What IT equipment will I need?
To study online with us, you'll need some basic IT equipment:
You'll need a computer – a PC, laptop or Mac, operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra).
All our teaching materials are mobile, smartphone and tablet friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
It’s best to have access to your own computer. Sometimes we may ask you to download software for your course, which may be an issue if you’re on a shared device like a work computer.
Most of our courses feature audio, whether it’s video lectures, audio clips or podcasts.
For some courses, you may also need a microphone to participate in online tutorials and other group activities. Your laptop or computer may feature a built-in microphone – but a headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
A webcam may also be useful for some interactive sessions.
Our online courses are compatible with all current internet browsers except Internet Explorer. Popular browsers include:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
We recommend using the latest version of these browsers.
We’ll give you access to Office365 applications, both online and on up to 5 personal devices.
This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
We offer a Software Download Service, with useful software for all our registered students. Some software, eg MiniTab, may be Windows-only, not for Mac.
Some of the resources on your course will be provided in PDF format, so you’ll need access to a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader.
As a University of Aberdeen student, you can download and use the full Adobe Acrobat software, which allows you to create, edit and view PDF documents. Once you register with us, we can make Adobe Acrobat available to you via our Software Download Service.
We recommend downloading virus protection software.
See our handy Toolkit guide for more information and guidance on anti-virus software.