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Statistical and Mathematical Software

Information on where and how to access statistical and mathematical software.


SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a computer application that provides statistical analysis of data. It allows for in-depth data access and preparation, analytical reporting, graphics and modelling.

This page provides information for the University of Melbourne community on where to access SPSS on campus; how students can purchase a licensed copy for use on their own computer; and links to SPSS support material.

Access and Support

Access SPSS on Campus

The University of Melbourne has an SPSS site licence agreement that allows for its use by University students and staff in faculties and departments. Products included in the SPSS license: Amos and SamplePower

SPSS is available on all library computers. Check the current list of software available on library computersIt may also be available in Faculty and Graduate School Labs

SPSS usage by the University is limited to teaching, learning and non-profit research.


Obtain SPSS Software


Staff may download SPSS from the Software Centre (Windows) or via the Self Service Portal (Mac) on University owned computers.

To download the program on a personal computer, a software installation form is required.

See the Knowledge base article for installing SPSS for details.



The IBM SPSS Licence Agreement does not cover computers owned by students.

Students may purchase a license for the SPSS Grad Pack from the Co-op Bookshop or online at Hearne Software. The SPSS Grad Pack comes in Base, Standard, and Premium and Amos editions.Information about the SPSS Grad Pack is available here.

SPSS is accessible to all students via myUniApps and some students may also gain access via the Virtual Lab for on-campus access to the program. 


Training and Support

Courses in SPSS are run by both the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Statistical Consulting Centre (SCC)

Further Reading

It is recommended that you ask your supervisor or tutor for titles they would recommend. Also, try searching the Library Catalogue for the latest additions to our collections using a keyword search to locate new titles eg.nvivo, matlab or spss. Catalogue results are automatically sorted by date. Alternatively, click on the subject headings in one of the titles listed in this guide to be directed to related material.