Free Software

The below software is available to all Royal Holloway students and staff.



Microsoft Office

All students now receive a free copy of Microsoft Office for up to five computers, laptops, and tablets for the duration of their studies. You can get it here.

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The College's licence to Sophos Antivirus allows students and staff to install this software on their personal PCs and  laptops.  Download your free copy here.


Mathematica 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.

This is an annual licence that will expire in July, but can be renewed while you remain a student.


MATLAB, the numerical computing software, is now available to install for staff and students.

Download your free copy with these instructions.

NVivo 11

NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It lets you collect, organize and analyze content from interviews, focus group discussions, surveys, audio and social media and web pages.

For Windows: Download your free copy.

For Mac: The Macintosh version of Nvivo can be downloaded here.  Please contact the IT Service Desk to obtain the licence code.

The Macintosh version of Nvivo has fewer features compared to the Windows version. Please check this QSR International  link  to review the feature set.  

You will require a CampusNet or CampusAnywhere (VPN) connection to download.


Predictive analytical software for data sets, SPSS can identify patterns, generate models and so much more. This is a powerful tool for working with data.

Download and install SPSS 23 for Windows or Mac for free. You will require a CampusNet or CampusAnywhere (VPN) connection.