Introducing the techniques that have given rise to the genomic data now available, and develop skills and understanding in the bioinformatics approaches that facilitate evaluation and application of this data.

Over the past decade, Next-generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) technology has been a huge stimulus for a lot of breakthrough discoveries in biology. This module provides therefore an overview of many core types of NGS projects, including latest protocols in genomic and transcriptomic analyses, as well as detailed hands-on practical sessions of our best practice data-analysis workflows.

At a glance

  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the operation of the most common analytical techniques used in the acquisition of genomic sequence and expression data,
  • Apply various techniques to overcome the challenges of dealing with sequence data and be able to identify and apply appropriate software tools to tackle these challenges,
  • Apply appropriate genome assembly software and optimise their outputs,
  • Perform gene expression profiling using both first and next generation sequencing data,
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of current practices and evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the techniques covered and how these relate to the quality of the biological findings that result,
  • Critically contrast a range of NGS tools and related sequence software tools for NGS applications, and interpret the output from those tools.

Core content

  • Gene expression analysis using microarray,
  • Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Technology,
  • Overview of genome assembly and quality control,
  • Transcriptome informatics,
  • Sequence data analysis web platforms,
  • Genotyping and variant calling.


Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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