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Bioinformatics University Certificate in Professional Development

You are introduced to bioinformatics concepts around visualising and analysing DNA sequence data, as well as basic molecular data analysis.


12 weeks


Course overview

You develop the knowledge of bioinformatics and practical data analysis skills needed by employers and the economy.

The government has provided funding for this course, independent of any previous or current funding you may have for educational purposes. You can apply for short course funding if you are currently in education, or already qualified to degree, master’s or PhD level. If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria. Find out more about short course loans.

The course will provide you with essential information illustrating the breadth of health science provision within the delivery of high quality, person-centred care. Some of this information will be from personal experience of service users/carers utilised in delivery of the indicative content.

This course is ideal if you are:

  • a school or further education college leaver wanting to explore a subject before committing to a full degree
  • unemployed and wanting to develop skills to improve your employability
  • a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge in a subject, or to learn new skills
  • in work and your performance can be enhanced by learning new knowledge and skills
  • returning to education after a break
  • currently in higher education and would like to compliment your skillset with additional knowledge and skills.

You can only enrol on one short course at a time.

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Course details

What you study

  • Introduction to bioinformatics and genomics including analysis of genomic data.
  • Sequence alignment and phylogeny.
  • Data types, application methods and analysis.
  • Reference genomes and databases.
  • Using computational methods to test hypotheses.
  • Major bioinformatics pipelines and analysis workflows.
  • Practical analysis of biological data.

How you learn

The course runs for 12 weeks, using a blended learning approach.

The course includes a one week block of on-campus teaching within the 12 teaching weeks. This block will include five days of six hours a day (9.00am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 4.00pm) delivered as a mixture of group work, seminars, and practicals or science labs. The remaining study is online.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through a series of practical data exercises based upon the core computing practices used in the bioinformatics field.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have completed a level four qualification (or higher) and/or developed knowledge and skills in a health or science subject.



Career opportunities

Our short courses are developed with support from our industrial partners to meet the needs of employers.

They are ideal for you to build the skills employers look for, helping you to develop a new and successful career through one of the flexible learning options available.

Once you’ve completed your short course you could also apply to study a degree by transferring your eligible completed credits.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Start date: 23 January 2023

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