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Study neuroscience abroad

An in-depth guide to studying neuroscience as an international student.

Neuroscience degrees abroad

Neuroscience is the study of nervous systems and the functioning of the human brain. How the brain works is one of the biggest and most daunting questions we face, and as a neuroscience graduate you could help develop our understanding of one of the most complex systems evolution has created.

Neuroscience makes an important contribution to the understanding and treatment of mental and other neurological disorders, and it covers a wide range of areas including biochemistry, molecular biology, anatomy and pharmacology.

Degree programs in neuroscience are offered by universities, colleges and medical schools all over the world. Studying abroad means you will have a much wider choice of programs, and you could take advantage of facilities and technology that might not be available at home. It’s also a great way to broaden your personal horizons while earning a world-class education.

Neuroscience program structure

It’s possible to study neuroscience abroad at different degree levels including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. At bachelor’s level, neuroscience degrees are offered as a BSc and can take three or four years to complete, depending on where you study.

You can study for a master’s degree as an MSc if you already hold a bachelor’s, or some universities offer an MSci, which is taught over four or five years. This gives you the option of adding an extra year to your bachelor’s program to convert it to a master’s level degree.

If you have your master’s and want to continue your neuroscience studies and earn a doctorate, many universities offer PhD or MPhil research degrees, which you can study over two to five years.

Most neuroscience programs will be taught through a combination of laboratory sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent work. Each module will have different assessment methods, but most will consist of written coursework and exams, with a research dissertation in your final year.

The exact neuroscience program structure and content will differ between each university, but there are some common modules and subjects you can expect to cover, including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Psychology and the brain
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Developmental biology
  • Techniques in neuroscience

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Neuroscience study abroad programs

Neuroscience undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in neuroscience

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    Human Neuroscience - BSc (Hons)
    University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,260 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Neuroscience - BSc
    University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biomedical Sciences - Neuroscience - BSc
    University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,478 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Neuroscience - BSc
    University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,360 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Neuroscience - BSc (Hons)
    University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Neuroscience graduate programs

Master's in neuroscience

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    Auditory and Language Neuroscience - MSc
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Neuroscience - MSc
    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Applied Neuroscience - MSc
    University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    19,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Psychological Research Methods (Cognition and Neuropsychology) - MSc
    University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Neuroscience - MSc
    American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,320 LL
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in neuroscience

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    Neurosciences & Cognitive Sciences - Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience - PhD
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Neuroscience - PhD
    Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,300 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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Future neuroscience careers

As a neuroscience graduate, you’ll be well placed to pursue a career in the science and medical sectors. The transferable skills you’ll gain from your degree will also make you an attractive applicant to all types of industries and businesses. Popular jobs for neuroscience students include:

  • Clinical scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Neuroscientist
  • Researcher
  • Pharmacologist
  • Science teacher

Many graduates who have completed their bachelor’s in neuroscience continue their education by studying a related subject at postgraduate level.

Many universities offer placement opportunities that can help you gain valuable work experience, and career services can help you find the right career path after graduation.