General information incl. course registration | LNDS PhD Courses | EPFL courses & symposia | CUSO courses | Unil MSc courses | Unige MSc couses | 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 and event locations: Please see here for course locations in Lausanne and Geneva. The link also tales you a public calendar with talks and conferences in various Lemanic research institutions.



EPFL courses & symposia

EPFL Neuro Workshop – Vision: from vision research to clinical therapy (March 29, 2021)
Registration ist free, but required


EPFL Neuro Symposium: Barrel Cortex (28 -30 June 2021)

  • LNDS students who want to participate in the symposium AND the assessment in order to validate 1 ECTS for PhD courses should follow the instructions below regarding the "REGISTRATION to EPFL-EDNE PhD courses". Please write to the EDNE coordinator (with the LN coordinator in copy), 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 the final assessment, please register directly on the symposium website. You can put 3 entries on your seminar sheet for symposium attendance without term paper.

Registration modalities to EPFL courses for LNDS PhD candidates

EPFL-EDNE PhD courses: LNDS PhD students are most welcome to attend the courses listed in the section "Doctoral Program courses" of the EPFL PhD program in neuroscience (EDNE), 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. 


Other EPFL PhD courses: You might also find interesting PhD courses in other EPFL programs. Please ask the LNDS 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 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
Neurological Diseases 1 A2020
Brain Development 1 Spring 2021
Sensory Functions 1.5 Spring 2021
Neuron-Glia Biology 1 Spring 2021
Modulation of Synaptic Transmission 1 Spring 2021
Neuronal death and repair in the Central Nervous System 1 Spring 2021
Introduction to Psychiatric Neuroscience 1.5 Spring 2021
Translational Research in Psychiatric Neuroscience : from Animal Model to Humans 1 Spring 2021

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




The list above only contains a selection of courses of the Unige Msc program in Neuroscience; please use the link here to find more courses on: 

  • Methodology and data analyses; Artifical intelligence
  • Affective, cognitive, social and clinical neuroscience
  • Bioethics
  • Development & plasticity
  • Language & communication
  • Neuroeconomics

Students should be able to enroll directly via the Chamilo platform to have access to course materials. For registration to courses organized by the "Neurocenter" (enabling participation to course exams and ECTS transfer), please write to the LNDS coordinator and Delphine Jochaut. If you would like to attend a course organized by the "FPSE", please write to the LNDS coordinator who will forward your qish to the study coordinator. If your course participation is approved, you should become a course auditor (enabling ECTS transfer to the LNDS) via the website of the UNIGE admission office (indicating your Swiss matriculation no.).

Please note that the ECTS given to PhD candiates for participation in MSc courses differs (e.g. 3 ECTS for MSc students = 2 ECTS for PhD candidates). Contact the LNDS coordinator in case of questions.

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


Other course offers

Please note that courses listed below have varying modes of registration:
* Courses (i.e. marked with an asterisk) direct you to a self-enrollment website. Register and send the course certificate to the LN coordinator. Please note that the UNIL language course are oftentimes only accessible for UNIL students.
+ Courses (i.e. marked with a plus sign) are organized by UNIGE. Please first contact the course organizer directly to enroll. In case of problems, please ask the LNDS coordinator for help.
# Courses (i.e 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 register for a particular series, will do my best to do so, but watch out for alternative offers, e.g under the CUSO section.
Courses with non of the previous signs: Send an e-mail to (with the name of the course as subject and your supervisor in copy) at least two weeks before course start.

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.
Website crawlers helping you to find suitable offers (of neuroscience, programming and other courses) are here and here.

Moreover, the FENS (Federaion of European Neuroscience Societies) host a website with a collection of recorded courses and other training events, as well as a list of third-party offers on many neuroscience topics, but also career development and scientific dissemination. In order to receive information first hand, consider becoming a member of FENS (or the Swiss Society of Neuroscience SSN)!

LNDS candidates can partially validate participation to MOOCs with doctoral school credits, but decisions for new MOOCs are taken 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.
For credit validation: Provide the LNDS coordinator with your course certificate (as for summer/winter schools and international conferences). Yet, the LNDS cannot cover the costs of these certificates for you; many MOOCs have free audit tracks. If you take such a MOOC audit track, please send a snapshot of your detailed course session completion to the LNDS coordinator; your name and the name of the MOOC you completed must be clearly visible, too. 

Please find under the link here a selection of already verified MOOC offers on neuroscience topics, programming and statistics skills etc. The list is constantly updated .....


Online training offers on research ethics and legislation


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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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