College of Graduate Studies

Software packages for Postgraduate students

Research Resources and Support for Postgraduate students

Software Packages






Statistical Analysis, especially in Social Science, and other fields.

Staff and Postgraduate research students (Hons, M&D)

Request to via supervisor or module leader.


See: for online materials on how to use SPSS.


Advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics.  This includes mining, managing and retrieving data from a range of sources  (such as social media, corporate databases and other data sources) and perform statistical analysis on this data.

All staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Most courses which require SAS, the course leader will include details via the module’s myUnisa site.


For all other staff and students, email request to with a CC to Refilwe Muanza at ICT

Mathematica and Wolfram System Modeller

Mathematica is a symbolic mathematics package from Wolfram Inc., and is a modern technical computing system spanning most areas of technical computing - including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, visualizations, and others.


Wolfram System Modeller is a platform for engineering as well as life-science modelling and simulation.

All staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Can be accessed directly via Wolfram’s website.


Activation for students via registration request on Mathematica website. Requests using a valid myLife Unisa email account will automatically receive a Mathematica activation key.


Alternatively, email request to with a CC to Refilwe Muanza at ICT


Matlab and Simulink

Matlab is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and programming computing environment specializing in linear algebra and numerical analysis, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other programming languages.


Simulink adds graphical multi-domain simulation and model-based design for dynamic and embedded systems.

All staff and postgraduate research students (Hons, M&D); Licence is currently available on campus only, or via VPN from off campus (VPN currently only provided to staff).

Request to with a CC to Refilwe Muanza at ICT

Atlas TI

Qualitative data analysis. Assists researchers uncover and systematically analyse complex phenomena hidden in unstructured data.

All staff and students.

Request to with a CC to Refilwe Muanza at ICT

Office 365 (Microsoft Office Apps)

Microsoft Office Productivity suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

All staff and students

Access via
Sign in using Unisa myLife email and password to download MS Office.
LimeSurvey Online survey tool< Unlimited access Send request via supervisor to
Mendeley and  RefWorks These are reference management tools. Both software allows researchers to handle references and full-text documents, and citations while writing Unlimited access.
Available to all staff & all students.  Alumni access included if the account was created while still a Unisa student.
Managed by Library.  Access via Library guides, under Reference Management Tools
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Last modified: 2020/04/07