Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was introduced by the UK Government's Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in November 2007. The scheme is aimed primarily at specific postgraduate research areas, but also includes a number of taught Master's and undergraduate courses that lead onto either MPhys or MEng.

ATAS is compulsory for international applicants and for current and returning students, in specific areas of study. UK, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals do not need an ATAS certificate.

The ATAS application is made online, before applying for your visa, and it is free of charge. It is your responsibility to check if this scheme applies to you.

You will need to obtain an ATAS certificate if you are applying for one of these undergraduate courses:     

coursesUCAS Code
MPhys – Physics F303
MPhys – Physics (Research Placement) F302
MPhys – Physics with Astrophysics F3FM
MPhys – Theoretical Physics  F328
MEng –  Automotive Engineering H330
MEng –  Automotive Engineering (with IPY) H330
MEng –  Mechanical Engineering H301
MEng –  Mechanical Engineering (with IPY) H34F

If you require an ATAS certificate you will need to apply for it before applying for your visa or extension of stay. The possession of an ATAS certificate does not guarantee you a visa or extension of stay. However, applications will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

The application form and details of applying for ATAS can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

If you need an ATAS certificate we will automatically enclose with your offer letter a form containing the information that you require in order to apply.

Information and assistance is also available from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) , the British Council, and UK embassies overseas.