System requirements

Computing facilities required

These are the minimum computing requirements necessary to participate in the Department’s award-bearing and online courses; using better hardware and software may improve your study experience. Some courses have additional requirements, so please consult the IT requirements section listed in the course description of any course you plan to study.

  • An internet connection (preferably broadband).
  • A computer fulfilling the software requirements outlined below. Any typical computer produced within the last five years should be adequate.

The Department’s courses are designed to work in any modern web browser, with those we officially support listed below.

It is possible to use other browsers, but – due to the sheer number of different configurations possible – if you encounter any problems whilst using a system we don’t support, we will ask you to try a supported browser.

Supported web browsers

Academic year 2016/17

Browser Minimum version Recommended version
Google Chrome 30.0 Latest
Mozilla Firefox 25.0 Latest
Apple Safari 6 Latest
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Latest

You can check whether you have the latest version of your browser at

Other software

All the hardware and software outlined above must be correctly installed and maintained. We strongly recommend that you take steps to protect your computer(s), including backing up data, installing up-to-date anti-virus software and keeping the operating system and other vulnerable software up to date.

If you are participating in a course that lasts for two or more years, you must ensure that you keep your hardware and software up to date with the minimum requirements for each academic year.

Using a Mac

Most of our online courses only require a web browser and some commonly available plug-ins. You should not experience any problems as a Mac user; however, there are some exceptions. Always check the course promotional website for any specific software requirements that may not be available for the Mac.

Students studying the Advanced Diploma in Local History require the Microsoft Office Professional edition which includes the Access database application. Mac users studying this course will also require PC emulation software, such as Parallels.

Some other courses also require additional browser plug-ins. Please check the promotional website of the course you intend to study for its specific IT requirements.

If you have any queries about pursuing an online course with a Mac – please contact us.