MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. 

MATLAB is widely used around the university for research and is incorporated into many taught courses.

In August 2014 the University of Oxford signed an annual Mathworks Campus TAH (Total Academic Headcount) agreement giving a site license for MATLAB and a suite of associated toolboxes. The license allows access for all staff and students for any research and teaching with unlimited users and on any computers including home use on personal computers. The site license only covers non-commercial usage  In addition the university already had a separate Mathworks Student TAH agreement covering student owned computers only.

The license includes access to MATLAB Academy Online Training Suite (MAOTS) TAH. This includes over 60 hours of online training courses for different levels and across different subject categories.  These training resources are available within the University of Oxford MATLAB portal 
(For training resources select "Start Learning Now")

 The license allows access to MATLAB from a web browser using MATLAB Online for Total Academic Headcount (TAH) Licenses


For smaller usage requirements, you might try using Matlab Online  which avoids the need to install Matlab, which is a large application requiring >20Gb for full installation.

Information about obtaining and installing Matlab is available at

  • Personally owned computers: Create a Mathworks account linked to your university SSO account by clicking "Sign in to get started" on the Mathworks Portal for the University of Oxford.   Personally owned computers use "Individual" licenses which need reactivating annually but can work without a network connection.
  • University owned desktops: Desktops connected to the Materials Domain have "Software Center" which provides a one-click method of installing software such as MATLAB. Alternatively contact IT staff who can remotely deploy MATLAB onto your desktop if told the name of your desktop.  Desktops use the "Concurrent" network license server since they are connected to the wired network all the time and typically have multiple users.
  • University owned laptops: Laptops are not necessarily on the network all the time and may be single user or multiple user. If you don't mind always needing to always be connected to the network in order to use MATLAB, then use the "Concurrent" network license server same as a desktop. However if you need to use Matlab when offline then either you need an "Individual" license if your laptop is only used by you, or a "Designated Computer" license if the laptop has multiple users. 

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