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Academic Technology Approval Scheme
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a ‘vetting’ scheme that was introduced by the Weapons of Mass Destruction Controls Policy Section of the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO). The scheme covers students wishing to study PhD’s and Masters in certain ‘high-risk’ subjects, as well as undergraduate programmes that lead to postgraduate qualifications. Offer holders will be required to obtain security clearance from the FCO prior to submitting a visa application. ATAS approval is only required for offer holders who require a visa to enter the country.
Which undergraduate programmes are covered?
Undergraduate Masters programmes that require ATAS clearance can be identified by the beginning of their JACS code.
- F2 – Materials Science
- F3 – Physics (including Nuclear Physics)
- H3 – Mechanical Engineering
- H4 – Aerospace Engineering
- H8 – Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
- J5 – Materials Technology not otherwise specified
This means that the following programmes at UCL will require ATAS clearance:
|UCAS Code||Course code||Full name||Faculty code|
|H813||UMNBENSING05||MEng Biochemical Engineering||ENG|
|H814||UMNBENWABR05||MEng Biochemical Engineering with Study Abroad||ENG|
|H817||UMNBENWBIM05||MEng Biochemical Engineering with Bioproc Mangmnt||ENG|
|H815||UMNBENWCEN05||MEng Biochemical with Chemical Engineering||ENG|
|H801||UMNCENSING05||MEng Chemical Engineering||ENG|
|H802||UMNCENWABR05||MEng Chemical Engineering with Study Abroad||ENG|
|H816||UMNCENWBEN05||MEng Chemical with Biochemical Engineering||ENG|
|H301||UMNMECSING05||MEng Mechanical Engineering||ENG|
|H1NH||UMNMECWBFN05||MEng Engineering with Business Finance||ENG|
|F323||UMSCHESPHY05||MSci Chemical Physics||MAP|
|GF1H||UMSMATAPHY05||MSci Mathematics and Physics||MAP|
|G1FH||UMSMATWMPH09||MSci Mathematics with Mathematical Physics||MAP|
|F350||UMSMPHSING05||MSci Medical Physics||ENG|
|FGC0||UMSNATSING05||MSci Natural Sciences||MAP|
|F345||UMSPHYSTPH05||MSci Theoretical Physics||MAP|
How do offer holders apply?
Applications must be made for each programme which the student may accept (i.e. the certificate will be linked to a specific programme and must correspond with the course stated on the CAS).
The quickest way for offer holders to apply for their ATAS clearance is by going online to the website: www.fco.gov.uk/atas. Applications can be made free of charge and it is expected results will be available within 5-10 working days. Applicants will be required to provide personal information and their previous university education and employment history, as well as information about their financial sponsor and two referees. Applicants will have to provide a list of optional modules that they may wish to take. A list of compulsory modules for each programme will be provided to the FCO directly.
When do offer holders apply?
Applicants must wait until they are in possession of a formal conditional or unconditional offer from UCL, before they can apply for ATAS clearance. However, applicants should apply for clearance as soon as possible to ensure that they are cleared in time to apply for their Visa.
Producing information for offer holders
An additional page has been added to the offer letter which contains ATAS information relevant to an applicant. This page will be printed for applicants, who we believe will require a visa, who are made an offer on one of the relevant programmes.
Monitoring ATAS students
On making an offer to an ATAS student Faculty Admissions Officers must add a clearance check.
When the FCO makes a decision on an offer holder then they are emailed and a copy is sent to a central email account at UCL, which is monitored by Bella Malins. These notifications will be forwarded to the relevant admissions officer, and the final decision should be recorded on the ATAS clearance check.
If an offer holder is refused ATAS clearance then they have the right to appeal.
Applying for a Visa
ATAS students will have a flag on their CAS confirming whether ATAS clearance is required. These offer holders should present the certificate from the FCO with their visa application.
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