Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS clearance certificate will be a mandatory requirement for some Postgraduate Research and some Postgraduate Taught Masters students in Science, Engineering or Technology disciplines.

You do not need an ATAS Certificate if you are a UK/EU/EEA national.

You do need an ATAS certificate if:

  • You require a student Entry Clearance or Visa to commence study in the UK.
  • You wish to study within certain subject areas (list provided at the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) website) at a UK University where the exit award will be a Doctorate Postgraduate Masters Degree by Research or a Masters Degree.
  • You are applying for a visa extension and your subject area falls within the list provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - see  ATAS Scheme - Flow Chart for list of eligible subjects.

Research Degree Students

Before you apply for an ATAS certificate, you must have an unconditional offer letter from Robert Gordon University. If you are a current RGU Research student and require a student visa extension, you will also need to apply for an ATAS certificate. 

To prepare for your ATAS certificate clearance, you should write a short proposal with your Principal Supervisor. 

Your offer letter from the University will explain if you have to apply for an ATAS clearance certificate before applying for your Visa. Application for the certificate is done online on the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) website.  Please note, if you attempt to apply for a Visa without an ATAS certificate, the UKVI will refuse your application automatically.

Masters Taught and Enhanced Undergraduate Degree Students

Before you apply for an ATAS certificate, you must have a conditional offer letter from Robert Gordon University. If you are a current RGU Masters student and require a student visa extension, you will also need to apply for an ATAS certificate.

Your offer letter from the University will explain if you have to apply for an ATAS clearance certificate before applying for a Visa. The admissions office will issue you with an electronic support letter. This email letter will provide you with the course information text and core modules for your chosen programme, required as part of the ATAS application process. Application for the certificate is done online on the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) website, however, we highly recommend you wait for the formal ATAS letter before attempting to apply. Please note, if you attempt to apply for a Visa without an ATAS certificate, the UKVI will automatically refuse your application .

Additional Information

Further information about living in Aberdeen for International Students can be sourced via the International Office: After you Apply