I know:

nope, you don't need a med degree to do neuroscience! I'm doing an undergrad degree and I just needed Biology and Chemistry at A-Level. In terms of jobs, you'd probably need a degree in the life sciences sector (so neuro, biomed, things like that) but it doesn't have to be a med degree at all :smile:

there are a couple of pathways with neuroscience, so you can go into neuropsychology (diagnosis and treatment of disease), neurosurgery (would require clinical/med training) or research in an academic lab (experiments to learn more about how it works and understanding disease/developing treatment)

the pathway is usually undergrad and then post-grad studies (Master's and especially PhD), so most post-grad opportunities require a first class/high 2:1 degree in a relevant science subject and sometimes lab experience helps as well

I don't think it's the best pay tbh 😭 probably like £30-50k at a guess for research but I haven't really looked into it

I think it's probably 9-5 (or longer) and not very flexible

unfortunately I cannot answer how long it took 'cause I'm still doing it 😅 but my current trajectory is 3 year undergrad degree, then hopefully 4.5 year PhD and then an actual job

hope this helps! :smile:
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Original post by cyberhex
no worries!! I can't answer a lot of the questions from experience but this is what I know:

nope, you don't need a med degree to do neuroscience! I'm doing an undergrad degree and I just needed Biology and Chemistry at A-Level. In terms of jobs, you'd probably need a degree in the life sciences sector (so neuro, biomed, things like that) but it doesn't have to be a med degree at all :smile:

there are a couple of pathways with neuroscience, so you can go into neuropsychology (diagnosis and treatment of disease), neurosurgery (would require clinical/med training) or research in an academic lab (experiments to learn more about how it works and understanding disease/developing treatment)

the pathway is usually undergrad and then post-grad studies (Master's and especially PhD), so most post-grad opportunities require a first class/high 2:1 degree in a relevant science subject and sometimes lab experience helps as well

I don't think it's the best pay tbh 😭 probably like £30-50k at a guess for research but I haven't really looked into it

I think it's probably 9-5 (or longer) and not very flexible

unfortunately I cannot answer how long it took 'cause I'm still doing it 😅 but my current trajectory is 3 year undergrad degree, then hopefully 4.5 year PhD and then an actual job

hope this helps! :smile:

Hi! I just saw you comment and correct me if I’m wrong but it’s possible to specialise in neurosurgery from an undergraduate in neuroscience?? I thought you could only do a med degree and then specialise in the niche.

May I also ask what sort of training would you need?
Thankyou!!

(edited 3 weeks ago)
Original post by Winta:)
Hi! I just saw you comment and correct me if I’m wrong but it’s possible to specialise in neurosurgery from an undergraduate in neuroscience?? I thought you could only do a med degree and then specialise in the niche.
May I also ask what sort of training would you need?
Thankyou!!

I had to look this up because I'm not familiar with the process but according to the BMJ you do need to complete a medical degree and be registered with the General Medical Council: https://www.bmj.com/careers/article/the-complete-guide-to-becoming-a-neurosurgeon

But if you did want to see if you liked neuro first, you could always do a neuroscience undergrad degree and then do graduate medicine. Or if you wanted to go into neuroimaging/diagnosis, there's the NHS Clinical Scientist Programme which you can get into with a life sciences degree (e.g. biomedical science which could include neuroscience) and then you are trained and receive a Master's degree in neurophysiology and then I think you work to diagnose neurological disease. (https://nshcs.hee.nhs.uk/programmes/stp/applicants/) :smile:
Reply 6
Original post by cyberhex
I had to look this up because I'm not familiar with the process but according to the BMJ you do need to complete a medical degree and be registered with the General Medical Council: https://www.bmj.com/careers/article/the-complete-guide-to-becoming-a-neurosurgeon
But if you did want to see if you liked neuro first, you could always do a neuroscience undergrad degree and then do graduate medicine. Or if you wanted to go into neuroimaging/diagnosis, there's the NHS Clinical Scientist Programme which you can get into with a life sciences degree (e.g. biomedical science which could include neuroscience) and then you are trained and receive a Master's degree in neurophysiology and then I think you work to diagnose neurological disease. (https://nshcs.hee.nhs.uk/programmes/stp/applicants/) :smile:

Ohh okay, Thankyou for the info!! 😀 the programme sounds interesting! I’ll look into it! Thankyou!

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