Free Software


Royal Holloway provides students with free access to several pieces of software, to help you with your studies. See more details below of what’s available, and how you can download it.

Microsoft Office & Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Office, which includes Microsoft Teams, is available for free to current Royal Holloway students with an ‘’ email address. You can use Office 365 on up to five devices, including computers, laptops, and tablets for the duration of your time here. 

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EndNote is a piece of reference management software, used to make formatting references and bibliographies in your academic work easier. It allows you to save references from online resources, and export them into your EndNote library.

View the installation guidance and download Endnote for Windows and Mac.


Mathematica is a symbolic mathematical computation program, sometimes called a computer algebra program. It is a powerful piece of computational software, capable of building hedge fund trading websites, publishing interactive textbooks, or developing embedded image recognition algorithms.

Create an account through the Wolfram portal with your Royal Holloway email address and make sure you verify the account by clicking the confirmation link in the email, then fill in this form to apply for an activation key and receive instructions on how to download your software.


MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language. MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages.

View the installation guide for MATLAB.


NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It lets you collect, organize, and analyze content from a number of sources.

View the installation guide and download NVivo.


SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a software package used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis. It provides data analysis for descriptive and bivariate statistics, and various prediction models.

View the installation guide and download SPSS 28.

In January the University SPSS software licence is updated. You may temporarily see an expiry notice, but the software will still work.  

Visual Paradigm

Visual Paradigm is a tool designed to let you to model business information systems and manage development processes. It lets you create visualisation tools for areas like software design, data modelling, business process mapping, strategic analysis, mind mapping and project scheduling using key industry modeling languages and standards.

The online diagramming tools (e.g. UML, BPMN, ArchiMate, ERD) are made available to Royal Holloway, University of London under the Academic Partner Program from Visual Paradigm Online for educational use.


ArcGIS is a tool you can use to make maps and analyse data. View the installation guide and download it here.



PC lab applications

Software available in PC labs


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