This page provides guidance on available software for both University managed devices and for personal devices.

A University managed device is any Windows or Mac device owned by the University of Aberdeen that you use in the course of your work. This could be a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet device. All University managed devices have an ‘asset tag’ affixed to them stating the device’s unique ID.

A personal device is a device owned by you, for example a home laptop.

University managed devices

Standard/Licensed Software

We will setup your University managed computer with standard software, including Microsoft 365 (previously known as Office 365), drivers for multi functional devices, and anti-virus software. The software provided will depend upon your School or admin section. See University standard software installations for details.

In addition, there are some software applications for which the University holds a site licence that you can install on your University managed Windows PC/laptop or Mac device. See below.


The Software Center allows you to install software for which the University holds a site licence onto your University managed Windows PC or Windows laptop - no admin privileges required, simply install at your own convenience.

To see what’s currently available:

  • Windows 10
    • Search for Software Center
  • Windows 7/8
    • Start Menu > All Programs > Microsoft System Centre 2012 > Configuration Manager > Software Center

Then select an item from the list of available software for an overview, requirements and description. Click Install to install on your PC or laptop. Note that the installation of larger packages can take some time and may require a restart. Installation status will be updated accordingly.


You can download and install University licensed software onto your University managed Mac device from our Self Service app. Contact the IT Service Desk for advice -

Non-Standard Software

It is possible to purchase non-standard software for Departmental use.

Microsoft software

The CHEST Microsoft Select 6 agreement covers most items of Microsoft software. Contact the IT Service Desk for a quote -

Other software

For any other software requirements, please contact the IT Service Desk for support prior to purchase - This allows us to ensure that the software will work safely in the University IT environment, and we can often purchase at a better price. Please also see the University’s Procurement Policy for guidance on purchasing. The Procurement Team will be able to help you with any related queries.

Personal devices

Software Download Service

The Software Download Service allows you to download and install some of the software packages for which the University holds a site licence onto your personal computer, at no cost.

Always check the license terms for each package to see if you are eligible to use it.

Available software

ArcGIS ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analysing mapped information, sharing and discovering geographic information, using maps and geographic information in a range of applications, and managing geographic information in a database. Windows

CES Edupack

(Engineering Folder)

CES EduPack is a unique set of teaching resources that support Materials Education across Engineering, Design, Science and Sustainable Development.

CES EduPack provides:
  • a comprehensive database of materials and process information,
  • powerful materials software tools, and
  • a range of supporting resources: e.g. lectures, projects, and exercises.


(Engineering Folder)

SolidWorks helps you perform 2D and 3D modelling, and this CAD software is known for its ease-of-use and intuitiveness. SolidWorks software enables you to:
  • design very precise 3D objects
  • develop products
  • double-check your file’s design
  • maintain a library of your 3D files
ERDAS Imagine ERDAS Imagine performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modeling to create new information that lets you visualize your results in 2D, 3D, movies, and on cartographic-quality map compositions. Windows
Matlab Matlab is a high-performance language for technical computing. It integrates computation, visualization, and programming in an easy-to-use environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical notation. Typical uses include:
  • Math and computation.
  • Algorithm development.
  • Modeling, simulation, and prototyping.
  • Data analysis, exploration, and visualization.
  • Scientific and engineering graphics.
  • Application development, including Graphical User Interface building
Windows, Mac, Linux
MindGenius MindGenius is a mind mapping software application that provides ways for users to visualize information in mind maps and flowcharts. MindGenius can be used to manage projects, organize information, and for brainstorming. Windows, Mac
Minitab Minitab is a general-purpose statistical software package designed for easy interactive use. Minitab can be used as a primary tool for analyzing research data. Windows

Minitab Express

(Minitab folder)

Minitab Express is an Introductory statistics software application for Mac and PC. For a comparison of the two products, please see Windows, Mac
NVivo NVivo is a qualitative data analysis computer software package produced by QSR International. It has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information. Windows, Mac
Sigmaplot SigmaPlot is a technical graphing and data analysis software package that enables researchers to convert their data into precise, publication-ready graphs. Windows
Smart Notebook Smart Notebook is ​collaborative learning software for creating, delivering and managing interactive lessons within a single application. Windows
SNAP SNAP Surveys is survey software that enables users to design, create, and implement online and offline surveys. The software allows users to administer a wide range of data collection methods and offers an extensive list of reporting and analysis tools. Windows

SPSS Statistics

(SPSS folder)

SPSS Statistics is a software package used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis Windows, Mac, Linux


(SPSS folder)

AMOS is an added SPSS module, and is specially used for Structural Equation Modelling, path analysis, and confirmatory factor analysis. It is also known as analysis of covariance or causal modelling software. Windows
MS Office 365 for personal use

University staff with an O365 A3 or A5 licence can download a copy of MS Office (Windows or Mac), or Office for iPad on up to five personal devices - at no charge. All the familiar MS Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint are included.

You should only install this software on personal devices. Please do NOT install on University managed computers.

Note: Your subscription will end when you leave the University.

Purchasing software for personal use

A wide range of software is available to purchase for personal use (i.e. on home PC or personal laptop) by staff and students at educational discount prices. However, you must make such purchases yourself as we do not deal with the purchasing of software for personal devices.

For full information on all the products available, check for current prices, contact the IT Service Desk in the first instance -