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Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is primarily aimed at postgraduate qualifications (taught and research) in certain science, engineering or technological disciplines but also includes some enhanced undergraduate courses such as MEng.

If the course that you are enrolling onto requires ATAS clearance, all international students using any type of visa will need to have clearance before submitting a visa application and before starting the course. Your offer letter, CAS statement, visitor visa letter or short-term study visa letter will state whether your course requires ATAS clearance.

Applications for ATAS clearance are submitted online and are free of charge. However it can take up to 2 months for an ATAS clearance application to be processed so please apply early.

You can apply up to 6 months before your course start date.

Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.