PhD courses

NRSN works to make the best neuroscience PhD courses at all partner universities available to all PhD candidates in Norway. Our course portfolio includes ECTS accredited courses in a wide range of topics, based on the partners' expertise.  Courses are adapted to facilitate student exchange  (e.g., through intensive or module based teaching), and NRSN offers travel- and accommodation grants to external participants. 

Travel- and accommodation grants

Travel- and accommodation grants are available to all NRSN members who participate in PhD courses outside of their home institution. Normally, the travel grants cover travelling expenses and are limited to 2000 NOK for the roundtrip, including public transportation to/from the airport. Please note that private transportation is not included. If the course is split in two, you will receive 2000 NOK for the two round trips and so forth. NRSN will cover your accomodation up to 1200 NOK per night. You have to buy your tickets and arrange your accomodation yourself unsless told otherwise. Go to travel reimbursments to learn more about it. In the award letter, you will be informed if the hotel accommodation will be provided by NRSN, or if you have to make this arrangement yourself. NRSN will reimburse your expenses after the event, according to the conditions specified in the award letter.

Apply for a NRSN travel grant

How to register for the PhD courses

You have to apply to the institution that is offering the course to be accepted as an external participant. Please visit the PhD course webpage (by clicking on the course name below) or contact the PhD course coordinator to receive detailed instructions. Note that it is your home institution which is responsible for the formal approval of the course into the educational component of your PhD degree.

Currently available PhD courses


Autumn Semester 2017

Integrated Neuroscience (6 ECTS)
This course is organized by the International Graduate School in Integrated Neuroscience (IGSIN) at the University in Bergen in the autumn semester from 2 - 13 October 2017 . The course is intended to give the students a basic and integrated understanding of the interplay between neurobiological systems and cognition, affect and behaviour. Thirty hours of lectures, demonstrations and/or laboratory work, concentrated over a two week period.

The deadline for registration is not yet set.


Essentials of Neurophysiology: from neurons to circuits to behaviours (5 ECTS)
This course is offered by the University in Oslo and takes place in January 2018. Dates will be announed in autumn 2017. The course covers the basic principles of neuron signalling and interactions that underlie brain function. Teaching includes lectures by top researchers in neuroscience, group discussions and demonstrations/lab work. A take-home examination will be given at the end of the course.


Spring Semester 2018

more details will be announced in autumn 2017.

Human Psychophysiology: High-Density EEG analysis (10 ECTS)
This is a 2-week intensive course from on the EEG methodology and its application in studies of human brain functions, with particular focus on the visual system. Participants will learn about EEG signal processing though lectures, practical exercises in the lab, statistical analyses, group discussions and presentations. The course is given by Prof. Audrey van der Meer and colleagues in the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at NTNU. At the end of the course, each student will write an individual report which forms the basis of the formal assessment (examination). 


Visual Neuroscience: Understanding Vision (10 ECTS)
This course is offered by the University College of Souteast Norway, and the teaching takes place at Kongsberg Campus. The course provides a broad understanding of the fundamentals of visual systems, blending the psychological, neurophysiological, and basic computational aspects of vision into a unified theory of vision. The teaching will combine lectures, discussions and laboratory experiments. 


Computational Neuroscience (10 ECTS)
This course is offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and will teach how the properties of neurobiological systems can be modelled mathematically, and how to navigate in the academic literature on computational neuroscience. Teaching will include lectures and assisted exercsies, organized in 2 sessions throughout the semester to facilitate participation by external participants.















PhD courses in autumn 2017
Apply for NRSN Travel Grant

  • Integrated Neuroscience (6 ECTS)
  • Essentials of Neurophysiology: from neurons to circuits to behaviors (5 ECTS)

Summer Schools in 2017

5th National PhD Conference in Neuroscience in Sommarøy

Scientific Writing Workshop 2017

NRSN International Training Grant
NEW procedure: OPEN throughout the year

Supervisor Workshop 2017

NRSN joined NENS
FENS training available for NRSN members


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