ATAS Certificate

ATAS certificates are only applicable to certain PhD students. 

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is an essential part of the UK’s commitment to counter proliferation. The scheme is specifically designed to ensure that those applying for postgraduate study in certain sensitive subjects do not acquire knowledge that could potentially be used in WMD (weapons of mass destruction) programmes.

Students can apply for an ATAS certificate up to six months in advance of beginning your course as the certificate has a validity period of six months. If students require an ATAS certificate they will need to apply for this before applying for a visa, allowing at least four weeks (20 working days) in order to obtain it. Visa applications will be automatically refused if students fail to provide a valid ATAS certificate.

Before applying for your ATAS certificate students will need the following:

  • An offer letter from the University of Leicester.
  • Information about your programme of study/research including the relevant JACS code.
  • A brief description of the research you will carry out.


Contact Details

College of Science and Engineering
Physics Building
University of Leicester 
Tel: 0116 252 3497