Advanced Bioinformatics

Module overview

This optional module will extend your knowledge and capabilities for bioinformatic analysis of genomic data, beyond that achieved in the core Bioinformatics module. You will gain greater understanding of the different approaches to mapping and alignment of sequence data; learn how to use programming and scripting via command line and the Galaxy interface; and learn approaches for detection of structural or copy number changes, and for analysis of epigenetic changes.


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered one day each week for 5 consecutive weeks.

Module dates

First iteration - starts 20 September for 5 consecutive Tuesdays
Second iteration - starts 24 January for 5 consecutive Tuesdays


The module will be assessed via a short software presentation, and an exam made up of multiple-choice questions and a choice of essay. For those taking the module as a stand-alone option, you need only take the assessment if you require the University credits. 

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

Module Lead:
Professor Jean-Baptiste Cazier (University of Birmingham Chair of Bioinformatics; Director Designate of the Centre for Computational Biology)

Other University staff teaching:
Dr Andrew Beggs

Interested in taking this individual module as a CPD programme?

This module can be taken as a standalone assessed or non-assessed course.  Costs to be confirmed.  

You should have a good honours degree in a life sciences subject, although we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and professional experience within the health service or other relevant background. You should either take module 1 (An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics), module 2 (Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine) and module 7 (Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance) first, or be able to show you have equivalent knowledge and understanding to enable you to benefit from this module. 

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information. 

Dr Peter F. Searle
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4487