Faculty of Engineering

PC/Laptop requirements

If you are thinking of purchasing a computer to support your study in Engineering, the following information is provided to help you in making the right choice.

We have no absolute minimum PC specification, and usage will depend on the courses being taken by the individual student. It is expected that most usage from the students on their own PCs would only be for MS Office type applications.

The majority of the Engineering IT environment is based around the use of Windows PCs and specialist PC software that runs under the Windows 7 64-bit operating system. On this basis, a Windows PC rather than an Apple Mac is recommended.

We recommend a PC with Windows 7 64-bit with a minimum of an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk, which will provide enough performance to run an occasional engineering application or mathematical/iterative jobs.

A laptop should have a wireless-N wifi card, not just wireless-G (wireless-N provides better wireless performance).

A basic MS Office suite is often included in the purchase cost of a PC. Alternatively, a good option available to enrolled students is to purchase computer software via the University.