The graduate school for informatics in medicine and lifescience has been established within the Excellence Initiative of the federal government an the federal states in November 2007. In this context the establishment of the Ph.D department of the same name took place in 2008, which offers an interdisciplinary doctoral study which is unique in Germany.
Depending on the academic background every doctoral student must fulfil a curriculum during the project, whose general scope is specified by the examination regulations, but whose content can be arranged in individual learning agreements.
This curriculum constists of disciplinary courses as well as of interdisciplinary courses and workshops, participation in conferences, publications and transferable skills workshops. If desired, the time frame regarding the fulfilment of the curriculum will be arranged in a way, that stays abroad and industrial trainings are possible. International doctoral students have the possibility to participate at a language course if needed.
The interfaces between medicine, informatics, mathematics and life science are a unique selling point of this doctoral programme. Therefore each doctoral student is supported by a supervision team, to work the project structured and application-oriented. This team consists of a supervisor, a co-supervisor of each interface area of the project and a mentor. Regular meetings with the supervision team and the summary of the research progress within a six-monthly report support the project progression, enhances the progess analysis of all doctoral students and they are an important monitoring tool. Overall, this method of support has proved to be successful.
One element is the organisation of regular meetings of the doctoral students among each other. The aim of the meetings is the integration of new doctoral students, but especially also the opportunity for further discussions, current issues on the Ph.D process, administrative matters, feedback etc. For new parents the parent-child workroom with Notebook and toys is available. There is additional support for scholarship holders by a child-related increase of the scholarship. For foreign doctoral students, the Graduate School provides support with the family reunification, either by enabling a travel to relatives or by assistance with influx of their family to Lübeck. In addition there is further support, like support in communicating with authorities for example.
The senate of the university is formal the competent authority for the course of study, but delegates certain tasks, for instance the election of the examination committee to the joint senate committee of the sections informatics/technology and science. The two management members of the Graduate School also belong to the examination committee. In addition the other committees dealing with the management of the Graduate School are also important for managing the doctoral programme. Besides the annual general meeting of the Graduate school, especially the steering committee will be attached with great importance, where members of all sections are represented.