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Summary of Requirements for the International PhD Program in Neuroscience

ZNZ Retreat on scientific career planning

10 November 2015, 08:00 - 17:30, Tagungszentrum Schloss Au, Au/ZH

The retreat is open for 3rd - 4th year ZNZ Phd students and other interested young neuroscientists.
Organized  by the Gender Equality Committee.

Detailed program>>

Graduate Campus

The Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich has been established to support PhD students and Postdocs in their scientific career. The Campus offers funding for interdisciplinary activities, access to a large network of junior researchers and organizes courses, e.g. on transferable skills.
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  1. The PhD student registers at the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ) (registration form (Word-file)
  2. The student and his/her supervisor assemble the thesis steering committee (a minimum of 3 people) within the first few months after immatriculation.
  3. A written thesis proposal, which must be signed by all three members of the thesis steering committee is handed in to the ZNZ office within the first 12 months after the beginning of the PhD work (see template).
  4. The Introductory Course in Neurosciences is taken during the first year
  5. A written examination of the Introductory Course topics is taken in two parts
  6. The student prepares annual oral presentations and written progress reports of the thesis research work which must be signed by all three members of the thesis steering committee and handed in to the ZNZ office (see annual progress reports). The first annual written progress report is handed in at the latest one year after submission of the thesis proposal.
  7. The student takes part at least once in the ZNZ PhD Retreat
  8. In the second, third and possibly fourth year, the student takes advanced lectures and courses with assigned credit points. A minimum of 12 ECTS points must be achieved (see description).
  9. The PhD thesis is completed and must be approved by the thesis steering committee
  10. The student takes the final PhD exam
  11. To claim the ZNZ Certificate, the student submits a copy of the final thesis and the course attendance confirmations to the ZNZ office.

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