MATLAB is a language for technical computing that combines numeric computation, advanced graphics and visualization, and a high-level programming language. MATLAB is the natural environment for analysis, algorithm prototyping, and application development.

UBC IT has a license agreement with Mathworks that covers all faculty, staff and researchers at UBC. In addition, student use is permitted on UBC owned computer.  Licenses provided under this agreement are network licenses, which means that in order for the application to run the computer or workstation must have a network connection. If you have a need for individual workstation licenses, they can be obtained by requesting them from UBC IT software licensing. MATLAB is compatible with LINUX, MAC, and Windows operating systems.

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UBC's current version is MATLAB Release 2016a. Our license also provides the following Toolboxes for general use in our base license:

  • Aerospace Toolbox
  • Bioinformatics Toolbox
  • Communications System Toolbox
  • Computer Vision System Toolbox
  • Control System Toolbox
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox
  • Data Acquisition Toolbox
  • Database Toolbox
  • DSP System Toolbox
  • Econometrics Toolbox
  • Embedded Coder
  • Financial Toolbox
  • Fixed-Point Designer
  • Fuzzy Logic Toolbox
  • Gauges Blockset
  • Global Optimization Toolbox
  • Image Acquisition Toolbox
  • Image Processing Toolbox
  • Instrument Control Toolbox
  • Mapping Toolbox
  • MATLAB Builder EX (for Microsoft Excel)
  • MATLAB Builder JA (for Java language)
  • MATLAB Builder NE (for Microsoft .NET framework)
  • MATLAB Coder
  • MATLAB Compiler
  • Model Predictive Control Toolbox
  • Neural Network Toolbox
  • OPC Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Parallel Computing Toolbox
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
  • Phased Array System Toolbox
  • Real-Time Windows Target
  • RF Toolbox
  • Robust Control Toolbox
  • Signal Processing Toolbox
  • SimEvents
  • SimMechanics
  • SimPowerSystems
  • SimScape
  • Simulink
  • Simulink 3D Animation
  • Simulink Coder
  • Simulink Control Design
  • Spreadsheet Link EX (for Microsoft Excel)
  • Stateflow
  • Statistics Toolbox
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox
  • System Identification Toolbox
  • Wavelet Toolbox
  • xPC Target
  • xPC Target Embedded Option

Please note that Matlab R2016a no longer supports 32-bit systems. For detailed systems requirements please visit the Mathworks website.


Costs & Ordering Information

Matlab is licensed centrally and is available at no charge to all faculty, staff, researchers and graduate students* for non-commercial Teaching and Research purposes related to UBC.

*Please note: graduate students are defined as being any individual at UBC who are paid employees of the university; any individual who is not paid by the university is not eligible.

Students are also eligible to use the software on any UBC owned computer including any labs, but our license does not cover use on student's personally owned computers.

Students: if you're taking a course based on Matlab, you can get the Matlab and Simulink Student Version directly from Mathworks. Note that additional special toolboxes for the Student Version may need to be purchased as well depending upon your Matlab needs.


More Information

For information on this program, please visit the Mathworks website.

How to obtain the latest version of MATLAB

To download the software, please have your IT administrator contact the UBC IT Accounts department for access to the share folders. DVD's are not available for purchase. The download is approximately 4 GB and takes about 20 minutes using a campus network connection. Downloads from off-campus can take several hours depending on the speed of your network connection.


Matlab is installed as a network installation which connects to the UBC license server. If you require a standalone license for offline work, please contact UBC IT software licensing. Installation instructions are available in this knowledgebase article.


More detailed descriptions of the various toolboxes for Matlab are available here and include many demos, example code, and documentation.


Bug Reports/Alerts

The following is an alert from Mathworks:

If you are using R14SP3 Simulink code generation products, please review the following information. If you are not using R14SP3 versions of MathWorks products, please disregard this message.

To prevent impact from these bugs, R14SP3 code generation software users should take the following actions:

Review Related Bug Reports with Potential Workarounds
You can find the documented issues and potential workarounds through the following links (login required - free sign up):

Bug Report 398525 - On Windows, Matlab splash screen flashes but Matlab does not start up and no error is given
Bug Report 275411
Bug Report 283331
Bug Report 284002
Bug Report 291423
Bug Report 291978

Compare Simulation and Code Generation Results
You can identify existing incorrect code issues by comparing simulation results with code generation results. The solution linked here on the Technical Support Website provides options to accomplish this.