Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

ATAS is a scheme run by the UK Government. It requires international students, who are applying for courses in certain sensitive technology-related subjects, to apply for an ATAS certificate before they can study in the UK.

Who needs ATAS clearance ?

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national and you have a time limit on your right to enter or remain in the UK (in other words, if you need a visa of any kind) you must obtain ATAS clearance before you can register at the University on any of the courses listed below. Additionally, if you require a Tier 4 Student Visa you must obtain ATAS clearance before we will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for you to make your visa application.

Individuals with the immigration status mentioned above (including current students) must also obtain ATAS clearance: (a) before you can change your course to one of those listed below; (b) if you change your area of research (even if you have already been granted ATAS clearance for a subject area with the same JACS Code); (c) if you are registered on a course which requires ATAS and you need to extend your visa to stay in the UK.

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 (with IPY) F305
MPhys – Physics (Research Placement) F302
MPhys – Physics with Astrophysics F3FM
MPhys – Theoretical Physics  F328
MEng –  Automotive Engineering H330
MEng –  Automotive Engineering (with IPY) H31F
MEng –  Mechanical Engineering H301
MEng –  Mechanical Engineering (with IPY) H34F

How to apply for ATAS clearance

The ATAS application is made online on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website and is free of charge. The ATAS team aim to respond to all applications within 20 working days of successful completion.

If you apply for a course which requires ATAS clearance we will enclose with your offer letter a form containing the information that you need in order to make the ATAS application.

If you require a Tier 4 Student Visa you must obtain ATAS clearance before you apply for your visa.