Courses offered in English for PhD candidates and postdocs

The courses and workshops listed below (updated 22.06.2017) 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
Writing workshop for social scientists 2 Tage PhD GRC 1 -
Writing skills for social scientists 2 Tage PhD GRC 1 -
Giving and receiving text feedback 1 Tag PhD GRC 0 -
Publish or perish: Designing research for publication

2 Tage

PhD GRC 1 -
Scientific publication: discover, manage, disseminate 

3 Tage

PhD GRC 1 -
Scientific writing in the sciences and medicine

4 Tage

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 -

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 -
Scientific poster design 3 days PhD GRC 1 -
Voice training and presentation skills in the sciences and medicine 3 days PhD GRC 1 -
Voice training and presentation skills 3 days Postdoc GRC 0 -
How to apply for a permanent academic position 3 days Postdoc-women AGL 0 260.-
Advanced pronunciation and speaking 7 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 0 276.-
Pronunciation and speaking basics 7 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 0 276.-
Presentation skills: Natural science and engineering B2.2-C1 7 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 1 368.-
Discussions and vocabulary building B2  14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 1 552.-
Advanced discussions and vocabulary extension C1-C2 14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 552.-
Fostering Interaction in Lectures for Large Classes 0.5 days Instructors WB 0 -
Sdays presence and classroom management 0.5 days Instructors WB 0 -
Improving my presentation slides with simple means 1 Tag 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 -
Speaker, audience, message - making connections 2 x 4h Instructors WB 0 -
Using posters as teaching tools 1 Tag Instructors WB 0 -

Funding and career

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost

Postdoc: What's next?

2.5 days Postdoc GRC 0 150.-
Successful fund acquisition 2 days Postdoc GRC 0 150.-
Successful fund acquisition and grant writing 2 days PhD GRC 1 -
Job hunting with a PhD 2 days PhD GRC 1 -

Self-management skills

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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
English for engineers and scientists B2-C1 14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 508
English foundations B1.1 (part 1) 14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 552

Teaching and counseling

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
English for engineers and scientists B2-C1 14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 508
English foundations B1.1 (part 1) 14 x 1.5h PhD SUEZ 2 552
Teaching and learning in laboratory practical classes 1 day Lehrende WB 0 -
Motivating and activating students 1 day Lehrende WB 0 -
Intercultural communication in the classroom - Understanding each other across cultural borders 1 day Lehrende WB 0 -
Key Elements of Flipped Classroom 2 x 4h Lehrende WB 0 -
Mobile voting and feedback systems 0.5 days Lehrende WB 0 -
Storytelling & storyboard science - Science communicating through film 4 days Lehrende WB 0 -
Supervising students - dealing with roles and relationships 0.5 days Lehrende WB 0 -

Leadership, management, negotiation and moderation

Course title Duration Target group Provider* ECTS Cost
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
ScienceCloud training: base 1x2h all ZI 0 -