The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Computer requirements

Details of the technical requirements for online learning.

This is a fully online programme, and you will be accessing materials, discussion boards and a range of tools via the internet. While the programme team and the University’s Information Services (IS) department provide support for online learning, please remember that you are still responsible for your own technical set-up.

You are not expected to be a technical expert, and we provide guidance and training for the tools we use. However, we expect that you will take responsibility for your access to the programme and organise alternative access if required.

Essentials

You will need the following:

  • Access to a PC or Mac. This should be a desktop or laptop computer that will be able to cope with frequent online activity. Phones, tablets and Chromebooks will not be sufficient for this programme.
  • A back-up plan (access to an alternative computer / internet access) in place in case your computer fails at any point during the programme.
  • Access to a good internet connection. While wi-fi or wireless connection is sufficient for most activities, connecting via ethernet cable is recommended in some instances.
  • An up-to-date web browser. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, both of which can be downloaded for free.
  • Headphones with a microphone for live tutorials. We find using headphones rather than speakers minimises echo and feedback. A webcam is not required, but you may choose to purchase one.
  • Up-to-date antivirus and computer security software.

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Device recommendations

Our advice is based on recommendations if you are purchasing a new device, rather than the level of technology we expect a student to have access to. You may well find ways of being able to engage with our services with lower cost devices, and you shouldn’t be required to re-purchase new kit as it is likely that your current device will be sufficient.

The recommendation for a common minimum standard device specification if you are purchasing a new laptop would be:

  • Processor: Intel i5-8365U or AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  • Ram: 8Gb DDR4 2400
  • HDD: 256GB SSD
  • Battery: 3 Cell 50 WHr Long Life 
  • Display: 14 inch FHD (1920x1080)

The recommendation for an i5 processor is based on future-proofing, ensuring the device purchased will be sufficient for the duration of your University education.

An estimated cost for this specification of device for consumer purchasing in the UK would be approximately £550.

Your digital skills

You should be:

  • Comfortable when using the internet (feel confident that you can do a basic search and navigate through web pages).
  • Familiar with your computer set-up, and able to add new software to that computer (ie have a basic understanding of the operating system).
  • Able to schedule your time so that you can log in at least three times per week during the timetabled courses.
  • Excited about learning how to use new online tools and software.

IT support for online learners

If you have any questions about technical requirements for the programme, please contact us.