Information on Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Information on Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Please note that the following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes require ATAS. 

If you are a postgraduate research student, you will be informed in your offer letter whether you will require ATAS. The CAH3 code for a PhD or research masters is linked to the research topic (not the programme) so we can only inform you of ATAS requirements once your proposed research has been assigned a CAH3 code by your supervisor.

If you require a visa to study in the UK, then you will need to apply for an ATAS certificate before commencing your programme of study and applying for your visa or extension of stay.

Please allow at least four weeks (20 working days) to obtain your ATAS.

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was introduced on 1 November 2007. It is used to help stop the spread of knowledge and skills that could be used in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery. This is in common with other governments around the world. The ATAS is designed to ensure that people who are applying to study certain sensitive subjects in the UK do not have links to WMD programmes. You can find out more information about the scheme and ATAS certificate by visiting the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Please see the table below showing the CAH3 codes required to apply for an ATAS.

Please note these were previously called JACS codes but you now only require your CAH3 code to apply. 

Old JACS CodesProgrammes requiring ATASNew CAH3 Code
H410 MEng Aeronautical Engineering CAH10-01-04
H300 MEng Mechanical Design Engineering CAH10-01-02
H300 MEng Mechanical Engineering CAH10-01-02
H300/H410 MEng Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics CAH10-01-02 CAH10-01-04
H300/W240 MEng Product Design Engineering CAH10-01-02 / CAH21-01-03
H400 MEng Aerospace Systems CAH10-01-04
F300/F500 MSci Astronomy and Physics CAH07-01-01 / CAH07-01-02
F320 MSci Chemical Physics CAH07-01-01
F320 MSci Chemical Physics with work placement CAH07-01-01
F300/I100 MSci Computing Science and Physics CAH07-01-01 / CAH11-01-01
F300/G100 MSci Mathematics and Physics CAH07-01-01 / CAH09-01-01
F300 MSci Physics CAH07-01-01
F300/F510 MSci Physics with Astrophysics CAH07-01-01 / CAH07-01-02
F340 MSci Theoretical Physics CAH07-01-01
F342 MSc Quantum Technology CAH07-01-01
H410 MSc Aerospace Engineering CAH10-01-04
H400 MSc Aerospace Engineering & Management CAH10-01-04
H300 MSc Mechanical Engineering & Management CAH10-01-02
H300 MSc Mechanical Engineering CAH10-01-02
F300 MSc Physics: Advanced Materials CAH07-01-01
F300 MSc Physics: Energy & the environment CAH07-01-01
F370 MSc Physics: Nuclear Technology CAH07-01-01
F300 MSc Theoretical Physics CAH07-01-01
F350 MSc Medical Physics CAH07-01-01