Your degree in Behavioural Neuroscience

Skills you’ll develop

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 modeling, neuroimaging, and statistics

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 academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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
  • Healthcare 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.

Build your network

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Behavioural Neuroscience graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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