• Question: what degrees did you have to get to become a scientist?

    Asked by anon-250143 on 10 Mar 2020.
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      Nuru Noor answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      So I studied medicine first to become a doctor 👍 Then I became interested in whether I could help treat people better and if there were better treatments available than what we currently have 🙋

      So that’s when I started doing medical research and first did a masters degree alongside working as a doctor, and now I’m back at university doing my PhD (my teachers from high school were right – you literally never do stop learning) 😎

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      Petruta Morvay answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      Hi. I had graduated from Veterinary Medicine and then followed a PhD and continued with research. But you can follow any academic path and become a scientist. I think it all depends how much time you’d like to give to reading and studying. Research is all about being up to date with your topic, field of research and reading and working in the lab or with other people to gain insight into what you are working on.

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      Paige Chandler answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      There are many kinds of science degrees! Depending on which branch of science interests you. I did Biochemistry, which is biology and chemistry combined. Now I’m doing a PhD in Genetics. You specialise as you go on, and end up studying different things.

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      Nadine Mirza answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I did an undergrad degree in Psychology and a Masters of Research in Mental Health. I am currently now doing a PhD in Mental Health with a focus on Dementia Health Services to cement my science status. Hope that answers it!

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      Sarah Carter answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I have undergraduate degrees in psychology and anthropology, a Master’s degree in forensic anthropology, and a PhD in Social Statistics, which I now use to study health in populations. 🙂

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      Sarah Brown answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I have a joint honours degree in maths and biology and a masters in mathematical medicine and biology. I am currently finishing my PhD so perhaps after this I am an official scientist – I have felt like one ever since starting my own research however!

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      Beth Bartlett answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I did an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences with an integrated masters degree in biochemistry (so I just stayed for an extra year and got a Masters). Now i am in my first year of my PhD in Genetics.

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      My degree was biomedical sciences with modules in ageing and neuroscience 🙂

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I did a BSc in Marine Biology with Oceanography. Generally to be considered a “Scientist” you need a PhD in a scientific subject.

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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I got an undergraduate degree, a BSc (Hons) – people sometimes just call this a “bachelor’s degree” or an “honours degree” – in neuroscience.

      Through UCAS, I applied to do pharmacology (studying the effects of drugs and chemicals on your body) but I switched degree when I went into third year.

      I know that some biology-based science degrees are very flexible, if you’re interested in becoming a scientist but don’t know exactly what you’re interested in, I’d recommend applying to a course like that! I got to study animal biology, human biology, immunology, microbiology and tried lots of things before specialising in my third year. I did my degree in Scotland where it takes 4 years.

      I changed subject a couple of times after that. I did a master’s degree (MSc) in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy at Glasgow School of Art (this took 1 year). Now I do a PhD in Optical Medical Imaging and Healthcare Innovation (basically microscopes and business!).

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I have a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania and a Masters degree in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford. I am now working towards a PhD degree in Clinical Neurosciences.

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I did a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then a Master’s in Rehabilitation Science. There are many routes to becoming a scientist, and ultimately getting degrees in the field you’re interested in is the best way to do it! 🙂

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      So I wanted to do research into the immune system. So I did a degree in Immunology (how the immune system works) and then went to medical school because I wanted to see patients and do science.

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      M S answered on 12 Mar 2020:

      So I have an bachelors in Biomedical Science

      Masters in Clinical Microbiology

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 13 Mar 2020:

      It depends what sort of scientist you are and what field you work in. I did a BSc in microbiology and then an MSc in Epidemiology (which you can’t get a BSc degree in here), and then I did a PhD. But tthat’s not the only route!

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 15 Mar 2020:

      I studied Molecular and Cellular Biology for my undergraduate degree and then studied Stem Cell Biology for my PhD.

      I wanted to do a broader degree at first so I could learn about more different types of biology and then work out which areas I preferred and ones I didn’t enjoy so much. But some people know from the start that they might want to work on the brain then they might want to study neuroscience at university.

      Is there a particular area of science you want to study?