SoftwareMATLAB / Simulink

Programming and numerical calculations

MATLAB is a comprehensive software package from the company MathWorks for processing numerical data. In addition to the basic MATLAB package, which is always available in its most up-to-date version, the package also includes Simulink and more than 100 toolboxes. Simulink is an add-on product for system modeling. Toolboxes are function libraries for specialized fields.

Target group

  • Students
  • Employees (incl. employees at the University Hospital, however the use of the licenses is only permitted on University computers)

Before using this software, please note the license agreement (see link).


  • Development environment for iterative analysis and design processes with a programming language for matrix-based mathematics.
  • Data analysis, modeling and visualization algorithm development
  • Possible areas of application are machine learning, deep learning, robotics, image processing, and much more.

Access and Requirements

The state license agreement is valid for 3 years and ends on 31.03.2026.

For employees of University institutions (TAH (=Total Academic Headcount) Campus Option), discounted

  • individual licenses and
  • network licenses

are available under the terms of the state license.

Please note: University employees who work in the University Hospitals can use MATLAB, but it cannot be installed on the hospital computers.

For students of Heidelberg University (TAH Student Option), cost-free student licenses are available.

Student Licenses

These licenses are free of charge and access can be requested or extended via the linked web form. The software can be downloaded directly from the MathWorks portal.

A new license key must be The validity of a license key runs from the date of order to the following March 31.

Individual licenses for employees

To order, please use the linked order form. To install the software, create a MathWorks account or log in with your existing account. The required license key will be issued once your order has been received and verified by the URZ.

A new license key must be requested every year. The validity of a license key runs from the date of order to the following March 31.

Network Licenses

For questions concerning network licences please contact matlab@urz.uni-heidelberg.de


Licenses for students are free of charge. The cost of a single-user license for employees can be found on the order form.