General information incl. course registration | LNDS PhD Courses | EPFL courses | CUSO courses | Unil MSc courses | Unige MSc couses | “Open Science & reproducibility” workshop series | Other course offers | MOOCs: Massive open online courses

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 below and here.

Please note that it is often possible to participate in LNDS-external courses/events and validate credits or seminar sheet entries. In case of uncertainties, contact the LNDS coordinator.


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

EPFL-BIO 693 State of the Art Topics in Neuroscience VI "Controlling Behavior in Animals and Robots" (December 3 & 4, 2018)

  • LNDS students who want to participate in the symposium AND submit a term paper after the symposium in order to validate 1 ECTS for PhD courses should follow the instructions below regarding the "REGISTRATION to EPFL-EDNE PhD courses" modes. Please write to the EDNE coordinator (with the LN coordinator in copy) before November 1, and send the filled "external auditor form" together with a scanned copy of the PhD student card to as indicated below.
  • LNDS students who want to participate in the symposium without term paper, please register directly (for free) on the symposium website before November 1. You can put 3 entries on your seminar sheet for symposium attendance without term paper.


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 the BIO609 course. To inquire about free slots in courses, please write to the EDNE coordinator (with the LN coordinator and your thesis director in copy). You will then have to fill an "external auditor form" and send it to the address given in the form together with a scanned copy of the PhD student card.

Note the following points:

  • Sending your PhD student card to EDOC-EPFL is necessary once per semester.
  • Use your university email account (no gmail, hotmail, etc) for sending mails to the EDNE coordinator (and put the LN coordinator and your thesis in copy)
  • Please respect these registration rules, otherwise your demand cannot be processed!
  • Once you receive your EPFL credit transcript, please send it  to the LNDS coordinator for credit validation. 


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

Course name and organizer ECTS Start Date
Brain Development - JP Hornung 1.5 Spring 2019
Sensory Functions - JP Hornung 1.5 Spring 2019
Neuron-Glia Biology - A.Volterra 1.5 Spring 2019
Modulation of Synaptic Transmission - D.Fasshauer 1 Spring 2019
Neuronal death and repair in the Central Nervous System - N. Toni 1 Spring 2019
Introduction to Psychiatric Neuroscience - K.Do 1.5 Spring 2019
From memory to memory loss: Alzheimer's Disease 1.5 Fall 2018
Brain Functions to Behaviour 1 Spring 2019

For registration, please write a mail to the LN coordinator.  Please note that course times do not overlap even when announced for the same date.

Link to the full schedule of UNIL courses for the Msc in Medical Biology




Unige MSc couses

Course name and organizer ECTS Start Date
Principles of neurobiology I 2 Fall 2018; starts September 18
Principles of neurobiology II 2 Fall 2018; starts September 19
Techniques for investigating Brain Functions - C. Michel 2 Fall 2018; starts September 20
Statistics and Probability - JM Nunes 2 Fall 2018; starts September 17?
Biostatistics II - JM Nunes 1 Fall 2018; starts September 19
Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology - R. Ronchi 2 Spring 2019
Introduction to cognitive and affective neuroscience - P. Vuilleumier 2 Spring 2019
Biophotonics - L. Bonacina 2.5 Spring 2019
Introducting the human brain: from structure to function - J. Kiss 2 Spring 2019

The list above only contains a selection of courses of the Unige Msc program in Neuroscience; the comprehensive list (incl. on topics like memory, language functions, brain development and plasticity, genetics and bioinformatics) can be found here.

Students should be able to enroll directly via the Chamilo platform to have access to course materials. For registration to courses organized by the "CIN" (enabling participation to course exams and ECTS transfer), please write to the LNDS coordinator and Delphine Jochaut. For registration to courses organized by the "FPSE" (enabling participation to course exams and ECTS transfer), please write to the LNDS coordinator and register as external auditor using the form here.

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 PhD students can only validate only 2 credits.

Course start dates: If not indicated otherwise, MSc courses start with the first week of a semester.


“Open Science & reproducibility” workshop series


The “Open Science & reproducibility” workshop series initiative supported by the Data Management Unit at FBM/CHUV Library and the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School should be a unique opportunity for PhD students to discuss and learn Open Science best practices and standards. In a series of workshops, researchers as well as scientific information specialists will provide you with new knowledge and skills in systematic literature search and bias assessment (Workshop I), experimental design and statistics (Workshop II), data management and data sharing (Workshops III & IV) to support high quality and reproducible studies.

Please find an overview of the previous workshops here, as well as detailed programs of the lectures and workshops.

A workshop on “Data management & Open Data” will take place on November 8, 2018, as part of the workshop series. Please find more information here.

The workshop taking place on November 8 is fully booked now, but new dates will be available soon, stay tuned!



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 (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.

MOOCs: Massive open online courses

MOOCs are "massive open online courses" and are often a good way for students to increase their understanding on a certain subject (e.g. if missing a study background in neurobiology) or to explore other fields.

Please find a list (with start and end dates) of links to neuroscience MOOCs here. Course offers are manifold and provide introductory and expert knowledge on many topics.
LNDS students can basically validate participation to MOOCs with doctoral school credits, but apart from the offers below that are already verified by the LNDS this needs to be done on an individual basis (Who is teaching? How many hours should be translated into credits? What is the course level, e.g. master, equivalent to introductory or advanced PhD courses?)

In order to inquire about the potential validation of a MOOC participation in your doctoral program, please send the name and link of the MOOC you would like to take to the LNDS coordinator at least 2 weeks before course start.
After the course, provide the LNDS coordinator with your course certificate (as for summer/winter schools and international conferences) for credit validation.


Already verified MOOC offers

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LN Journal Clubs

Several LN labs hold journal clubs open for all LNDS PhD candidates; please see here how to validate participation. A listing of currently running journal clubs can be found here.


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.

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