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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.

LN PhD courses: Theory




LN PhD courses: Theory and Demonstrations




LN PhD courses: Hands-on

Course title  ECTS  Dates 
Introduction to MATLAB  April 10 - June 20, 2014 
SPM (Statistical Parametric Mapping) Course  April 22-25, 2014 
Structural Magnetic Resonance Image Analysis for Neuroscientists   1.5  March 26 - May 7, 2014 
Advanced PhD course in EEG recording and analysis  2.5   
Techniques and Approaches in Morphology  June 2-6, 2014 
EEG in neurology and neuroscience  2.5  September 1-5, 2014 
Introduction to programming and algorithms  April 23 - June 4, 2014 


LN Journal Clubs

A series of twelve journal clubs (JC) per year can be validated with 1 ECTS as far as you respect some guidelines stated here.

Several of these journal clubs are organized by LN research labs. Please address to the respective addresses to take part, receive instructions and to require potential login information. Please send your validated attendance sheets to the LN coordinator.


  • JC Huber lab
    • Mondays at 9am sharp @ CMU Geneva, room 7266).
    • The website is password-protected. Please contact daniel.huber@unige.ch for to obtain the login information.




EPFL PhD 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 only necessary once.

Please keep these points in mind:

  1. 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.
  2. Registration to courses taking place in the Spring Semester is possible anytime.
  3. 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.



EPFL MSc courses

The EPFL-EDNE coursebook website 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 courses on research-related soft skills (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

Course name and organizer  ECTS  Start Date 
Brain Development - JP Hornung  1.5  Feb 18-21, 2014 
Sensory Functions - E.Welker  1.5  Feb 21-28, 2014 
Neuron-Glia Biology - A.Volterra  1.5  March 4-11, 2014 
Modulation of Synaptic Transmission - D.Fasshauer  March 6-13, 2014 
Natural and Pathological Neuronal Death - N.Toni  March 13-19, 2014 
Introduction to Psychiatric Neuroscience - K.Do  1.5  March 19-25, 2014 
Link to schedule of UNIL Biomed Msc courses in the spring semester 2014     
Psychopharmacologie : de la synapse à la réponse thérapeutique  1.5  Feb 21 - March 28, 2014 

To register, please send an e-mail to lndscourses@gmail.com (mentioning the name of the course as subject and your supervisor in copy) at least two weeks before the course starts.


Unige MSc couses

Click here to see the comprehensive program of the Geneva MSc program in Neuroscience.

Please note that some courses (among them the compulsory ones) are given in English.

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.
To register, please send an e-mail to
lndscourses@gmail.com (mentioning the name of the course as subject and your supervisor in copy) at least two weeks before the course starts.


Other courses and teaching events

These courses have varying modes of registration. The 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).

Also for Unige courses on research-related soft skills marked with an asterisk * (e.g. scientific writing), please contact the course organizer directly since these courses are not organized by the LNDS.

For the other 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. Please note that the UNIL courses on research-related soft skills are not organized by the LNDS directly, and places are limited and fill up rapidly. The LNDS coordinator will do her best to get you registered, but watch out for alternative CUSO offers!


You can register to the "Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science (module 1)" directly online in 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.


Course dates in 2014

COURSES IN ENGLISH IN LAUSANNE (UNIL-Dorigny; Priority is given to the non-french speaking persons)


  • from the 16th to the 20th of June 2014 (theory and practice)
  • from the 23rd to the 25th of June 2014 (pratice)




  • from the 17th to the 21th of March 2014 (theory+practice)
  • from the 24th to the 26th of March 2014 (practice)


  • from the 25th to the 29th of August 2014 (theory+practice)
  • from the 1st to the 03rd of September 2014 (pratice)



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How to register

For LN PhD, 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 on this website, under EPFL courses.



For those courses that have reading materials, please check in Moodle. E-mail the LN Coordinator to get the access code.





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