Study Neuroscience in the US

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and given the extraordinary advances that have been made in the field over the past 50 years. It is an exciting time to study it.

Study Neuroscience in the US

With the federal government bodies the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) pushing the boundaries of research into neuroscience, the US offers the perfect setting for neuroscience students.

A neuroscience undergraduate degree in the US directly tackles central issues facing neuroscientists today through teaching, analysis and research. At most American universities you will have the chance to opt for a major degree in neuroscience, a minor degree, which is a more basic study of neuroscience, or an honours degree, which is setup for outstanding students.

The very nature of neuroscience means that students can expect the undergraduate program to be highly interdisciplinary. Depending on the institution, students could be working with a range of science departments as well as studying aspects of philosophy and linguistics. Neuroscience degrees also include a number of optional modules and in some of these you can opt to become part of a faculty-based research project.

Research at US institutions allows you access to fantastic equipment and gives you the chance to work toward your future career whilst still studying. For honours students, research is really the key to their degree and they will be given the opportunity to partake in leading research and write a thesis on their findings. For neuroscience postgraduates there are a number of prestigious graduate programs on offer. A graduate program allows you to specialise in a particular area of neuroscience whilst maintaining a strong link to all areas of the field.

At institutions such as the University of California-San Francisco, one of the leading universities in neuroscience in the world, the graduate program includes the chance to work with internationally recognised neuroscientists on important and progressive projects.  A graduate program gives you the necessary qualification to move into teaching or research, most neuroscientists often balancing between both these professions.

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