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University of Basel



The course offerings are sent out twice a year at the beginning of the new semester. Doctoral candidates enrolled at the University of Basel are also informed via e-mail about current course offerings.

Target group

The transferable skills courses are free of charge and exclusively reserved for doctoral candidates and postdocs at the University of Basel. Doctoral candidates from interuniversity doctoral programs between the University of Basel and a partner institution/university as well as doctoral candidates and postdocs from partner universities of the European Campus (University of Freiburg in Germany, Strasbourg, Mulhouse/Colmar and the Institute for Technology in Karlsruhe (KIT)) are also eligible to participate. Here you find more information on how to enroll for classes.


All courses are opened for online application at the same time. To register for courses, use the registration link at the end of the course description. Unfortunately, it is not possible to register via e-mail. The enrollment as a doctoral candidate or the position as a postdoc at the University of Basel will be verified. A registration is binding and will be confirmed by e-mail within a few working days. By registering, you commit to attending the entire course.

Registrations will be processed according to a “first come, first served” principle. In order to make sure that doctoral candidates and postdocs have the opportunity to attend at least one course, participants can register for a maximum of three courses per semester. If you register for more than three courses, your additional applications are placed on a waiting list and the transferable skills coordinators will allocate the available places.

Please note that the registration period for individual courses usually ends four weeks before the course begins. You will receive an e-mail with detailed course information at least two weeks after the registration deadline.

The courses are designed for a minimum number of participants. A course will be canceled if the minimum number is not met. Those who have registered for the course will be notified of its cancelation by e-mail. Once the maximum number of course participants is reached, additional registrations will be placed on the waiting list.

Withdrawal, absence or partial course attendance

Please cancel your course registration as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to grace@unibas.ch so that other people interested in the course can move up from the waiting list. Course registrations can only be canceled before the registration period ends. Participants who fail to attend a course without prior notification or withdraw after the registration deadline are subject to a fee of CHF 30. In addition, participants who cancel their course registration at a later point in time, are absent without an excuse or do not attend the entire course will, for reasons of fairness, not be considered for course registration in the following semester and will be removed from other courses offered in the same semester.

If an urgent, unforeseeable or inevitable event before or during the course prevents a participant from attending, a written and substantiated withdrawal request that includes appropriate documentation (e.g. a doctor’s note) must  be submitted to the Graduate Center (grace@unibas.ch) immediately and without being prompted. The transferable skills coordinators decide on the approval of the withdrawal request. A retroactive submission of reasons for your non-attendance of a course that has already been completed will not be accepted.

Certificate of attendance

Participants who have completed the course successfully receive a certificate of attendance. Necessary requirements are the fulfillment of all tasks (including homework assignments, if given) as well as perfect attendance. The certificates are usually sent out towards the end of the semester.

Course credits

The courses are designed according to the ECTS principles. 1 ECTS credit is the equivalent of a workload of 30 hours. For courses that require 30 hours of independent study and/or course attendance, the Graduate Center may award an ECTS credit. After successful completion of the training, ECTS credits will automatically be transferred to the participant's credit points account towards the end of the semester and will appear in the transcript of records. No further action on the part of the doctoral candidates is required.

For courses which do not fulfill this condition, it is possible to make an individual Learning Contract with the supervisor of the doctoral thesis. The courses can be listed in the individual study plan which is part of the doctoral agreement and confirmed by the signature of the supervisor. Here you can find more information about the doctoral agreement and corresponding downloads. Learning Contracts should be submitted before the course begins.


Questions? Please contact the Transferable Skills team.

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