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General information incl. course registration

The courses listed below offer a pluri-disciplinary education in all fields of neuroscience at the doctoral level. Those students not holding a MS degree in Neuroscience or Biomedical Sciences are encouraged to follow master level courses in order to reach the required level for advanced doctoral courses. Lectures are given in English, except for those courses whose titles are indicated in French.

Course dates are constantly updated. For courses with so far unknown dates the respective column is empty or only gives an indication of the foreseen period . Please keep visiting the website to learn about new propositions and registration deadlines. In case you are interested in taking online courses (MOOCs), please have a look here.


Course registration:
For LN PhD courses, Unil MSc courses and Unige MSc courses, write an e-mail at least two weeks before the course starts (unless other deadline is specified in the course description). Please copy your thesis director every time to register to a course, and use your university account (no gmail, hotmail, etc).
For EPFL courses please read the information available below under "EPFL courses".


Course locations:
Please see here for course locations in Lausanne and Geneva.





EPFL courses


The goal of the course is to increase awareness and knowledge of the diverse aspects of research in Brain Bioenergetics, which is currently developing as an important field in Neuroscience. Students will be introduced, by experts in the field, to fundamental concepts and recent findings related to brain bioenergetics with a particular emphasis to brain function and dysfunction. During this course, the students will aquire a broad knowledge about the implication of mitochondria in normal brain as well as in a variety of behavioural and pathological processes, such as Parkinson's disease, anxiety disorders, addiction and depression. Other focuses will be the recent advances related to epigenetic mechanisms and energy metabolism in neurons and glia. Students will also be exposed to novel approaches and methodologies in both human and animal systems. Students will be evaluated by an assignment related to recommended articles and speakers lectures. On June 28 will participate in the BMI symposium. For course registration, please follow the procedure just below.



LN PhD students are most welcome to attend the courses listed in the section "Doctoral Program courses" at the EPFL-EDNE PhD courses website, except from the BIO609 course.

Since February 2012, the EPFL request external students to register as an auditor beforehand, by way of a special form that can be found here. This form is to be filled in and sent back to the EDNE administrator with a scanned copy of the PhD student card, and with notice to your home program administration.

Sending your PhD student card for the registration as an EPFL external auditor is necessary once per semester.

Please keep these points in mind:

  • Some EPFL-EDNE courses have limited space. For those, the EDNE students have the priority, therefore sending your e-mail to the EDNE administrator is not a confirmation of attendance.
  • Registration to courses taking place in the spring semester is possible anytime.
  • Use your university email account (no gmail, hotmail, etc), copying the LN coordinator and your thesis director in your message to the EDNE administrator.
    If you don't respect these rules, we will not be able to process your registration!


REGISTRATION to other EPFL PhD courses

You might also find interesting PhD courses in other EPFL programs. Please ask the LN coordinator if you wish to take any of the EPFL PhD courses outside the EPFL-EDNE program.
To register to any EPFL PhD course outside the EDNE program, please apply directly to the coordinator of the specific program.



The EPFL-EDNE coursebook recommends some MSc courses to its Neuroscience PhD students. You might also find interesting MSc courses in other EPFL programs. Please ask the LN coordinator if you wish to take any of the EPFL MSc courses. To register to any MSc EPFL course, please apply through the EPFL Students' Desk. Individuals must present a piece of identification and a valid e-mail address. Students enrolled in a Swiss institution must provide an “attestation” (proof) of studies from their university, valid for the semester during which they will audit an EPFL course.




CUSO courses

The CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale) offers a range of courses on research-related soft skills (e.g. scientific writing). Moreover, the varying doctoral programs provide courses on statistics, research and analysis methods etc.
Some links to these CUSO program websites are here (not comprehensive):

Please register directly via the several CUSO course website entries and provide the LNDS coordinator with your certificate of attendance and a course description to validate your credits.



Unil MSc courses


Please note that the Unige MSc courses listed above are not comprehensive. Click here to see the comprehensive program of the Geneva MSc program in Neuroscience.
There are several other courses offered that are of interest for LNDS PhD students, e.g. on topics like neurobiology, memory, affective neurosciences, language, genetics and bioinformatics.

Not all of the courses are given in English (but the compulsory ones for PhD students asked to complement their non-neuroscience background are).
For most of the courses, the exam can be taken either in English or in French (by request to the person in charge of the course). Please note that these MSc courses are validated with 3 credits for MSc students, but we will validate only 2 credits for our PhD students. Geneva students can often enroll directly in these courses via the Chamilo platform (but please write to the LNDS coordinator, too).



Other course offers

These courses listed below have varying modes of registration.

  • Course links marked with an asterisk * direct you to a site with self-enrollment ("s'inscrire en ligne") . Please do so and provide the LN coordinator with a course certificate after you followed the course (i.e. as when you register for a CUSO course). Please note that the UNIL language course are oftentimes only accessible for UNIL students.
  • For courses at Unige on research-related soft skills marked with a plus + (e.g. scientific writing), please contact the course organizer directly since these courses are not organized by the LNDS.
  • Courses marked with a hashtag # are organized by the Doctoral School of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of UNIL and the Life Science PhD students have preferential access. The registration periods for these courses are indicated here. Contact the LNDS coordinator to get registered for a particular series, will do my best to do so, but watch out for alternative offers, e.g under the CUSO section.
  • For unmarked courses, send an e-mail to lndscourses@gmail.com (with the name of the course as subject and your supervisor in copy) at least two weeks before the beginning of the course as usual.

Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science

You can register directly on the RESAL website, but please remember to inform the LN coordinator about your registration (with copy to your thesis director as usual), and send the course certificate to the coordinator for credit validation.

COURSES IN ENGLISH IN LAUSANNE AND GENEVA (Priority is given to the non-french speaking persons)

  • JUNE 2016 at the UNIL-Dorigny:
  • from 13th to 17th of June 2016 (theory and practice)
  • from 20th  to 22th of June 2016 (practice)


  • AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016 (CMU- Geneva):
  • from 29th of August to 2nd of september 2016 (theory+practice)
  • from 5th  to  7th of September 2016 (practice)


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LNDS e-learning system

For several courses, you will be informed about reading materials. Those will be stored in MOODLE. If you cannot access, please send an e-mail to the LN Coordinator.

The LNDS-MOODLE also contains reading materials for students who have to complement their study background by neuroscience topic introductions. Please see here for more information.


LN Journal Clubs

Check here for current journal clubs

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