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Please note this course takes place over two days:

Workshop 1: 26th November

Workshop 2: 27th November


This 2-day course is aimed at those who would like to learn how to process and analyse RNA-Seq data. The course will include overview lectures and the majority of the time will be devoted to practical sessions to develop hands-on bioinformatics skills using example RNA-Seq datasets. The group size will be small to maximise interactions with the tutors. Emphasis will be on the need for careful evaluation of data and choosing and setting up an appropriate analysis model, as well as common pitfalls when using R to handle and analyse large-scale datasets.

Some basic familiarity with R and Unix command line will be helpful and the accompanying 'Introduction to R' course is recommended for those who have not used R before. Alternatively, please see for suitable online courses that can be completed in advance ('The Unix Shell' and 'Programming with R' modules).

Attendees will need to bring their own laptop with the R software ( and RStudio interface ( installed, and have an Eduroam account (

Places available


Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for course booking and attendance.


Careers workshops for research students and research staff in Hilary term - run by the Careers Service

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley (run by Bodleian iSkills) - book now for places during January-April.

Pathways for women researchers aiming for an academic career in sciencerun by the MPLS division

Graduate skills training courses available in early February at the Department for Continuing Education - spaces limited so book now

In collaboration with IT: R: Kick off – For those interested in learning what R can do to analyse and visualise data – 1 and 8 February

In collaboration with IT: R: Preparing for your data analysis – Basic concepts in exploratory data analysis and statistical modelling using R – 15 February and 7 March

In collaboration with IT: R: Visualising your data – For those who would like develop their skills in visualising data using R – 15 March

Writing a transfer report 23 January 2019

Writing a thesis 5 March 2019

Writing a thesis 12 March 2019

Writing a thesis 19 March 2019

Mixing it up mixed research methods course at the Department for Continuing Education (free for Oxford DPhil students) - 23 April to 11 June

Forthcoming events

Introduction to statistics (Group A)

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 to Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Introduction to statistics (Group B)

Thursday, 21 February 2019 to Thursday, 14 March 2019, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Viva preparation

Monday, 04 March 2019, 2pm to 5pm

Writing a thesis

Tuesday, 05 March 2019, 2pm to 5pm

Experimental Design: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, 06 March 2019, 9am to 5pm

Managing your supervisor

Thursday, 07 March 2019, 10am to 1pm