Neuroscience graduate destinations

As well as subject knowledge, practical and technical research skills, graduates in Neuroscience will have developed a range of skills that are valued by employers. These include an ability to understand and work with complex scientific data, as well as written and oral communication skills, numeracy, analytical, problem solving and IT skills.

Data obtained from

  • Neuroscience (BSc)
  • Neuroscience with Study in Industry (MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 39 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 66.1%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 38%
Self-employment/freelancing 0%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 5%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 3%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 36%
Taking time out to travel 0%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 13%
Doing something else 5%

Sector information

Neuroscience graduates are well qualified for employment in the health, hospital, pharmaceutical and biotechnological fields, as well as in the food industry in scientific, managerial and commercial roles. Around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, so alternative opportunities exist in areas such as law, IT and finance where the analytical skills and scientific training developed on this course are of interest to employers.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates

General secondary education


Advertising agencies

Other sectors (8 sectors) 8

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Imperial College London
  • National Audit Office
  • Nucleus Global
  • NHS

Examples of occupations

  • Research Assistant
  • Teaching Technician
  • Associate Medical Writer
  • Account Executive
  • Science Teacher

Further study

In preparation for their careers, many of our graduates proceed to study for the higher degrees necessary for senior research and management jobs, e.g. Molecular Neuroscience (MSc) and Neuroscience (PhD), or pursue affiliated courses in areas such as sports rehabilitation and biotechnology. Graduate entry Medicine programmes (MBBS and MBChB) are also popular.

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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