Your degree in Behavioural Neuroscience

While studying behavioural neuroscience, you’re gaining a deep understanding of the biological basis of behaviour and exploring the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. You’ll develop important skills and learn advanced research methods to gain a multidisciplinary understanding of behavior and cognition as they relate to nervous system function.

These skills may include:

  • Critical observation and evaluation of nervous system dysfunction, ranging from psychiatric to neurological conditions
  • Design and execution of neuroscience experiments with human participants or animal subjects
  • Research and critical evaluation of biomedical literature
  • Application of specialized knowledge related to neurological diseases and disorders
  • Application of ethical considerations in neuroscience research, decision making, and consideration of societal implications
  • Verbal and written communication of technical and scientific data aimed at neuroscientific and non-neuroscientific audiences
  • Technical usage of computational modelling, neuroimaging, and statistics

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including health and biomedical research and development, machine learning, pharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare, government and regulatory affairs, non-profit, education, consulting, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.


Addictions and mental health counsellor

Anesthesiologist

Artificial intelligence designer

Behaviour interventionist

Biochemist

Biomedical engineering technologist

Biostatistician

Biotechnology technician

Child and youth worker

Clinical counsellor

Clinical research associate

Cognitive therapist

Correctional service officer

Disability case manager

Electroneurophysiology technologist

Food scientist

Geneticist

Health care consultant

Health policy development officer

Hospital administrator

Life skills instructor

Medical illustrator

Microbiologist

Neural stem cell researcher

Neurologist

Neuropathologist

Nurse

Optometrist

Patent officer

Pharmacist

Occupational therapist

Teacher/Professor

Physical therapist

Psychologist

Public health director

Scientific research manager

Scientific writer

Social worker

Speech language pathologist

Toxicologist

Veterinary neurologist

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Neuroscience Club
Learn about neuroscience research through weekly journal club meetings, student-led seminars, and an annual conference.

UBC Psychology Students’ Association
Sign up for resume and CV workshops, meet your Psychology professor, and attend fun events.

UBC Cognitive Systems Society
Meet students with an interest in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, human-computer interfaces, and robotics.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in behavioural neuroscience between study terms.

UBC Life Sciences Institute
Discover research opportunities, events, programs and student competitions in life sciences.

UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities club
Find a mentor, learn how to get into research, or receive help on publishing your manuscript.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions. 

Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer opportunities
Find volunteer opportunities in hospitals and health centres. 

Fraser Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience in local communities through healthcare opportunities.

UBC PATHS
Attend events and help raise awareness and funds for common neurodegenerative diseases.

UBC SpeakEasy
Support other students while developing your active listening, problem solving, and empathy skills.

UBC Speech and Linguistics Student Association
Learn about volunteer opportunities and attend career panel talks and social events.

UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology
Showcase your research by submitting papers to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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