Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is designed to ensure that those applying to study in certain sensitive subjects do not acquire knowledge that could potentially be used in weapons of mass destruction programmes. The scheme is operated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the UK’s commitment to counter proliferation.

ATAS clearance is required for students who are not UK, EEA or Swiss nationals and will be studying specific subject areas at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

If you are intending to study an area that requires ATAS clearance, the University will contact you once an offer has been made to ensure you are aware of the process and to provide the additional information you will require to successfully apply for ATAS clearance.

You must apply for your ATAS certificate before you start your visa application process. ATAS clearance can take up to a month to be approved in busy periods.