As a neuroscientist, you will study the structure and processes involved in the brain and nervous system in humans and other animals.

What do neuroscientists do?

Neuroscientists conduct experiments on the structure, functions and development of the nervous system. They can work as Research Scientists for private research institutions or government agencies and hospitals. They also develop new treatment procedures for neurological disorders.

What does a typical day at work involve?

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What areas can a neuroscientist specialise in?

Molecular neuroscientists explore the anatomy/physiology of neurons at the cellular and molecular level, and study the parts and behaviour of neurons and how neurons communicate.
Systems/Behavioral Neuroscientists study how neurons work together in networks, how they communicate and how the nervous system is related to psychological and psychiatric disorders.
Cognitive/Computational neuroscientists study how specific areas of the brain are related to components of cognition.

How to become a Neuroscientist

Step 1
Take Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology

You have to take up Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the 10+2 level in order to pursue higher studies in Neuroscience.

Step 2
Take BSc Neuroscience

Although a bachelor’s degree course in Neuroscience is rarely offered by Indian universities, there are a number of foreign universities that offer a BSc in Neuroscience.

Take BSc degree in any discipline of life sciences, physical sciences or medicine

A bachelor's degree in any discipline of life sciences, physical sciences or medicine is also a sufficient qualification for taking up a postgraduate course in Neuroscience. A BSc degree course is generally of 3 years duration.

Step 3
Take MSc Neuroscience

After an undergraduate qualification in Neuroscience or related disciplines, you can take a master’s degree in Neuroscience which is generally a 2 year program. The eligibility criteria for admission may differ slightly and depend on the specific institution.

Step 4
Take PhD

Since a career in the area of Neuroscience is generally research oriented, it is advisable to take a PhD . Many reputed institutions like the Centre for Neurosciences, IISc and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum offer facilities for taking PhD in Neurology.

Neuroscience Colleges

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Requirements for masters (MSc) in neuroscience

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

Foreign (from University College London for MSc Neuroscience)

  • A relevant Bachelor's degree.
  • An overall CGPA of 7.75/10 or equivalent , or 60% marks where a GPA scale is not used.
  • English Language requirements : Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests in IELTS or Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in TOEFL

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Skills Required

Research Aptitude

A neuroscientist must have an interest in research and the ability to design a study and develop hypotheses using research methods.

Communication Skills

A neuroscientist must be good at academic writing. The ability to write in APA (American Psychological Association) style is a necessary skill.


Neuroscientists may have to work for long hours. They must be able to keep the level of endurance throughout the process.


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