Courses offered in English for PhD candidates and postdocs

The courses and workshops listed below are organized by various offices of UZH Central Services as noted in the table with the respective abbreviation. Below the table you will find links to the various Central Services offering courses for PhD candidates and postdocs. Other courses or events are organized by the faculties, institutes and doctoral programs.

Academic writing and publishing

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
Scientific writing in the sciences and medicine 4 x 3.5h PhD GRC 1 -
Writing skills for social scientists 2 days PhD GRC 1 -
Giving and receiving text feedback 1 day PhD GRC 0 -
Publish or perish: Designing research for publication 2 days PhD GRC 1 -
Basic academic writing: Humanities, social science B2  14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 508.-
Basic academic writing skills: Natural science and engineering B2  14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 508.-
Writing at doctoral level: Natural science and engineering C1  14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 508.-
Doctoral and research writing for social sciences, humanities, and law C1 14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 508.-
Advanced academic writing C1-C2  14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 508.-
Writing research papers for publication: Natural science and engineering C1-C2  14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 508.-

Academic integrity and research ethics

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
Ethics training for researchers 2 days PhD GRC 1 -
Research integrity (online course) ca. 10h PhD / Postdoc GRC 0 -

Presentation and public appearance

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
How to give a presentation effectively and persuasively 2 days PhD GRC 1 -
Voice training and presentation skills in the sciences and medicine 3 days PhD GRC 1 -
Pimp Your Talk: Enhancing Style and Dynamics in Presentations 1 day Postdoc women AGL 0 -
Pronunciation training and speaking practice 7 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 0 276.-
Presentation skills: Natural science and engineering B2.2-C1 14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 1 368.-
Discussions and vocabulary building B2  14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 552.-
Fostering Interaction in Lectures for Large Classes 0.5 days Instructors WB 0 -
Stage presence and classroom management 0.5 days Instructors WB 0 -
Improving my presentation slides with simple means 1 day Instructors WB 0 -
The power of your voice - voice training for lecturers 2 days Instructors WB 0 -
Rhetorical skills in the classroom and lecture hall 2 days Instructors WB 0 -

Funding and career

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
Successful fund acquisition and grant writing 2 days PhD GRC 1 -
Job hunting with a PhD 2 days PhD GRC 1 -
Successful fund acquisition for researchers 2 days Postdoc GRC 0 150.-
Successful proposal writing for researchers 2 days Postdoc GRC 0 150.-
Postdoc: What's next? 2.5 days Postdoc GRC 0 150.-
How to apply for a permanent academic position 3 days Postdoc women AGL 0 keine
Job Application in English 1.5h all CaSe 0 -
Mock-Interview in English 45 min. all CaSe 0 -
Cover Letters  in English 3h all CaSe 0 -

Self-management skills

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
Managing conflicts 3 days PhD GRC 1 -
Resource-focused stress management 2 days PhD GRC 1 -
Time and self-management 2 days PhD GRC 1 -

Language skills

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
German as a foreign language various formats PhD SUEZ 0-2 varies
Other language courses various formats PhD SUEZ 0-2 varies
English in an international context 14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 552
Understanding lectures, participating in discussions B2 8 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 1 236
Grammar for academic purposes (lecture, exercises) B2.2-C1  14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 1 174

Teaching and counseling

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
Multiple choice exams 2 half days Instructors WB 0 -
Online Annotation for Higher Education half day Instructors WB 0 -
Using Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to gain insights into student learning half day Instructors WB 0 -
Backward course design - a learner-centred approach to course design and lesson planning 2 days Instructors WB 1 -
Supporting and teaching students to be more effective academic writers 2 days Instructors WB 1 -
Instructional media design for enhanced learning processes 1 day Instructors WB 0 -
"Critical Thinking" in Higher Education - reconstructing and evaluating arguments 1 day Instructors WB 0 -
University teaching in English - language, pedagogy and culture 2 days Instructors WB 1 -

Leadership, management, negotiation and moderation

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
Project management for research 3 days PhD GRC 1 -
Leadership skills for doctoral candidates 3 days PhD GRC 1 -
Win-win negotiation skills 2 days PhD / Postdoc GRC 1 / 0 - / 150.-
Negotiating successfully to a win-win result 2 days Postdoc GRC 0 150.-
Project management for postdocs 2 days Postdoc GRC 0 150.-
Leadership skills for postdocs 2 days Postdoc GRC 0 150.-
Supervising students - dealing with roles and relationships half day Instructors WB 0 -

Information skills

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
Foundations of Programming in Python 4x3h all ZI 0 -
MS PowerPoint 2016: Introduction 2x6h all ZI 0 -
MS PowerPoint 2016: Presentations for advanced users 1x6h all ZI 0 -
ScienceCloud training: base 1x2h all ZI 0 -
R: Basic Introduction 1x6h all ZI 0 -
MS Word 2016: Creating and designing scientific literature (Windows) 1.5 Tage all ZI 0 -
LaTeX - Introduction into the typesetting system 2 Tage all ZI 0 -
EndNote: Introduction to reference management 1x2h all ZI 0 -