Swiss Doctoral School


A SDS in Affective Sciences Certificate is granted once the student has obtained the PhD degree from her/his Faculty and upon successful completion and confirmation of at least 11 credits for course work from the SDS in Affective Sciences course program. The credits granted from the SDS in Affective Sciences are equivalent to the workload in ECTS credits. The certificate is complementary to the one released by the University without legal value per se.

If, at the time of her/his PhD thesis defense, the student has not completed the required amount of credits to obtain the certificate, she/he may remain enrolled in the program until the confirmation of the 11 credits required or for a maximum period of 6 months.

Credits are assigned following the indications in the table below.


Credits calculation

Min credits required



12 lectures = 1 credit




5 workshops = 1 credit


Graduate Seminar


5 graduate seminars = 1 credit





1 day = 0.5 credit

2 days = 1 credit

>=3 days = 1.5 credit




0.5 credit per talk or poster


Summer/Winter School


0.5 credit each day


Knowledge Transfer

(minimum 2 activities)

25h = 1 credit4


Soft Skills Training

Must be validated by SDS in Affective Sciences Coordinator5


Other activities (MOOCs, courses, …)



1Overall 3 credits across all the activities should be interdisciplinary, meaning in a discipline different than the main discipline of the student’s research. In order to indicate which activities correspond to this criterion the student will check the corresponding box in the “Apply for credits” form.

2In addition to the lectures organized by the SDS in Affective Sciences, credits can also be obtained for other lecture series, such as 'Thumos' or 'Brain & Cognition'.

3To be added to credits for conference attendance if applicable.

4 Preparation time should also be considered when calculating credits for Knowledge transfer activities.

5 In specific cases, a limited number of credits completed with external partner institutions can also be approved. Please seek approval from education-cisa(at) before signing up.


How to obtain credits:

In order to apply for credits for lectures, the PhD student is required to fill out the “Lectures Credits” form that can be downloaded following this link: Lectures Credits

The form must then be sent to:

Marion Gumy

Swiss Center for Affective Sciences – Campus Biotech

9, Chemin des Mines

CH-1202 Geneva



In order to apply for credits for any other activity the PhD student is required to fill out the “Apply for credits” form that can be downloaded following this link (submitting the mandatory attachments specified in the form): Apply for Credits