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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

  • University of Otago Logo

    Neuroscience University of Otago, New Zealand

    • Tuition fees per year 22,360 NZD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Dundee Logo

    Neuroscience University of Dundee, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 20,950 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • Baylor University Logo

    Neuroscience Baylor University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 44,544 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of New Brunswick Logo

    Neuroscience University of New Brunswick, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 17,357 CAD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • Keele University Logo

    Chemistry and Neuroscience Keele University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 15,000 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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Neuroscience graduate programs

Master's in neuroscience

  • Arizona State University Logo

    Auditory and Language Neuroscience Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,318 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date August
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  • University of Helsinki Logo

    Neuroscience University of Helsinki, Finland

    • Tuition fees per year 18,000 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Dundee Logo

    Applied Neuroscience University of Dundee, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 19,950 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • American University of Beirut Logo

    Neuroscience American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    • Tuition fees per year 28,320 LL
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Central Michigan University Logo

    Neuroscience Central Michigan University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,300 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date May, August
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Doctorate in neuroscience

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    Neuroscience Central Michigan University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,300 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • 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.