Curriculum overview and credits

Doctoral research project (150 ECTS)

Throughout the three-year program (60 ECTS per year) doctoral candidates will work on their research projects. The second and third year will be dedicated almost exclusively to research and dissertation writing.

Teaching program (30 ECTS)

Teaching weeks (20 ECTS)

Focus courses (either weekly during the semester or blocked week-long courses of at least 30 hours of teaching) will lay the foundation for interdisciplinary research by teaching students analytical, theoretical and methodological skills.

Candidates take written exams at the end of each of the classes and will have to achieve 75% to pass. (Taking the interdisciplinarity of candidates’ groups into account, usually the average of the three best tests of each class is taken as 100%.)

First semester
– Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology (3 ECTS)
– Basic Philosophical Concepts and Philosophy of Mind (3 ECTS)
– Cognitive Neuroscience (3 ECTS)
– Clinical Neuroscience (3 ECTS)

Second semester
– Winter School Ethics of Neuroscience and AI (3 ECTS)
– Neuroimaging (3 ECTS)
– Language and the Brain (3 ECTS)

Additional courses (examples)
– Current issues in philosophy and neuroscience
– Matlab
– Python
– R

Obligatory academic key competencies’ courses (5 ECTS)

  • Good Scientific Practice (1.25 ECTS) (recommended for first year)
  • Scientific presentation (1.25 ECTS) (recommended for first year)
  • Scientific writing (1.25 ECTS) (recommended for second year)
  • Grant-application writing (1.25 ECTS) (recommended for third year)

See also: Scientific soft-skill / key competency courses

Presentations, lectures, workshops (5 ECTS)

  • Conference attendance with own talks or posters
  • Journal and methods clubs of cohorts
  • Annual research reviews in poster presentations
  • Annual academic retreats
  • Participation in international lecture series


This page last updated on: 21 February 2024


Dr. Dirk Mende