Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences


Our graduate school, Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences, was founded in November 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. This was followed-up in 2008 with the establishment of a namesake doctoral studies department, which offers a unique programme in Germany for doctoral students.

Special features of this department:

Examination regulations
Examination regulations

Personalised Learning Agreements

Depending on your academic background, you must complete a specific
as a doctoral student, as defined in general by the
Examination regulations
, with specifics detailed in your personalised Learning Agreement.

This curriculum comprises
courses in a particular discipline,
interdisciplinary courses,
workshops, attendance at
a workshop on transferable skills
. The timeline for completion is arranged, upon request, to allow you to study abroad or train at a company. If necessary, you can also attend a language course.

Interdisciplinary mentoring concept

This doctoral programme is distinguished by its interface between medicine, informatics, mathematics and life sciences. Consequently, an interdisciplinary team of mentors advises you as a doctoral student to ensure that the respective project is addressed in a structured and application-driven model. This team comprises a
, a
each from the respective
project department
and a
The team of mentors
meets with you regularly, and a
semi-annual report
summarising your progress helps keep the project on track, facilitates analysis of how all students are advancing and serves as a key control mechanism. This mentoring approach has proven to be extremely effective.

Integration of the Doctoral Student in the Academic Environment with Support During Special Circumstances in Life

One aspect is to organise
regular meetings
of doctoral students. The purpose here is to integrate new students, but mainly to facilitate professional exchanges, address questions on progress, administrative matters, provide feedback, etc. As a parent with young children, you can use the Parent-Child office
set up with a notebook and toys. As a scholarship recipient, you can get additional aid for childcare. If you are an
international doctoral student,
the graduate school provides support to bring families together, by either financing a trip home to your family or assisting your family’s move to Lübeck. Other assistance, such as communicating with officials, is also available.

Supervision and management

The Universität zu Lübeck Senate formally heads this programme, but it delegates many tasks, e.g., election of the examination committee to the
Joint Senate Committee
of the Informatics/Engineering and Natural Sciences Section. Both heads of the graduate school are also members of examination committee, and other committees in the graduate school are involved in supervising the doctoral programme. In addition to the Annual General Meeting
of the graduate school, the
Steering Committee
with member representatives from all the sections plays a major role.