As a neuroscientist, you will study the structure and processes involved in the brain and nervous system in humans and other animals.
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.
You have to take up Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the 10+2 level in order to pursue higher studies in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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A neuroscientist must have an interest in research and the ability to design a study and develop hypotheses using research methods.
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.