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Computer requirements

Students will require regular access to a portable computer with an internet connection to use the Ƶ’s online resources and systems.

Students must be able to download and install software to their Windows or MacOS device to include secure examination browsers for online assessment purposes (if offered on your programme of study). Depending on the security settings for each assessment you may be required to have full administrator rights on your computer to install and run the software needed to take part in the assessment. Full administration rights are likely to apply to a computer that you own but not to one provided by your employer, for example.

Computer requirements

The portable computer must have at least the following minimum specification:

  • Windows: 10 and 11 on 64-bit platforms
  • MacOS Big Sur (version 11) and higher
  • CPUs newer than 2011 (Intel Sandy Bridge (Core i3, i5 and i7 or newer))
  • OpenGL 2.0 graphics driver
  • Local storage for the recording of proctored examinations (75MB per hour)
  • Web camera & microphone (internal or external)
  • A broadband internet connection capable of streaming video and a minimum of 0.15Mbps upload speed.

Minimum device requirements are subject to change and older operating systems may become obsolete over time.

  • It should also have the following applications installed:
  • Word processor (for Microsoft Word documents)
  • A PDF reader (e.g. Adobe)

Additional requirements

Some programmes may have additional requirements, such as:

  • Video and audio recording options (e.g. microphone, webcam).
  • Microsoft Excel.
  • STATA, statistical, or other specialist software.

Where this is the case, you will find information on our programme pages.

You may also wish to use a printer and/or storage device(s) for your documents.

We are developing further security protocols and therefore students will require a mobile device (such as a mobile phone or tablet/iPad) to approve for our services. Full details, including specifications, will be provided ahead of the implementation.

Please note: full mobile access is not available for all programmes. Proctored assessments will not work on any smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, Linux Operating Systems or other mobile device of any kind.