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 Codes||Programmes requiring ATAS||New 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/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|