EDMS Course information


In addition to conducting a research project in a group at either ISREC or GHI, graduate students complete their education by attending courses and seminars. Students are required to accumulate 12 credits during their doctoral studies.

(3-4 credits each)

Each course covers a topic in cell or molecular biology and typically consists of ~10 weekly two-hour sessions, with a lecture by invited speakers followed by a discussion of scientific papers. Usually one graduate course is offered each year. Some other graduate courses on other topics may be proposed once per two or three year.

EPFL offers a broad spectrum of doctoral courses and practicals open to EDMS students. The available courses and their credits are listed in the course book.

(credits indicated in the course description must be confirmed by the PhD Program director)

Summer Courses in Cancer & Immunology

UNIL also offers a broad spectrum of doctoral courses and practicals open to ISREC-GHI students.

  • The Doctoral Program in Microbial Sciences (DPMS) was launched in the beginning of 2011 and its activities are open to all EDMS students.
  • To learn more about this program and its activities, click on this link.
  • Registration for these courses requires the approval of the thesis director.

(credits are indicated in the course book)

The Swiss Institutes of Bioinformatics (SIB) offer introductory and advanced courses on bioinformatics, biostatistics, computer modelling and programming.

Biology Master course at the ENS Lyon

Credits for these and other external courses requires the pre-approval by the EDMS doctoral program director:

  • Courses are credited on the basis of 1 credit for 14 hours of lectures/practicals and 14 hours of homework, provided the student’s performance is evaluated (ECTS accreditation system).
  • Attending/speaking/presenting a poster at a scientific meeting or attending seminars is encouraged but does not count as credits (except for the EPFL Life Science Seminars).
  • Course certificates must be transmitted to the EDMS office.

Participation to the course “Laboratory Animal Anatomy Series” will be accepted as one point/day further education for laboratory animal experimentation.

For more information & to register for the course, please contact directly Ms Christine Göpfert.