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I want to work in Neuroscience

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    Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system. Neuroscientists try to understand the cause and treatment for neurological disorders and neurological diseases such as Parkinson,s, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. There are genetic causes or risk factors for many neurological diseases: Parkinson's disease for example, is in reality about 10 closely related diseases.Neuroscience is primarily an research discipline.


    Neuroscience, biomedical, biochemistry, psychology, pharmacology, physics, chemistry and computer science courses can equip students with some of the skills needed for a career in neuroscience. It would be difficult to gain entry to neuroscience masters course without having studied a science undergraduate degree.

    For a list of neoroscience and related degrees and postgraduate qualifications see A list of Doctoral Training Partnerships can also be found on the page.

    MOOCS (massive online open courses) are available see

    The standard career route is via a PhD and then work as a post-doctoral researcher or to become a medical doctor and then to specialise in psychiatry or neuroscience.


    To become a neuropsychologist you first need to be a chartered psychologist in clinical or education.You then must complete the British Psychological Societies Qualification in Neuropsychology. To find out more about neuropsychology see


    Neural engineers use engineering techniques to develop devices to assist with neural disorders.



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