This course is aimed at developing a basic understanding of the underlying principles and the necessary technical skills so that the student is able to design and implement their own bioinformatics software as well as to understand commonly used bioinformatics software suites. The course starts with taught units. Taught units are divided equally between the Schools of Biological Sciences and Computing Sciences. Those in the former tend to concentrate on core bioinformatics, those in the latter on the skills. The course ends with a 3 month research project. The course benefits from a significant contribution from members of the world renowned John Innes Centre (JIC) and the Institute of Food Research (IFR), both of which are located close to the University in the Norwich Research Park.