ZNZ PhD students are required to obtain a minimum of 12 ECTS credits by the end of the thesis period from courses organized or accredited by the ZNZ. Five of these credit points have to be achieved by completing the mandatory Introductory Course in Neuroscience (Exams I & II) and attending at least one PhD retreat. 

In addition to that, PhD students at the UZH Science Faculty are required to achieve minimum 100 hours teaching. More details here

Mandatory courses and retreat (5 ECTS credits)

Elective courses (min. 7 ECTS credits)

a) Research related courses

Advanced Course in Neurobiology, Toolbox for Neuroscientists, neuroscience-related courses offered at UZH and ETH, methods (e.g. microscopy, spectrometry, imaging, statistics), research seminars, summer schools and workshops.

Research related courses

b) Transferable skills courses (max. 4 ECTS credits)

Scientific Writing, Ethics, German course for non-German speaking students, etc.

Transferable skills courses


At least one third one the credit points have to be achieved outside the area of the student's PhD topic but in the area of neuroscience.

No credit points are awarded for English courses as a good command of English is a prerequisite for participation in the program. Other language courses may be accredited if they are essential to the dissertation project.

Credit points will only be awarded for courses and workshops, but not for the attendance of conferences.