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Bioinformatics provides an important bridge between cutting-edge science and the delivery of genomic medicine in clinical practice.

Demand for genetic testing and, therefore, clinical bioinformatics is increasing globally all the time, but there is a severe shortage of bioinformaticians able to analyse clinical genomic data. This Postgraduate Certificate will enable you to gain the necessary skills to fill this gap and enhance your career opportunities.

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Course overview

Our fully-online PGCert is a practical, clinically-focused course aimed at providing the necessary skills to produce high quality bioinformatic workflows to analyse and interpret clinical genomic data.

Studying units such as next generation sequencing and an introduction to programming, you’ll extend your knowledge of critical methods of genomic analysis.

You will learn how to:

  • understand the theory and practice of clinical bioinformatics;
  • develop a critical understanding of how data is generated by clinical genomic laboratories;
  • use this information and how it can be logically and systematically employed to deliver effective clinical management of genetic conditions;
  • contribute to innovation, change and service developments in clinical science at both the laboratory and institutional levels.
Globally unique, fully online

This is a practical, clinically focused course aimed at working healthcare professionals to receive excellent practical training for a research or health-based career.

Real-world challenges

The course includes real-world clinical case studies and will focus on providing the necessary bioinformatic skills to produce bioinformatics workflows to analyse clinical genomic data.

World-class academics

You will be taught by a team that has successfully delivered the Clinical Bioinformatics Scientist Training Programme and has several years' experience training clinical bioinformaticians for the UK’s National Health Service.

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Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for a range of healthcare professionals including bioscientists, clinicians, computer scientists, informaticians, clinical scientists. This course is designed to develop your knowledge in this new field and enhance your career.

Where will it take me?

Successful graduates of this course will gain the skills and knowledge to pursue and develop a career or hone a specialism in clinical bioinformatics.

You’ll make a real difference in understanding disease processes and improving healthcare. This course provides a starting point for a career in this rapidly expanding area of healthcare.

Course units


Introduction to clinical bioinformatics

  • Provide background knowledge of human genomics with particular emphasis to the clinical setting
  • Application of next generation sequencing technologies in the clinic
  • Introduction of basic next generation sequencing and how resulting genomic data is analysed


Introduction to health informatics

  • Health informatics and the influence on the delivery of healthcare
  • The electronic patient record and the importance of coding healthcare delivery consultations
  • The human and organisational factors that are considered when introducing informatics solutions


Introduction to programming

  • Introduction to programming
  • Safe and effective software development practice
  • Develop practical programming skills


Introduction to next-generation sequencing

  • Extend your knowledge of the wide range of bioinformatics pipelines, tools and resources
  • How these tools are used by clinical bioinformaticians to support patient-centred care, diagnosis and treatment
  • Look at the ethical and confidentiality issues that arise with such sensitive data

Flexible course options

Our online course is designed to fit around your existing commitments and lifestyle. You’ll be able to select from a range of postgraduate and CPD course options. To find the qualification most suited to your needs and requirements.


  • Up to one term
  • One unit
  • Dedicated course adviser
  • Five hours average weekly study


  • Up to one term
  • One unit
  • Dedicated course adviser
  • Five hours average weekly study

PG Certificate

  • Up to one year
  • Four units
  • Dedicated course adviser
  • 15 hours average weekly study

Year of entry: 2020

Degree awarded
PG Cert Part Time
12 months PT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent :

  • biological
  • medical
  • physical
  • computing sciences subject

with sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken. We may also consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second if you have research experience or equivalent professional experience.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
How to apply

Recruitment has completed for the May 2020 deadline. We're taking applications for CPD units and you can still apply for the May 2021 start date.

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert N N N Y

Course overview

  • Study a subject at the cutting edge of science and develop a career in the delivery of genomic medicine in clinical practice.
  • Improve your employability in this growing field to fill the shortage of bioinformaticians able to analyse clinical genomic data.
  • Study this practical, clinically-focused course entirely online, giving you flexibility to fit it around other commitments.
  • Learn from a team that has been training clinical bioinformaticians for the NHS for several years.
  • Study units from this PGCert as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD).
Clinical Bioinformatics at The University of Manchester

Open days

A virtual postgraduate open day is now open for registrations. The week-long event is held from 29 June - 3 July. For more information and to sign up to hear about the whole week, please sign up  here  .

We're offering a tailored webinar specifically to talk about the online and blended learning offer at Manchester. 

Webinar details as follows:

Date: Monday 29  TH  June, Time: 11:00AM-12:00PM

Online and Blended Learning opportunities at The University of Manchester 

Looking to study online?   Our dedicated Course Advisors will explain how you can benefit from flexible, part-time learning this September. Our online and blended courses range from CPD to Master's level and offer you the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence for your next career move. This session will explain the University's online and blended learning experiences available  to you and how they can offer you the opportunity to learn at your own pace, in your own time, wherever you are in the world.

Speakers:  Daisy James and Craig Donaldson, Course Advisors

Please submit any questions you have to our dedicated Course Advisor, Daisy James by emailing her at  .  

Register here


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,900
    International students (per annum): £3,900

Each unit is available individually as CPD. Course fee is £1,100 per unit.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

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