MATLAB is a high-performance language for technical computing

What is 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. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java.

You can use MATLAB for a range of applications, including signal processing and communications, image and video processing, control systems, test and measurement, computational finance, and computational biology. More than a million engineers and scientists in industry and academia use MATLAB, the language of technical computing.


In the summer of 2017, the University of Sussex purchased an annual Campus Total Academic Headcount (TAH) licence for MATLAB, Simulink, and many other toolboxes. The TAH is an option available for universities who wish to provide access of MathWorks products to every student and member staff on campus.

The license covers on-campus and home software use for all instructors, staff, researchers, as well as classroom and lab installations. The University also has a TAH Student license that allows student to use Matlab on their personally owned.

Matlab TAH toolboxes

  • Simulink
  • Aerospace Blockset
  • Aerospace Toolbox
  • Antenna Toolbox
  • Audio System Toolbox
  • Automated Driving System Toolbox
  • Bioinformatics Toolbox
  • Communications System Toolbox
  • Computer Vision System Toolbox
  • Control System Toolbox
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox
  • DSP System Toolbox
  • Data Acquisition Toolbox
  • Database Toolbox
  • Datafeed Toolbox
  • Econometrics Toolbox
  • Embedded Coder
  • Filter Design HDL Coder
  • Financial Instruments Toolbox
  • Financial Toolbox
  • Fixed-Point Designer
  • Fuzzy Logic Toolbox
  • Global Optimization Toolbox
  • HDL Coder
  • HDL Verifier
  • Image Acquisition Toolbox
  • Image Processing Toolbox
  • Instrument Control Toolbox
  • LTE System Toolbox
  • MATLAB Coder
  • MATLAB Compiler
  • MATLAB Compiler SDK
  • MATLAB Report Generator
  • Mapping Toolbox
  • Model Predictive Control Toolbox
  • Model-Based Calibration Toolbox
  • Neural Network Toolbox
  • OPC Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Parallel Computing Toolbox
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
  • Phased Array System Toolbox
  • Polyspace Bug Finder
  • Polyspace Code Prover
  • Powertrain Blockset
  • RF Blockset
  • RF Toolbox
  • Risk Management Toolbox
  • Robotics System Toolbox
  • Robust Control Toolbox
  • Signal Processing Toolbox
  • SimBiology
  • SimEvents
  • Simscape
  • Simscape Driveline
  • Simscape Electronics
  • Simscape Fluids
  • Simscape Multibody
  • Simscape Power Systems
  • Simulink 3D Animation
  • Simulink Code Inspector
  • Simulink Coder
  • Simulink Control Design
  • Simulink Design Optimization
  • Simulink Design Verifier
  • Simulink Desktop Real-Time
  • Simulink PLC Coder
  • Simulink Real-Time
  • Simulink Report Generator
  • Simulink Test
  • Simulink Verification and Validation
  • Spreadsheet Link
  • Stateflow
  • Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox
  • System Identification Toolbox
  • Trading Toolbox
  • Vehicle Network Toolbox
  • Vision HDL Toolbox
  • WLAN System Toolbox
  • Wavelet Toolbox


MATLAB Online provides access to MATLAB from any standard web browser wherever you have internet access – just sign in. It is ideal for teaching, learning and convenient, lightweight access.

You will need a Mathworks account in order to access MATLAB Online - please use your Sussex email address when setting up your account.

Downloading for home use

The Matlab TAH licence allows staff and students to download and install Matlab to their personal computers. To download and install Matlab, please see the separate Staff and Student links in the top right of this page. You will need to agree to terms and conditions before you begin your download, and your username will be recorded for auditing purposes.

Further information

To install Matlab on your own computer, it will need to meet these minimum requirements:


Tutorials & help

Support for Matlab is provided by MathWorks. Visit MathWorks support for more information.
MathWorks may ask for your License Number - please refer to the download pages in the top right of this page.

Mathworks have a range of useful tutorials on their website.

Download & install Matlab

Students and staff at the University can download and install Matlab to their own computers. You will need an Activation Key to install the software, or to set up an account to access Matlab Online. Please follow the appropriate link below:

Download for Students
Download for Staff