The PSC PhD Program in Plant Sciences requires completion of 12 ECTS (credit points) from courses organized or accredited by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC). This includes: PSC courses, Life Science Zurich Graduate School courses, and university courses in the area of transferable skills.

For your curriculum choose courses from the table below. The table is taken from PhD Program Plant Sciences guidelines (PDF, 460 KB):

Activities [Numbers correspond to chapters in the Guidelines] ECTS

Compulsory Activity:



Core Elective Activity:





4 - 10

Elective Activity:
Remainder of 12 ECTS may be chosen from*:
  • Participation in international scientific symposium with own scientific contribution (oral or poster presentation) (max. 1 ECTS)
  • Transferable skill course can also be visited at GRACE (University of Basel), GRC or LSZGS and other continuing education offers
  • Organization of PSC PhD Symposium (max. 3 ECTS) [3.3.5]




max. 6

* with approval of principal investigator or thesis committee

Accreditation of other courses (ECTS)

Participation in other courses (national/international) need prior agreement of your PhD supervisor.

All ECTS acquired outside of Universities of Zurich and Basel, ETH Zurich and associated PhD Programs need a confirmed accreditation through the PSC office: fill the form in the submenu Procedures → Accreditation of external courses. 

PSC offers courses in collaboration with Life Science Zurich Graduate School, University of Zurich, University of Basel and ETH Zurich. Students have to make sure to follow accreditation procedures for all other courses.


All students who started their PhD after February 2016 have to participate in the LSZGS introduction event Scientific Integrity - An Introductory Course (2 hours, no ECTS). During this event students sign the declaration of “Good scientific practice” that becomes part of your DissGo documents.

Alternatively, for ETH PhD students: Introductory Program for PhD students: Workshop "Research Integrity" for PhD students at ETH Zurich (2-3 hours, no ECTS)

All PhD students who have or will participate in a course on “Research Integrity” or “Ethics” during their PhD program don’t need to visit the introduction class. To see all accredited training courses, check the scientific integrity training course catalogue. (PDF, 163 KB)