Neuroscience

Neuroscience is about how the brain and nervous system work and how they affect human behaviour.

Studying in this area involves learning about the structure and functioning of the brain and nervous system.

This includes brain chemistry, biology, genetics and engineering.

Neuroscience is also about things like consciousness, memory, emotion, perception, sensation, sleep, and 'normal' and 'abnormal' behaviours.

NZ university majors related to this area

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Neuroscientist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

145% of national
median earnings


Employment

54%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
36%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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