What technology do I need to study online?

Find out more about the equipment and technology you will need to study online at Sussex.

All courses at Sussex are supported by Canvas, the University’s online study platform, and Sussex Direct, the University’s central administration system, where you can manage your University records and access course information.

Your modules on Canvas will feature a variety of learning materials, multimedia content and resources to help you learn.

Below is information on some of the specific equipment and software you will need.


Course content and activities may be accessible via a tablet or mobile device, but a PC or laptop with a sound card is recommended and will be required for submitting assessments. You’ll need a minimum Intel Core i3 or equivalent, 4 gigabytes (4GB) of RAM and a screen resolution of at least 1280 x 800.

You will also require headphones or speakers, a microphone and a webcam.

Operating system

  • Windows: Windows 10 or later
  • Mac: OS X 10.10 or later
  • Linux: Ubuntu 12.04+, Debian 6.0+, Fedora 16+, Open SUSE 12.1+
  • Android: OS 6+
  • iOS: iOS10+

Internet connection

Broadband/high-speed connection – 2.5 Mbps minimum

Recommended browsers

Students are advised to use the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. The browser must be Javascript enabled and allow cross-site cookie use.

Additional software requirements

All Sussex students can download and install Windows 10 (Education edition) and Office 365 on their own computer for free. We also recommend that you download and install the Zoom meeting client or mobile app as this is the University’s supported platform for online seminars and tutorials.

A range of other software applications to install on personal laptops or computers are available on the University’s IT Services website.

Storing files

All Sussex students have access to download and install OneDrive, a cloud-based solution that provides all students with 1 terabyte (1TB) of space to store and manage files.

Contact us

For general queries, ask us a question online or email study@sussex.ac.uk

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