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Bioinformatics and computational biology courses

We have a large number of Bioinformatics courses which are organised by Mr David Judge, School of the Biological Sciences in collaboration with the European Bioinformatics Institute and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.                                                   

Information on available courses can be found here

Courses are free to all graduate students in the Graduate School of Life Sciences and postdocs based in University Departments.   Courses are booked via the University Training Booking System.  You will need a University Raven account to access the booking system. 


External participants

Members of the following Institutions may attend free of charge and should email to book a place on a course:

  • European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • Babraham Institute
  • Cambridge Research Institute (CRUK)


A small charge is made for other external participants.  Please email us to check availability and to reserve a place and then proceed to  to online sales to pay for your course.  


Online guides

There is an on-line guide to the School's bioinformatics and computational biology service.

The EMBL-EBI has an elearning resource, Train online with courses on use of its most popular databases and tools.

See also the Bioinformatics Frequently Asked Questions: this includes information on bioinformatics education including masters courses round the world. You will find short courses at other universities nearby eg in London. Fees are generally payable. You can also find links to a range of online courses through this web site. Again, fees are usually payable.

Other practical bioinformatics training courses and sources of advice

The School runs a bioinformatics and computational biology service, offering computing support and advice.

Training courses identical or similar to those offered by the School are offered at other Institutes.
CIPF Valencia in Spain (from whom we have borrowed microarray and phylogeny courses)
IGC near Lisboa in Portugal (for a full schedule of courses including many of those we have offered in Cambridge).

There are also practical bioinformatics courses nearer at the EBI in Hinxton, Cambridge. Some of these are held jointly with EMBO or the Wellcome Trust (see below).

The Wellcome Trust runs a number of other advanced courses of relevance and some of these are held on the campus at Hinxton, involving local experts including our colleagues at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

In addition you will find courses at other UK universities and centres. The Bioinformatics FAQ above has links to many sources of information and course providers.

Wellcome Trust and CRUK institutes have core bioinformatics facilities whose staff may offer advice and the Eastern Sequencing and Informatics Hub also provide bioinformatics services. Some departments have bioinformatics experts attached to specific research projects.

See also the School's list of services for many other relevant sources of research support.

General computing courses including scientific programming

The University Computing Service runs a wide and increasing range of courses all year and has a number of teach-yourself modules available. They are free to most members of the Graduate School. Where post-docs have to pay (eg if employees of affiliated institues) the charges are made clear on the web site. There is some overlap with courses such as R, which is currently a topic with high demand, but mostly the courses are complementary to those offered within the School.