Doctoral studies in Bioinformatics or Medical Informatics
Doctoral qualification process
Doctoral studies in our field are carried out within the Faculty of Science (Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät; MNF) and lead to the academic title of a Dr. rer. nat. (Doctor of Science). Doctoral qualifcation is only possible in a doctoral subject as defined by the MNF. At the IBMI, you can obtain a PhD in the subjects Bioinformatics und Medical Informatics, both belonging to the Computer Science department.
The doctoral qualification process at the MNF is governed by faculty’s doctoral degree regulations (PromO). The committee responsible for this process is the Postgraduate Affairs Board (PHA) headed by the Dean. For the doctoral qualification process in Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics, the IBMI has definied additional regulations to which the IBMI members and hence the potential supervisors adher.
The doctoral qualification process at the MNF can be divded into three phases as described below:
1. Applying and studying
If an applicant meets all requirements for acceptance as a doctoral candidate, an application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate must be submitted (you will find the form at the end of the Doctoral studies at the University of Tübingen webpage). The requirements are defined in § 3 of the PromO, details regarding the acceptance are defined in § 4 of the PromO.
Applications for acceptance as a doctoral candidate should be submitted before or immediately after starting your doctoral studies. In the past, there have been cases of applications submitted at a very late stage which for formal reasons could only be accepted conditionally or not at all. This should be avoided at all costs. In addition, according to IBMI's doctoral regulations, the TAC should be active from the first year on. Acceptance is also a necessary prerequisite for enrollment as a doctoral student at the University of Tübingen, which is mandatory since 30 March 2018 (see also the Doctoral studies at the University of Tübingen webpage).
During the study phase, each doctoral candidate is assigned at least two academic supervisors, one of which at least must be a full professor in the Computer Science department. Additional supervisors must belong to the group of people specified in § 4(5) of the PromO. Proposals for this so-called doctoral committee are made by the interested party, but these suggestions do not have to be accepted.
Upon completion of their doctoral thesis, the doctoral candidate must apply for admission to the doctoral qualification process (for the form see Important Links). For details, see § 5 PromO.
At least two thesis examiners are required for the assessment, and at least one of which must be a full professor in the Computer Science department. The latter is usually one of the academic supervisors from the application and studying phase. Additional supervisors must belong to the group of people specified in § 4(5) of the PromO. The doctoral candidate may suggest thesis examiners, but these suggestions do not have to be accepted.
When selecting the examiners, please note that since 1 August 2020, at least one of the examiners may not be a co-author of joint publications containing results of the dissertation. This also applies to publications that have not yet been accepted.
3. Oral defense
The oral defense must be held within six weeks upon acceptance of the doctoral thesis. Date and place of the oral defense must be registered (for the registration form, see Important links). The members of the examination board were already selected when applying for admission to the doctoral qualification process.
The examination board consists of four examiners belonging to the group of people as specified in § 4(5) of the PromO. Usually, the thesis examiners are appointed as committee members. In addition, at least three of the examiners should belong to the MNF, and at least two should belong to the Computer Science department. One member will be appointed head of the examination board by the central management office.
Forms of a Dissertation
The MNF accepts three different forms of a dissertation (i.e. of the written thesis):
- Cumulative dissertation
- Dissertation including scientific manuscripts with co-authors
For detailed information, please visit the website of MNF's doctoral office: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/14836