Advanced Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for Continuing Taught Students

Who needs to apply for an ATAS certificate?

You do not need an ATAS certificate if:

  • You are a UK, EU or EEA (including Switzerland) national, or hold Indefinite Leave to Enter/Remain in the UK.

You do need an ATAS certificate if:

  • You are a Tier 4 student, you are studying on one of the programmes below, and one or more of the following applies:
    • You are extending the length of your course by 3 months or more, for example you are retaking modules with attendance, or adding a placement year.
    • You need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa (in the UK or overseas).
    • You plan to study modules which were not included in your original ATAS application.
  • You are a Tier 4 student and you wish to transfer to one of the programmes below.
  • You are studying on one of the programmes below and are switching into Tier 4.
  • You are registered for one of the programmes below and are planning to return to the UK on a Short-term Study visa for up to six months to retake one or more modules or exams.
  • You are studying on one of the programmes below by Distance Learning and are required to be in attendance at the University for the teaching of one or more modules. You will also require a new ATAS certificate if the modules or the modules or expected end date for your programme have changed since you first received ATAS clearance.
  • You hold a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 5 visa, are studying on one of the programmes below, and you wish to renew your visa.
  • You hold a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 5 visa which was issued on or after 6 April 2015 and you wish to transfer to one of the programmes below.
  • You are you are studying on one of the programmes below and are in the process of applying for asylum in the UK.

Programmes requiring ATAS Clearance

Undergraduate
  • MEng Aeronautical Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-04
  • MEng Automotive Materials - CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
  • MEng Biomaterials Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
  • MEng Chemical Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-09
  • MEng Chemical Engineering with Management - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-09
  • MPhys Engineering Physics - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
  • MEng Materials Science and Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
  • MPhys Mathematics and Physics - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-02
  • MPhys Physics - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
  • MPhys Physics and Mathematics - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
  • MPhys Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
  • MPhys Physics with Sport Science - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
  • MPhys Physics with Theoretical Physics - JACS code: F3, CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
Postgraduate Taught
  • MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering with IT and Management - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-09
  • MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-09
  • MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering – CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
  • MSc Advanced Physics - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
  • MSc Materials Science and Technology - CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-02
  • MSc Physics of Materials - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
  • MSc Polymer Science and Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
  • MSc Polymer Science and Technology - CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
China Partnership Programmes
  • MSc Chemical Engineering (China Partnership Programme) - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-09
  • MSc Materials Engineering (China Partnership Programme) - CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering (China Partnership Programme) - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-02
  • MSc Physics (China Partnership Programme) - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01
Short-Term (Visiting) and Exchange Students

Short courses and exchange programmes, plus MSc programmes in the following Schools or Departments:

  • Department of Chemical Engineering - CAH3 code: CAH10-01-09
  • Department of Materials - CAH3 code: CAH10-02-02
  • Department of Physics - CAH3 code: CAH07-01-01

If you are studying in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, ATAS may be required.  Contact the Student Office for further information.

When to Apply

If your programme end date is delayed by more than 3 months, you must apply for a new ATAS certificate within 28 days. For example, if you are registering for reassessment with attendance in the Next Academic Year you must apply for ATAS clearance when you return your reassessment form and send evidence of your application to the Student Office.

If you wish to add a placement year to your programme, the University will ask you to obtain ATAS clearance prior to processing your route change.

If the content of your programme or modules change, you must apply as soon as you know about the changes.

If you need to apply for a new visa, you must obtain ATAS clearance before the University will issue your new CAS.

How to Apply

You should submit your application via the ATAS Website. The application is free of charge and will take at least 20 working days to be processed.  Processing times are slower between April and September so apply as soon as you can.  Your certificate will be valid for a visa application for six months from the date of issue.

Please contact the Student Office if you have any further questions.

Core and Optional Modules

ATAS require details of the modules you will be studying in each year of your programme. You can get an up-to-date list of modules from your School.