Taught course

Clinical Bioinformatics

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in a biological, medical, physical or 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

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 NHS.

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

The course has two introductory units:

  • Introduction to clinical bioinformatics
  • Introduction to health informatics.

Plus two more advanced units:

  • Introduction to next generation sequencing bioinformatics
  • Introduction to programming for clinical bioinformatics.

This course is delivered completely online and each unit is also available as individual CPD.


The course will give you:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of clinical bioinformatics.
  • A critical understanding of how data generated by clinical genomic laboratories is used to develop a clinical diagnosis, and how this information 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 by giving you a systematic and critical understanding of relevant knowledge, theoretical frameworks and advanced skills.
  • Enhanced career-long development to support and enhance best practice in clinical bioinformatics.

Information for international students

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 575 paper-based
  • TOEFL: 230 computer-based (with a minimum score in the Test of Written English of 6.0)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with a minimum score of 22 in each component)

These must be completed within 12-24 months of starting the course.

See further information about requirements for your country.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 5439