Free software

The University has arranged access to Microsoft Office software free of charge for all students. You should NOT take out a separate subscription to Microsoft Office. We have also arranged free access to lots of other software that you may need during your studies:

  • Office 365 email – available and configured for every student
  • Office 365 OneDrive (1TB of storage) - available and configured for every student
  • Office 365 ProPlus – downloadable from Office 365 email onto a variety of devices
    • Office365 ProPlus is a suite of Microsoft Office applications which can be downloaded completely free of charge, during the time that you are a student or member of staff with us.
    • Office365 ProPlus is a full version of Office. The programs have the same features and functionality as other versions of Office.
    • You can install on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 smartphones.               

Other discipline-specific software is available to download onto your device. Most is free to download. Find the full list on our software page.

Some of our most popular software is listed in the table below. Please check our software pages first before buying any software.

Software name

Use

 Amos

Structural equation modelling

 Ansys

Finite element modelling

 ArcGIS

GIS mapping and analysis

 Autocad / AuoDesk

CAD design

 Chembiodraw

Chemical structure drawing

 Crossover

Linux Office Apps

 Endnote

Bibliographic referencing software

 Gaussview

Electronic structure modelling

 Labview

Signal acquisition software

 LastPass / Password Safe

Password manager

 Maple

Algebraic and numerical mathematics

Mathcad

Applied mathematics

Matlab

Algorithm development (computing)

Mindgenuis

Mind mapping

Minitab

Statistics / data analysis

Nvivo

Qualitative data analysis

Origin Pro

Data analysis / graphing workspace

Qualtrics

Online survey tool

SPSS

Statistics / data analysis

Turnitin

Online plagiarism tool

Hardware specification

Please see the table below for information regarding the hardware and software specification that we are advising for new and continuing students to enable you to access our systems and services.

Please note that these are guidelines and should be suitable to get you through your degree, if you look after the equipment. If you have a device with a slightly lower specification, it’s possible that it will be sufficient for a couple of years.

 

Minimum

Recommended

High-end

Mac Option

Processor*

Intel Core i3 or

AMD Ryzen 3

Intel Core i5 or

AMD Ryzen 5

Intel Core i7 / i9 or

AMD Ryzen 7

Intel Core i5

Operating system

Windows 10 64 bit

Windows 10 64 bit

Windows 10 64 bit

OSX / MacOS

Memory

8GB

8GB

16GB

8GB

Storage (SSD)

128GB

256GB

512GB

256GB

Screen resolution

1366 x 768

1920 x 1080

1920 x 1080

2560 x 1600

Webcam

Integrated HD 720p

Integrated HD 720p

Integrated HD 1080p

Integrated HD 720p

Discipline

Business / HASS

Business / Engineering / HASS / Science

Engineering / Science

Engineering / HASS / Science

*It’s very difficult to narrow down processors definitively, as there are so many different options. The examples above for Intel and AMD processors are from the most popular processor families that have been available over the past few years and available in devices at the main online and high street retailers.

This table was last updated in July 2020.

Please contact help@strath.ac.uk for any assistance.