What is it?

MATLAB is a numerical computing environment and high-level programming language that has similarities with other languages such as C and Python.

MATLAB, short for Matrix Laboratory, is optimised for managing matrices, this makes it ideal for handling, analysing and presenting large amounts of data and for undertaking mathematical modelling. It is used extensively in academia and industry in areas such as science, engineering and economics.

Student using MATLAB

Where is it available?

The University of Leeds has been a MATLAB Enabled Campus since 1st August 2017.

On Windows systems, MATLAB is available via AppsAnywhere, and can be accessed from the following locations:

To use MATLAB on a personal device through AppsAnywhere, you will need to install the University VPN and connect before launching the software.

If you use a University-owned Mac or Linux computer, you can request the software via an "Install Software" request- see related request.

This licence agreement also gives the whole staff and student population at the University access to a personal copy of MATLAB and Simulink amongst other benefits. The licence covers the entire suite of MATLAB toolboxes, all of which are free to install on your personal laptop or desktop computer.

Please note that the current licence agreement covers teaching and non-commercial research only - see The MathWorks, Inc. Software License Agreement under Attachments for the full terms and conditions of use.

If you are not accessing MATLAB via AppsAnywhere, to undertake an installation you will first need to register with MathWorks using your University of Leeds email address. If you already have a MathWorks account you will not need to re-register, just use your existing login (providing it is associated with an email address).

When completing the registration form, please ensure that you select the most appropriate Department in the drop-down box. Your e-mail will be verified by MathWorks and through the University’s IT Service. Follow the link below to commence an installation:

Link to University of Leeds MathWorks portal

MATLAB screenshot


Installers are available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You will need Administrator rights on your computer to undertake the installation. System requirements for the installation can be found here: MATLAB system requirements.

If you are an academic, you may wish to inform your students and researchers of the MATLAB Enabled Campus Agreement. Please direct them to this page for information.

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