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.

Matlab TAH agreement

The University of Westminster purchased an annual Campus Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license for MATLAB, Simulink, and many other toolboxes. The TAH is an option available for colleges and universities who wish to provide access of MathWorks products to every faculty, staff and student 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 or leased computers.

Matlab TAH toolboxes

  • 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
  • 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 Builder EX
  • MATLAB Builder JA
  • MATLAB Coder
  • MATLAB Compiler
  • MATLAB Report Generator
  • Neural Network Toolbox
  • OPC Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Parallel Computing Toolbox
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
  • RF Toolbox
  • Robust Control Toolbox
  • Signal Processing Toolbox
  • SimMechanics
  • SimScape
  • Simulink
  • Simulink Coder
  • Simulink Control Design
  • Simulink Design Optimization
  • Spreadsheet Link EX
  • Stateflow
  • Statistics Toolbox
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox
  • System Identification Toolbox
  • Trading Toolbox
  • Wavelet Toolbox

Getting Matlab for home use

Before you start

  • Make sure you have made a note of the License Number and have downloaded the Activation Key (accessible via the Matlab_tahlicense.txt file)
  • Make sure your computer meets the system requirements.
  • Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet. The download size will be anywhere from 700MB to 12GB depending on which components you select and what platform you have.
  • It will take a long time to download the entire package at home depending on the speed of your ISP home connection
  • It is advisable to download the software at the University via Wi-Fi (Eduroam).

Installation manual

Getting help

All support for MATLAB installation is now available from the MathWorks. Visit MathWorks support for more information. MathWorks may ask for your License Number.

Matlab TAH resource kit

MATLAB Tutorials and Learning Resources

Have a look through the MathWorks tutorials.