Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a Government verification scheme for international students. ATAS is compulsory for international (Non-EU) offer holders and for current students who wish to change programmes from a non-ATAS programme to an ATAS programme.


Do I need to provide an ATAS clearance certificate?

Having an ATAS clearance certificate is mandatory for some undergraduate and postgraduate applicants who need Entry Clearance to study in the UK.

This will affect you if are from outside the UK and you plan to undertake postgraduate research in one of the following disciplines:

  • Medicine
  • Biological Sciences
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • Engineering 
  • Technology disciplines

OR if you are applying for one of the following Postgraduate Taught courses:

  • H821 MSc Nuclear Power Engineering
  • J511 MSc (Eng) Advanced Engineering Materials
  • H400 MSc (Eng) Simulation in Aerospace Engineering 
  • H400 MSc (Eng) Advanced Aerospace Engineering
  • H300 MSc (Eng) Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  • F350 MSc Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering
  • F370 MSc Nuclear Science and Technology 
  • F351 MSc Radiometrics: Instrumentation and Modelling

OR if you are applying for an Undergraduate degree, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in one of the following disciplines:

  • Materials Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Avionic Systems and Pilot Studies
  • Physics (including Nuclear and Theoretical Physics)

If the criteria above apply to you and you do not have an ATAS certificate, your Entry Clearance application will be refused.

It is your responsibility to check if this scheme applies to you.

The following programmes have a deadline for applications of 31st July

Programme

Programme Code

Major Code

MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

MSC/AME

AMEG

MSc Advanced Aerospace Engineering

MSC/AAEG

AAEG

MSc Nuclear Science & Technology

MSC/NT

PNST

Msc Radiometrics: Instrumentation & Modelling

MSC/RM

PPRA

MRes Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine

MRES/BSTM

BSTM

MRes Advanced Biological Science

MRES/ADSC

ASCR


What is a JACS code?

You will only need a JACS code if you are applying for a programme that requires an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

If this is the case, you will receive with your offer letter an ATAS Statement containing the relevant JACS code. If your programme does not fall under the ATAS scheme you will not need your programme's JACS code.


Further Information

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The ATAS application is an online only process and is free of charge. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) aim to process applications within 20 working days after the submission of the application. Processing times will increase between the months of April and September and can take 30 or more working days to complete. Details of applying for ATAS can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

If you require further help please contact atas@liv.ac.uk.

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