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The School of Information Technology and Computer Science is pleased to announce the launch of our new Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics at Nile University. It is a one-year diploma (with the possibility to be extended to 2 years) includes 4 courses and a project. Courses may count toward M.Sc. degree in informatics (12 credit hours). Applicants considering continuing to M.Sc. degree must ensure they meet all the degree requirements of NU and submit necessary documentation at the start. Applications to individual courses may be accepted, but to get the diploma certificate, you must finish all courses and the project. An orientation session will be held soon to introduce the diploma in more details.

Diploma Description:

Recently, technologies for generating biological data has developed dramatically ending in huge amounts of data in terabytes. Revealing biological insights from such huge data requires both carefully applying and regularly developing efficient data storage, retrieval, and analysis techniques. Lately, OMICS data analysis become the most crucial step in any biological research, which consequently boosted the need for bioinformaticians to be engaged in various research institutions, universities and in the industry as well. After completing this diploma, you will be able to analyze and interpret biological data on an open source Linux-based environment through either using existing tools or developing your own specific tools, in an efficient way, aiming to fulfill both research and market demands.


International Experience

International Instructors from top universities and leading institutions in Bioinformatics like NCBI and EMBL-EBI

Addresses the ever-increasing

Addresses the ever-increasing market demand on Bioinformaticians

Solid Expertise

Builds solid expertise and know-how in relatively short time.

Combines science, technology

Combines science, technology and applications aligned with needs of industry leaders and key vendors in this domain.

Provides hands-on

Provides hands-on, mentored case-driven project in real-life context.


Is certified by Nile University.

Provides credit hours

Provides credit hours for potential NU Master’s programs subject to NU admission requirements.

performance evaluation

Provides ability to track performance evaluation and grades of each student sponsored through a group customer agreement.


Achieve the best results with our specialised courses!

The Bioinformatics Diploma requires the successful completion of 4 courses and a hands-on group project according to the following structure:
1- CIT-670 fundamentals of biology (Optional supplementary pre-diploma course)
Semester #1 (2 Courses)

2- CIT-654 Introduction to Bioinformatics
3- CIT-655 Structural Bioinformatics and Drug Discovery
Semester #2 (2 Courses + 1 Project)

4- CIT-656 Programming for Bioinformatics
5- CIT-657 Computational Methods for NGS Data Analysis
6- CIT-710 Project
Course content may vary with the instructor



Ahmed Ali

Dr. Mohamed El-Hadidi

Dr. Tamer M. Ibrahim

Dr. Tamer Mansour

Rosina Savisaar



• The Bioinformatics Professional Diploma follows NU all NU academic regulations, Admissions and refund policies unless otherwise specified.
• Special group discounts are available pending approval.

Applicants holding non-computer-related degrees may also apply if they have proven sufficient experience in the IT field (e.g. attended IT diplomas, computer courses, ..etc). The application will be reviewed by the admission committee and an interview may also be required to determine eligibility to register in the BI-PD professional Diploma. The applicant must provide information demonstrating their experience record with proof.

The diploma is primarily intended for graduates with biology/biotechnology or related fields or from computer Science/engineering or related fields and practical experience in IT. In special cases, however, some top undergraduates with strong background and demonstrated maturity may be accepted. As such, applications from undergraduate students will be assessed on case-by-case basis.

We strongly advise you to register for the diploma from the start. If after completing a set of courses, you choose to not register for additional courses, you can do so without penalty. Once registered in a course, NU regulations regarding course withdrawals apply.

We strongly recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

Courses are offered at Nile University, 26th of July Corridor, Juhayna Square, Sheikh Zayed City. Courses are typically scheduled 5:30-8:30 on weekdays. Room location and dates will be sent by email. On Occasion, a course may be rescheduled over the weekend to accommodate special experts brought in from outside Egypt. Note that the diploma courses are offered for a given intake: two courses are offered in the first term of the diploma and the second two courses being offered in the second term (one required and one of two electives). While NU strives to repeat the courses every semester, this is not guaranteed.

Students who registered in the Bioinformatics Diploma (BI-PD) and successfully passed the courses of the Professional Diploma may apply for the Masters degree in Informatics, School of Information Technology and Computer Science, Nile University. Admission to Master’s degree is not guaranteed and is governed by the university requirements (TOEFEL, GPA, ... etc). If continuing on to a Master’s degree is a possibility, you must register for the Master’s degree when starting the professional diploma.

- Upon completion of all 4 courses and the project, the student will receive:
The BI-PD certificate stating “Successfully completed the program of study and fulfilled the requirements for Bioinformatics Professional Diploma” if student has passed all courses based on NU regulations.
The BI-PD certificate stating “Attended the training for Bioinformatics Professional Diploma” if the student receives an F in any of the courses and does not successfully complete it later.
- There is no final grade for the overall BI-PD diploma.
- Certificates are signed by Informatics Program Director and have the NU official stamp.

Applicants who would like to attend certain classes without earning any credit may apply as auditors. This category of admission is dependent on space availability. Students are not eligible to sit for examinations, submit papers and assignments, earn academic credit and grade, or receive any enrollment certification from Nile University.
The credit courses are offered in the professional diploma at a discounted rate of 50%, the same 50% discount will be extended to auditors.

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Admission Requirements

- Graduate from biology/biotechnology or related fields or from computer Science/engineering or related fields.

- A grade of “Good” from recognized universities in Egypt or a GPA of 3.0 from an accredited university or program.

- NU Postgraduate Application Form (Attached).

- Copy of BSc., MSc, or Ph.D. Certificate.

- Recent CV