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Professor Dame Uta Frith, UCL - winner of the BNA's 'Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience Award', 2013.

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Neuroscience Careers

With a degree in neuroscience or a related field, there are many exciting careers whether or not you choose to stay in the lab;

  • Academia – research and teaching
  • Clinical sciences
  • Biotechnology and contract research
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Neuropsychology and psychiatry
  • Regulatory affairs, policy and research administration
  • Academic organisation
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Publishing
  • Media

In addition to these careers, neuroscience is being applied to many other specialist fields, for example:

  • Neuroethics, - the social, legal and ethical consequences of advances in brain research
  • Neuroeconomics – risk-taking and decision making that influence business and the economy
  • Neuroaesthetics – creativity and the brain



Photograph courtesy of Imperial College London. Photographer: Thomas Angus.



  • Neurotechnology- combining engineering and IT with neuroscience
  • Neuroprosthetics - the interface between man and machine
  • Arts and humanities

Resources and information


This highly informative career guide is suitable for A-Level / Scottish Advanced Highers / IB students upwards and covers basic neuroanatomy, undergraduate and postgraduate entry into Neuroscience and possible career paths involving Neuroscience, as well as a selection of recent case studies from a range of Neuroscientists.  This leaflet, produced by the BNA, is available to download here for free.  Printed copies are also available - please contact the BNA Office (office@bna.org.uk) for further details.

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This presentation outlines the funding opportunities available from the Wellcome Trust for researchers in neuroscience.




  • BBSRC (Grant Writing and the Assessment Process)
  • BBSRC (Overview, Strategic Priorities and Funding Opportunities)


NEUROSCIENCE - SCIENCE OF THE BRAIN: An Introduction for Young Students

The highly successful 'Brain Facts Booklet', created by Richard Morris (Edinburgh) and Marienne Fillenz (Oxford) in 1994, was published in the summer of 2003 and was distributed FREE to all members of the BNA. Primarily aimed at sixth form students or first year undergraduates, Richard Morris has managed to create a wonderfully neat and concise 'primer' of neuroscience, touching on everything from development to drug addiction. A number of leading neuroscientists in this country have risen to the challenge and contributed a chapter describing their field of expertise in a simple yet imaginative and visually appealing way. Any sixth formers or new undergraduates uncertain what to specialise in at university can't fail to be swayed by this refreshing booklet! The booklet includes a section on "Training and Careers" - see below for the PDF versions of the pages:-

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"WHO WANTS TO BE A SCIENTIST? Choosing Science as a Career"


Author Nancy Rothwell, Illustrated by Smudge

Published by Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521520924 176 pages

Price: £14.95

Publication date: September 2002


Scientific research is about discovering new things and applying them to improvements in life style for people and animals. But careers in science are now very demanding, requiring much more than a keen scientific mind and practical ability. If you are considering a career in research, have already embarked on your career and want to succeed, are uncertain which route to take, or advise, train or supervise scientists, this book should offer some helpful advice. It covers topics ranging from choosing a PhD or postdoctoral position, successful interviews and preparing your cv to managing your supervisor; how to give successful talks, publish high quality papers and get yourself known; and broad aspects of science which are so important today, including ethics and fraud, intellectual property and exploitation and disseminating science to the public.


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Careers from Science



Flexible Interchange Programme (FLIP)


Next Steps: Options after a bioscience degree


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