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Professional Cert in Bioinformatics

Professional Certificate in Bioinformatics 2024

The Professional Certificate in Bioinformatics is a two-week programme taking place in person only at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine from Monday 24 June to Friday 5 July 2024. The programme coordinator is Professor Mark Crowe. You need to bring your own laptop (no Chromebook).

Applicants must commit to attend the full two weeks and must commit to taking the exam on the last day of the course.

Important: Five ECTS (for UCD research students) or the professional certificate (for non UCD research students) will only be given upon successful completion of the exam (ie credits/prof cert will not be given just for attendance). This is a normal module/programme and all results will go through an exam board. Exam grades will be released "unofficially" to students after the course ends, but will only be confirmed once they go through the Graduate Taught exam board in September and are officially published to students by the University on 26 September.

Applicants who only want to audit the course will only be considered if there aren't enough applicants who want to take the course for credit.

Contact Sylvie Doné ((opens in a new window)sylvie.done@ucd.ie) for further information.

Draft timetable

The draft timetable is available here. The two main course lecturers are (opens in a new window)Assoc Prof Gavin Conant and (opens in a new window)Dr Rafael Guerrero, both from North Carolina State University.

You can also find more information about the module, the learning outcomes, etc here.

Entry requirements

All applicants - whether UCD research students or not - must have completed an undergraduate degree in Agriculture, Life Sciences or Veterinary Medicine.

UCD research students

Please complete this (opens in a new window)Google Form by Wednesday 24 April at midnight. You will need your supervisor's permission to attend. All applications will be reviewed by the programme coordinator. If your application is accepted, you will be registered to the module VET40470 Bioinformatics but will not get the Professional Certificate in Bioinformatics (and will not have to pay the course fee). 

Anybody else who is not a UCD research student

This includes UCD staff and UCD postdocs, and all externals to UCD. Check the graduate taught course search and use programme code D058. The application deadline is Wednesday 24 April at midnight. All applications will be reviewed by the programme coordinator. If your application is accepted, you will be registered to the programme D058 and to the module VET40470 Bioinformatics. There is a €60 non-refundable application fee and the course fee is €1,940.


A two-hour examination (part 1 short answer questions 1h and part 2 MCQ 1h) will take place on Brightspace (virtual learning environment) the last afternoon of the course, Friday 5 July 2024.

Contact the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 6100 | Location Map(opens in a new window)