Options and Jobs with Neuroscience

Information on career options, previous destinations and job search, for students from MSc Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience. The information is also relevant for BSc Psychology students with an interest in neuroscience or those considering further study in this area..

What career options do I have?

With a neuroscience qualification you have a broad range of options both in the UK and abroad.  If you have a BPS accredited degree in Psychology in addition to your Msc, your options are similar to those of Psychology graduates, but with additional specialism to strengthen your applications. See Options with Psychology for further information. Some common sectors pursued by Neuroscience graduates include:

Psychology

To become a Clinical Neuropsychologist as accredited by the BPS, you must train as a chartered psychologist via the Clinical or Educational route and then specialise through the Qualification in Clinical NeuropsychologyIf you do not have a BPS accredited degree and you wish to pursue a career as a psychologist, you must first complete a BPS Psychology conversion course. If you have a BPS accredited course in Psychology, your options are similar to those of Psychology graduates, but with additional specialism to strengthen your applications. If you do not have a BPS accredited degree and you wish to pursue a career as a psychologist, you must first complete a BPS Psychology conversion course.

Healthcare

You could utilise your knowledge of neurological conditions including brain injuries, dementia and Parkinson's disease by working in roles supporting these individuals. Understanding can lead to effective care provision and assist when communicating complex information to clients Possible job titles include: therapy assistant, mental health support worker, service manager, assistant psychologist, dementia adviser and independent mental health advocate. Opportunities to progress could include line management, development of specialist knowledge and qualifications or involvement in funding bids and evaluations. Substantial experience with clients is also required if you wish to train as a psychologist in the future.

Job vacancies: Organisations addressing neurological conditions, which have vacancies pages include NHS Jobs, Alzheimer's UK, Headway, The Disability Trust, Parkinson's UK, Stroke Association. Also see Finding and applying for jobs related to Psychology  

Pharmaceutical Industry

Clinical research associates  run clinical trials to test drugs for their effectiveness, risks and benefits to ensure they are safe to allow on to the market.

Pharmacologists investigate how drugs interact with biological systems and how they can be used safely, they could also specialise in neuropharmacology.

Science writing and communications involves writing and editing scientific news, articles and features. They write for business, trade and professional publications, specialist scientific and technical journals, and the general media. 

Other roles in pharmaceutical companies - Your scientific knowledge could also help with roles such as medical sales representative, project manager and regulatory affairs officer.

Job vacancies: New Scientist, Pharmafield 

Business and Industry 

Market research can be carried out within a large organisation or a specialist market research agency, utilising the research skills gained on your course. This could be medical or healthcare related and utilise quantitative or qualitative methods. Some organisations have begun to use neuro-marketing techniques such as EEG, eye tracker software and galvanic skin response, so your technical skills could be useful also.

Job vacancies: Research Job Brand Republic, Neurosense, SimpleUsability

Academia 

With a masters and research experience you could enter a role as a research assistant in academia or study towards a PhD. With a PhD you could work as a research associate or lecturer.

Job vacancies: British Neuroscience Association Jobs.ac.uk  

 

What do SHU Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience graduates do?

Six months after graduating, destinations included:

* Mental health support worker at Mind

* Medical researcher at Gillian Kenney Associates

* Community support worker at Rotherham Hospice

* Service manager at Mencap

* Assistant Psychologist at Turning Point

* PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University

 

Longer term destinations include:

* Research Project Manager at Derbyshire NHS Foundation Trust

* Independent Mental Health Advocate at Advent Advocacy Ltd

* Operational Scientist at Cambridge Cognition

* Neuroscientist at Caudwell Children

* Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Sheffield University

Caroline Hanson- August 2015

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 15:15