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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 Bio-Medical 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. Please keep visiting the website (and our event calendar) to learn about new propositions and registration deadlines.


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.



LN PhD Courses: Introductory level




Special announcement: EPFL Brain Mind Symposium & Course "Reward, Motivation and Dopamine" (June 29 & 30, 2015)

The goal of this EDNE-EPFL course is to revise both basic concepts and recent findings related to the dopaminergic circuit and the role of dopamine in motivation and reward. During this course, the students will aquire broad knowledge about the implication of this circuit in a variety of behavioural processes: the recognition of rewards and initiation of their consumption; stimulus-reinforcement contingency learning and the processing of pain, as well as behavioural activation; exertion of effort during instrumental behaviour and seeking; and energy expenditure. They will also be exposed to the main as well as novel approaches and methodologies in both human and animal systems. Students will be provided with a review of the field before the BMS Symposium (see here for program and speakers) and, for the evaluation, students will be asked to present a written half-page summary of each talk and formulate a question.


  • To register for the course (worth 1 ECTS when homework approved), please follow the procedures under "REGISTRATION to EPFL-EDNE PhD courses" just below. In this case, DO NOT register in addition on the symposium website!!!
  • In case you only want to attend the symposium (worth 2-3 entries on your seminar sheet; no homework required), register via the symposium website and DO NOT register for the course using the EPFL-EDNE procedures.

EPFL courses


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.




CUSO courses

The CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale) offers a range of doctoral courses (e.g. statistics) and others on research-related soft kills (e.g. scientific writing).

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



Unil MS 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.



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 (UNIL-Dorigny; Priority is given to the non-french speaking persons)

  • January 19-23, 2015 (theory and practice)
  • January 26-28, 2015 (practice)
  • June 15-19, 2015 (theory and practice)
  • June 22-24, 2015 (practice)


  • March 16-20, 2015 (theory and practice; UNIL-Dorigny)
  • March 23-25, 2015 (practice; UNIL-Dorigny)
  • August 24-28, 2015 (theory+practice; CMU Geneva)
  • August 31-September 2, 2015 (practice; CMU Geneva)


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