Before completing a doctoral degree, students enrolled in the LN Doctoral School must obtain a total of 18 credits, respecting these points:
- Min. 2 credits - max. 4 credits for seminars or journal clubs in neuroscience* (12 seminars = 1 credit), validated by sending the seminars sheet (available at the bottom of this page) to the LNDS Coordinator (Unil and UniFrib. students) or to Claire Maislisch (Unige students - Claire Maislisch, CMU, 1 rue Michel Servet, 1211 Geneva).
- Max. 1 credit for presenting an abstract at a major international neuroscience conference (i.e. credits for presentations at SFN, FENS, HBM, CNS are surely granted; for potential credits for presentations at other major international conferences please contact the LNDS coordinator before the event takes place)*.
- Max. 3 credits for workshops and summer or winter courses, validated by the school committee.
- Max. 2 credits for complementary skills, such as "Science Communication", "Scientific writing", "Presentation skills", etc.
- Max. 4 credits from MSc courses.
- Min. 6 credits from LN doctoral courses, including the courses from the EPFL-EDNE program.
We recommend students to obtain at least 9 credits during the first 3 semesters. The PhD can be obtained in a minimum of 3 years, maximum of 5. In the event that a PhD fellowship has ended without a successful thesis defense, the student has a maximum of one year to defend his/her thesis.
One ECTS should correspond to 25-30 academic hours (45 min) of work for the student. In general, half of this work comes from attending lectures and the other half from the student's personal work (review of literature + studying + final exam or essay).
For example, a course given in 1 period per week during one semester would be granted 1 ECTS (45-60 min periods x 14 weeks = 10.5 - 14 hours of lectures). On the other hand, a one week-long workshop would be granted 3 ECTS.
To receive full credit for a course, students must fulfill the specific requirements announced by the instructor(s) at the beginning of the semester.
Relevant MSc courses in Neuroscience are available in Geneva and Lausanne, and represent a good opportunity for PhD students to improve their background knowledge on particular subjects.
These are the forms to use when validating seminars or journal clubs:
Seminars_Sheet.pdf (295 Kb)
Journal_Club_Sheet.pdf (295 Kb)
How to validate external courses
To validate credits for a course external to the LN Doctoral School or for a workshop, please send the description and detailed program to the LN coordinator, together with a certificate of attendance.
How to validate individual seminars from conferences other than major international neuroscience conferences
(*) When you attend a conference other than the major international ones mentioned above (e.g. local conferences, but also symposia), you cannot validate 1 credit per se, but you can still include some seminars of the event in your "seminar sheet" (i.e. 12 seminar entries will count as 1 credit):
- 1 seminar for a half-day conference
- 2 seminars for a one-day conference
- 3 seminars for a conference longer than one day
How to proceed:
Fill out the correspondent number of lines in your seminars sheet with the name of the conference of symposium. When your seminars sheet is filled, please send it to Claire Maislisch (Unige students) or Ulrike Toepel (Unil and UniFrib students), together with the certificate of attendance and program of the conference.
We do not allow filling up the seminars sheet with more than 3 seminars from one single conference, the reason being that you are expected to attend seminars in neuroscience all throughout the year, in a regular basis.