Free Software



Royal Holloway provides a number of pieces of software to staff and students for free while you are here. These are:


Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 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. Find out how to get it here.

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Sophos is the recommended antivirus for staff and students for their personal machines. All PCs on campus come with Sophos pre-installed. View the installation guide and download Sophos.

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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 addressand 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.

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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 11.


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.


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