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Conditions of participation for PhD candidates


  • Graduate Campus courses for PhD candidates are aimed primarily at PhD candidates matriculated at the University of Zurich. If you are not matriculated at UZH then you must apply for  Module Mobility in order to book a module.
  • Courses can only be booked online using the UZH student portal. You can only book modules during the module booking period and after paying your semester fees.
  • You are responsible for monitoring your own bookings and cancellations. This includes ensuring that your bookings or cancellations have been processed correctly.
  • If there is an insufficient number of participants, Graduate Campus reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course.


  • After the canceling deadline: If an excuse is submitted without being prompted by email to, Graduate Campus will cancel your booking.
  • An unexcused absence (so-called "no-show") leads to a lost course place and takes the place of another participant away and is therefore prohibited. Without a written apology sent to the Graduate Campus before the start of the course by email to, the booked but not fully attended course is recorded as a "Fail" on your transcript of records. An absence of more than 2 hours without prior notice to the Graduate Campus is also considered an unexcused absence. 
  • In either case, a verbal and/or written cancellation sent only to the instructor is not sufficient.


Each course has an assessment requirement that must be fulfilled (e.g. presentation or written assignment), regardless of whether an ECTS credit is needed. Complete participation is also a part of this assessment. 

ECTS credits

An ECTS credit can only be be awarded upon successful course completion

Concerning the number and allocation of ECTS credits, the following rules apply:

  • A course consists of a workload of 1 ECTS credits, i.e. 30 hours, including independent study and course participation
  • Each course has an assessment requirement which must be fulfilled
  • Attendance of all course sessions (complete participation).

The individual faculties decide whether or not academic achievements can be considered a curricular element of your doctoral studies.

Course participants are not automatically entitled to have a completed course recognized or considered as a part of their doctoral studies. For this reason, doctoral candidates are strongly encouraged to determine whether or not a course is recognized as a part of their doctoral studies before registering for a university-wide course. Ideally, the PhD candidate should discuss whether the recognition of courses with the respective supervisor before booking a course.

Academic achievements are recognized as such if the ECTS credits earned appear on the transcript of records.

Courses in cooperation with the School for Transdisciplinary Studies

Please note that the deadlines for modules of the School for Transdisciplinary Studies (STS) may differ. The booking and cancellation deadlines for STS modules can be found in the course catalogue under the respective module under "Organisation".

Weiterführende Informationen

Courses for PhD candidates