Course Offerings FS 2021

We are pleased to announce very soon the course schedule for the PhD Excellence Program for Spring 2021!

Courses marked with an asterisk * can only be attended by participants of the DSI Excellence Program. The remaining courses are also open to other doctoral students, provided that there are enough places available. In case of doubt, please read the information on the target groups of a course in the UZH course catalogue. You can find the course offerings under Further Offers > UZH Digital Society Initiative Excellence Program.

The course language of all courses is English. 


Unless otherwise noted, the courses listed below are booked via the UZH module booking tool. Please note the booking information as well as the booking and cancellation deadlines listed in the course catalog!

Start of the booking period: 21 January 2021

Registration and Cancellation Terms & Conditions

  • Module bookings in the module booking tool can only be made within the module booking period and only after payment of the semester fees.
  • You are responsible for monitoring your bookings and cancellations. This includes checking whether the bookings or cancellations you have made have been carried out correctly.
  • Cancellations can be made using the module booking tool until the cancellation deadline. After the cancellation deadline, cancellations are only possible in exceptional cases and you must contact the DSI Program Coordinator ( to do so. Cancellations where only the lecturer is notified are not valid.
  • For technical reasons, there are no waiting lists for courses booked via the module booking tool. We recommend that you use the UZH module booking tool to check for available space, especially 2-3 weeks before the course starts (in the period between the cancellation and booking deadline).

Performance Assessment and ECTS Credits

  • For a booked course, the performance assessment must be passed, regardless of whether ECTS credits are needed or not. Otherwise the course is considered as "failed" in your transcript of records.
  • ECTS credits can only be earned if the course's performance assessment is passed.
  • It is up to the faculties to decide whether a successfully completed DSI course will be considered as a curricular part of the doctoral program and whether ECTS credits will be credited. There is no general entitlement to the recognition or crediting of performance. It is therefore strongly recommended that doctoral students inform themselves about their institute's regulations regarding recognition and crediting before they take a course offered by the DSI. Ideally, recognition and crediting should be discussed with the supervisor before registration.
  • For participants of the DSI Excellence Program, successfully completed DSI courses are part of their DSI program requirements. Some institutes may consider simultaneous crediting of ECTS credits to the respective doctoral program as double crediting. In such a case, the participant may have the choice of crediting the performance either to the doctoral program or to the DSI program requirements (except for compulsory courses).

Course Categories

The courses that count towards the DSI Excellence Program are divided into three categories.

Compulsory modules: These courses must be successfully completed by the participants of the Excellence Program. In case of space limitations, participants of the Excellence Program have first priority.

DSI core elective modules: These courses can be chosen by the participants of the Excellence Program. The courses are offered by the DSI. In case of space limitations, participants of the Excellence Program have first priority.

Other core elective modules: These courses can be chosen by the participants of the Excellence Program. The courses are offered by other organisational units (e.g. by different faculties), but can be credited to the DSI Excellence Program. There is no prioritization for participants of the Excellence Program in case of space limitations.


DSI compulsory modules Dates, Location
Interdisciplinary Readling Club * 17.3., 14.4., 28.4., 19.5. (17:00 - 18:30, this course has started in HS 2020); Online
"How to check your research plan?" The Data Protection and Ethics Self- Assessment Tool 18.3.2021 (9:30-17:00); expected to take place online
DSI Professor Pitches 2021 18.1., 1.2., 8.2., 22.2., 1.3., 8.3., 15.3., 22.3. (16:15 - 17:30); Online
Compulsory attendance for DSI Excellence Program PhD students
DSI Summer School 5.7.-9.7. 2021, extected to take place online or in a hybrid form


DSI core elective modules Dates, Location
Creating Evidence in Digital and Mobile
22.4./23.4.2021, je 9:00-17:00,       
expected to take place online


Other core elective modules
No other elective modules are offered by DSI in FS 21.