MATLAB For The University of Oxford

The University of Oxford has a Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license for MATLAB, Simulink, and add-on products. Faculty, researchers, and students may use these products for teaching, research, and learning. The license allows individuals to install the products on university-owned equipment, as well as personally owned computers.

The Oxford University MATLAB Portal

This is a page on the MathWorks website that has been customized for Staff and Students at the University of Oxford.

Which MATLAB License should I use?

Who Owns the computer ?

License to Use

Undergraduate Student and other taught Students

Individual License

Research Student

University Staff

A University Department or College.

Concurrent License


Designated Computer License

Individual MATLAB License

This is the simplest license to obtain. All you need is your Oxford University Single Sign On user name and password. It is the only MATLAB license available on computers owned by undergraduates and taught students. An Individual License is restricted to one individual user name on the computer. Users with different user names will not be able to use MATLAB. So an individual license should not be used in classrooms or on any computer that requires more than one user to use MATLAB.

To install MATLAB using an individual license, see

Concurrent License

The Concurrent License is obtained from a University License Server. So you must have a connection to the University network to use this license. I would recommend using the concurrent license if you have a large collection of computers, such as a computer teaching classroom. The license on each computer is automatically updated when the license on the license server is updated. You do not have to update the license on each computer.

Installation Keys are sent to the Departmental or College MATLAB representative.

There is a list of representatives here.

The Concurrent License MUST NOT be used on computers owned by undergraduates or taught students.

Designated Computer License

The Designated Computer License is specific to each computer. So when the license is renewed each year, the license on each computer has to be updated. However, it is not restricted to one individual user name like the Individual License.

Installation Keys are sent to the Departmental or College MATLAB representative.

There is a list of representatives here.

A Designated Computer License MUST NOT be used on computers owned by undergraduates or taught students.


MATLAB Online allows you to use MATLAB through a web browser, without downloading and installing MATLAB. It is an online version of MATLAB.

For more information, see

To use MATLAB Online, you first need an account on the MathWorks web site that has been associated with one of the University of Oxford MATLAB license. The easiest way to do this is to register for an Individual License. See

Which license to use


Is the computer

Used by multiple users

Not on University network

Owned by student





Designated Computer












MATLAB Academy Online Training Suite

This includes over 60 hours of online training courses for different levels and across different subject categories. Available through the MATLAB portal :

MATLAB course at University of Oxford, IT Services

IT Services run a course called Matlab: A comprehensive introduction


For general licence problems, first of all look at my Trouble Shooting Guide

Faculty and staff get full technical support. Students get support for installation and activation.

To create a service request with MathWorks go to the MATLAB portal

More Information

If you have any problems or queries, have a look at the

MATLAB Frequently Asked Questions page

Available Toolboxes

Toolboxes, Boxsets and other products available on the license, are listed on the MATLAB portal

Tutorials and Video Tutorials at MathWorks

TAH resources kit

MATLAB Parallel Server Add-On for Campus-Wide License

University of Oxford, IT services, Software Agreements

EJP, June 2019, version 10.0