Online course - How to study behavior in vertebrates

This course is aimed at PhD students. Register on the course website until December 31, 2020

The course is focused on behavioural studies and gives an introduction to behavioural studies in animals, the use of laboratory animals including rodents and fish, and common and novel methodological applications.

Course syllabus

Introduction to ethology, how to measure and interpret behaviour in animals  factors that can influence results in behavioural studies

Fish behaviour, behavioural tests in fish, zebrafish larvae and adults, other species (e.g. sticklebacks, salmonids), inter-specific differences in behaviour

Mouse genetics, behavioural testing in mice, behaviour and neuroscience, considerations for genetic and optogenetic testing, methods for introducing rat as a genetic model organism

Multivariate behavioural tests for behavioural profiling of rat, mouse and zebrafish including multivariate data analysis procedures

The examination consists of a computer based examination and scientific discussions related to the student’s own projects.


We welcome students from a broad background in preclinical or clinical behavioural studies with an interest in preclinical neuroscience. The course is free of charge.

You can find additional information on the course website