Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

If you are an international student applying for a science- or engineering-based course, you may need to apply for Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance.

What is ATAS? 

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

Do I need ATAS clearance?

You need to apply for ATAS clearance if you are not a national of an European Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, and you are applying for a science or engineering-based course.

Use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website to find out which countries are in the EEA and if you need an ATAS clearance certificate.

How do I apply for ATAS clearance?

If you apply for a course that requires ATAS clearance, you will receive information about making an ATAS application with your offer letter from Sussex. 

To apply for ATAS clearance, complete an online application form on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Which Masters courses require ATAS clearance?

You need an ATAS certificate if you are applying for: 

When should I apply? 

You must submit your application to study at Sussex by 1 August. This is to allow enough time for it to be considered so that you can apply for ATAS clearance and your visa. 

You can apply for ATAS after you have received an offer from us. 

After you have received ATAS clearance, we issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to you so that you can then apply for your visa.

Find out more about applying for ATAS clearance on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website

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