Using an existing device or purchasing new equipment to help with your studies.
What equipment do I need for my studies?
Some schools and departments might suggest different device specifications or recommend using additional equipment relevant to your course.
All students will need at least one device (a smartphone, tablet or laptop / desktop PC) to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA is required for extra security when accessing services such as Microsoft 365 and Windows Virtual Desktop. Our recommendation would be to use a smartphone that is compatible with the Microsoft Authenticator App.
To support your studies, the university recommends you have a suitable laptop to work on when on or off campus. Below are our recommended laptop specifications.
Other equipment such as a keyboard, mouse, webcam or external screens aren't essential but could help improve your comfort while studying.
Are you studying a course in one of these schools or departments?
Some courses might recommend different device specifications. Click the relevant link below to find out more.
If you have any questions about specification requirements for your course, please contact your school or department before purchasing a new device:
Find your school or department
Can I use the laptop or device I already have?
If you already have a laptop or similar device, it is likely you will be able to use this for your learning needs at the university. Note, we do not recommend Chromebooks. Please check the recommended specification below.
I need to buy a new device, what should I buy?
For students who do not have a laptop or device, a portable device is recommended so that it can easily be used at home or any other location.
We have detailed two computer specifications to help you purchase an appropriate device. Note that operating system is your choice, however we recommend Windows 10 or above (Full Version) to provide you with the best experience when using university systems.
Please note, we do not recommend Chromebooks as the Chrome OS is unsuitable to run most required apps and software.
Students who own the recommended specification devices should be able to work without relying upon virtual services or on-campus machines.
||Windows 10 full version or above (not Win10 S Mode)
||14inch or larger full HD screen
||Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5 or similar
||Two or more USB 3.0 ports
||6-hour battery life
||Direct or by adaptor
Student Hardship Fund
If you are experiencing financial difficulties that mean you are struggling to manage your costs, the Hardship Funds may be able to assist you:
Do I need to buy anything else?
These aren't essential but could help improve your comfort while studying:
A keyboard and mouse to ensure physical wellbeing and effective working practices
A webcam and microphone so you can participate in video conferences and online group meetings
Devices should be able to connect to a bigger screen (monitor or TV) for longer periods of study or collaborative work. University monitors use HDMI connections
Rapid recharge of batteries or spare batteries to provide all day use
Touch screens are not required for most academic programmes, but their enhanced capabilities can be useful