ATAS certificates

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) applies to all international students and researchers (apart from exempt nationalities) who are subject to UK immigration control and are intending to study or research at postgraduate level in certain sensitive subjects.

Do you need an ATAS certificate?

You will need an ATAS certificate if you have an offer to study, or are extending your visa, for a PhD or Masters level programme in a subject or research area where knowledge could be used in programmes to develop Advanced Conventional Military Technology (ACMT), weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or their means of delivery. If you are a researcher or student in these sensitive subjects you must apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before you can study or start research in the UK.

To check if you need an ATAS certificate you will need to know the CAH3 code that applies to your course or research. You can find this in the spreadsheet below. Once you have your course CAH3 code, you can check if you need an ATAS certificate on the government website.

  • To check if you need an ATAS certificate you will need to know the CAH3 code that applies to your course or research. You can find this in our spreadsheet here.

    Course code Course name Course level CAH3 code
    AWRR001 The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience MAR CAH03-01-03
    AWRR001 The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience MPHR CAH03-01-03
    AWRR001 The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience MSCR CAH03-01-03
    AWRR001 The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience PhD CAH03-01-03
    AWRR002 Physical and Ecological Processes of Agroecology, Water and Resilience MAR CAH03-01-03
    AWRR002 Physical and Ecological Processes of Agroecology, Water and Resilience MPHR CAH03-01-03
    AWRR002 Physical and Ecological Processes of Agroecology, Water and Resilience MSCR CAH03-01-03
    AWRR002 Physical and Ecological Processes of Agroecology, Water and Resilience PhD CAH03-01-03
    AWRR009 The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience - Resilient Food and Water Systems in Practice MPHR CAH03-01-03
    AWRR009 The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience - Resilient Food and Water Systems in Practice MSCR CAH03-01-03
    AWRR009 The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience - Resilient Food and Water Systems in Practice PhD CAH03-01-03
    BER002 Civil Engineering MPHI CAH10-01-07
    BER002 Civil Engineering MPHR CAH10-01-07
    BER002 Civil Engineering PhD CAH10-01-07
    BESRP009 Water and Wastewater Treatment by Portfolio PhD CAH03-01-03
    BESRP010 Sustainably Draining Hard Paved Surfaces by Portfolio PhD CAH03-01-03
    CEMR001 Centre for E-Mobility and Clean Growth - Energy Storage MPHR CAH10-01-09
    CEMR001 Centre for E-Mobility and Clean Growth - Energy Storage MSCR CAH10-01-09
    CEMR001 Centre for E-Mobility and Clean Growth - Energy Storage PhD CAH10-01-09
    CEMR002 Centre for E-Mobility and Clean Growth - Power Electronics MPHR CAH10-01-08
    CEMR002 Centre for E-Mobility and Clean Growth - Power Electronics MSCR CAH10-01-08
    CEMR002 Centre for E-Mobility and Clean Growth - Power Electronics PhD CAH10-01-08
    ECR003 Computing MAR CAH11-01-02
    ECR003 Computing MPHI CAH11-01-02
    ECR003 Computing MPHR CAH11-01-02
    ECR003 Computing MSCR CAH11-01-02
    ECR003 Computing PhD CAH11-01-02
    ECR004 Engineering and Knowledge Management MAR CAH17-01-04
    ECR004 Engineering and Knowledge Management MPHI CAH17-01-04
    ECR004 Engineering and Knowledge Management MPHR CAH17-01-04
    ECR004 Engineering and Knowledge Management MSCR CAH17-01-04
    ECR004 Engineering and Knowledge Management PhD CAH17-01-04
    ECR005 Mathematics and Control Engineering MAR CAH10-01-08
    ECR005 Mathematics and Control Engineering MPHI CAH10-01-08
    ECR005 Mathematics and Control Engineering MPHR CAH10-01-08
    ECR005 Mathematics and Control Engineering MSCR CAH10-01-08
    ECR005 Mathematics and Control Engineering PhD CAH10-01-08
    ECR006 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering MAR CAH10-01-02
    ECR006 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering MPHI CAH10-01-02
    ECR006 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering MPHR CAH10-01-02
    ECR006 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering MSCR CAH10-01-02
    ECR006 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering PhD CAH10-01-02
    ECR007 Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building MAR CAH10-01-07
    ECR007 Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building MPHI CAH10-01-07
    ECR007 Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building MPHR CAH10-01-07
    ECR007 Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building MSCR CAH10-01-07
    ECR007 Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building PhD CAH10-01-07
    ECR009 Software Engineering MSCR CAH11-01-04
    ECR010 Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering MAR CAH10-01-04
    ECR010 Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering MPHI CAH10-01-04
    ECR010 Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering MPHR CAH10-01-04
    ECR010 Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering MSCR CAH10-01-04
    ECR010 Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering PhD CAH10-01-04
    ECR011 Computing (AAE) MAR CAH11-01-02
    ECR011 Computing (AAE) MPHI CAH11-01-02
    ECR011 Computing (AAE) MPHR CAH11-01-02
    ECR011 Computing (AAE) MSCR CAH11-01-02
    ECR011 Computing (AAE) PhD CAH11-01-02
    ECR012 Aviation, Aerospace and Electrical / Electronic Engineering MAR CAH10-01-04
    ECR012 Aviation, Aerospace and Electrical / Electronic Engineering MPHI CAH10-01-04
    ECR012 Aviation, Aerospace and Electrical / Electronic Engineering MPHR CAH10-01-04
    ECR012 Aviation, Aerospace and Electrical / Electronic Engineering MSCR CAH10-01-04
    ECR012 Aviation, Aerospace and Electrical / Electronic Engineering PhD CAH10-01-04
    ECR013 Mathematics and Physics MAR CAH09-01-01
    ECR013 Mathematics and Physics MPHI CAH09-01-01
    ECR013 Mathematics and Physics MPHR CAH09-01-01
    ECR013 Mathematics and Physics MSCR CAH09-01-01
    ECR013 Mathematics and Physics PhD CAH09-01-01
    ECR014 Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering MAR CAH10-01-02
    ECR014 Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering MPHI CAH10-01-02
    ECR014 Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering MPHR CAH10-01-02
    ECR014 Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering MSCR CAH10-01-02
    ECR014 Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering PhD CAH10-01-02
    ECR015 Computing (non ATAS) MAR CAH11-01-02
    ECR015 Computing (non ATAS) MPHI CAH11-01-02
    ECR015 Computing (non ATAS) MPHR CAH11-01-02
    ECR015 Computing (non ATAS) MSCR CAH11-01-02
    ECR015 Computing (non ATAS) PhD CAH11-01-02
    ECR016 Centre for Materials and Manufacturing Engineering MAR CAH10-01-02
    ECR016 Centre for Materials and Manufacturing Engineering MPHR CAH10-01-02
    ECR016 Centre for Materials and Manufacturing Engineering MSCR CAH10-01-02
    ECR016 Centre for Materials and Manufacturing Engineering PhD CAH10-01-02
    ECR019 Centre for Mobility and Transport MAR CAH10-01-07
    ECR019 Centre for Mobility and Transport MPHR CAH10-01-07
    ECR019 Centre for Mobility and Transport MSCR CAH10-01-07
    ECR019 Centre for Mobility and Transport PhD CAH10-01-07
    ECR020 Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics ENGD CAH07-01-01
    ECR020 Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics MPHR CAH07-01-01
    ECR020 Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics MSCR CAH07-01-01
    ECR020 Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics PhD CAH07-01-01
    ECRP002 Engineering Knowledge Management (PhD by Portfolio) PhD CAH17-01-04
    ECRP003 Mechanical, Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering By Portfolio PhD CAH10-01-02
    ECT073 Control Systems and Vehicle Engineering MSc CAH10-01-08
    ECT094 Mechanical Engineering MSc CAH10-01-02
    ECT113 Human Factors in Aviation MSc CAH25-01-03
    ECT114 Oil and Gas Engineering MSc CAH10-01-09
    EECR001 Engineering Doctorate ENGD CAH10-01-01
    EECR002 Centre for Future Transport and Cities MPHR CAH10-01-07
    EECR002 Centre for Future Transport and Cities MSCR CAH10-01-07
    EECR002 Centre for Future Transport and Cities PhD CAH10-01-07
    EECR005 IFTC Systems MPHR CAH10-01-08
    EECR005 IFTC Systems MSCR CAH10-01-08
    EECR005 IFTC Systems PhD CAH10-01-08
    EECR009 IID - Institute for Future Transport and Cities MPHR CAH10-01-07
    EECR009 IID - Institute for Future Transport and Cities PhD CAH10-01-07
    EECR011 Applied Maths Transnational Research Degree MSCR CAH09-01-01
    EECR011 Applied Maths Transnational Research Degree PhD CAH09-01-01
    EECR012 Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems MPHR CAH07-01-01
    EECR012 Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems MSCR CAH07-01-01
    EECR012 Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems PhD CAH07-01-01
    EECR013 Centre for Data Science MPHR CAH11-01-03
    EECR013 Centre for Data Science MSCR CAH11-01-03
    EECR013 Centre for Data Science PhD CAH11-01-03
    EECR014 Professional Engineering Doctorate MSCR CAH10-01-01
    EECRP001 PhD By Publication - Oil and Gas PhD CAH10-01-09
    EECT005 Renewable Energy Engineering MSc CAH10-01-09
    EECT027 Aerospace Engineering MSc CAH10-01-04
    EECT048 Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc CAH10-01-02
    EECT057 Petroleum and Environmental Technology MA CAH10-01-09
    EECT057 Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc CAH10-01-09
    EECT058 Oil and Gas Engineering MSc CAH10-01-09
    EECT066 Human Factors in Aviation MSc CAH25-01-03
    EECT068 Renewable Energy Engineering MSc CAH10-01-09
    EECT074 Control Systems and Vehicle Engineering MSc CAH10-01-08
    EECT087 Renewable Energy Engineering (Work Placement) MSc CAH10-01-09
    EECT095 Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Work Placement) MSc CAH10-01-02
    EECT096 Mechanical Engineering MSc CAH10-01-02
    EECT097 Connected Autonomous Vehicle Systems MSc CAH10-01-02
    EECT102 Aerospace Engineering (Work Placement) MSc CAH10-01-04
    EECT112 Petroleum and Environmental Technology (Work Placement) MA CAH10-01-09
    EECT112 Petroleum and Environmental Technology (Work Placement) MSc CAH10-01-09
    EECT113 Oil and Gas Engineering (Work Placement) MSc CAH10-01-09
    ENGR008 Engineering Design MPHI CAH10-01-01
    ENGR008 Engineering Design MPHR CAH10-01-01
    ENGR008 Engineering Design PhD CAH10-01-01
    MISR001 Computer Science MPHI CAH11-01-01
    MISR001 Computer Science MPHR CAH11-01-01
    MISR001 Computer Science PhD CAH11-01-01
    SER003 Civil Engineering MSCR CAH10-01-07
    SER007 Disaster Relief and Development Engineering MSCR CAH10-01-07
    ARIRP001 Biomolecular and Sport Sciences DSc CAH03-02-01
    HLSR006 Biomolecular and Sport Sciences MAR CAH03-02-01
    HLSR006 Biomolecular and Sport Sciences MPHI CAH03-02-01
    HLSR006 Biomolecular and Sport Sciences MPHR CAH03-02-01
    HLSR006 Biomolecular and Sport Sciences MSCR CAH03-02-01
    HLSR006 Biomolecular and Sport Sciences PhD CAH03-02-01
    HLSR014 Sonochemistry Centre MAR CAH07-02-01
    HLSR014 Sonochemistry Centre MPHI CAH07-02-01
    HLSR014 Sonochemistry Centre MPHR CAH07-02-01
    HLSR014 Sonochemistry Centre MSCR CAH07-02-01
    HLSR014 Sonochemistry Centre PhD CAH07-02-01
    HLSR015 Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences MAR CAH03-01-08
    HLSR015 Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences MSCR CAH03-01-08
    HLSR015 Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences PhD CAH03-01-08
    HLSR018 Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences MAR CAH03-01-08
    HLSR018 Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences MSCR CAH03-01-08
    HLSR018 Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences PhD CAH03-01-08
    HLSRP009 Biomolecular and Sports Sciences - PhD by Portfolio MAR CAH03-02-01
    HLSRP009 Biomolecular and Sports Sciences - PhD by Portfolio MPHI CAH03-02-01
    HLSRP009 Biomolecular and Sports Sciences - PhD by Portfolio MPHR CAH03-02-01
    HLSRP009 Biomolecular and Sports Sciences - PhD by Portfolio MSCR CAH03-02-01
    HLSRP009 Biomolecular and Sports Sciences - PhD by Portfolio PhD CAH03-02-01

Check if you need an ATAS certificate

ATAS exemptions

If you are a UK or EU national, or a national of the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America, you do not need an ATAS certificate.

Researchers and students of all other nationalities must apply for an ATAS certificate. You must apply if you are undertaking a postgraduate course or research in certain sensitive subjects in the UK. If you are applying to study an undergraduate course with an integrated masters year you may also need ATAS clearance.

You do not need an ATAS certificate if you’re doing a postgraduate diploma or PGCE. You should continue with your application for permission to stay in the UK as necessary.

How to apply

Before you submit an application for an ATAS certificate you will need an offer from Coventry University as it contains information needed to be granted a certificate.

When you have your offer letter please go to the ATAS website where you will be able to apply online.

Please ensure that the text you enter on your application form is exactly the same as the text provided in your offer letter. If these two documents do not match, you may have difficulties when applying for your visa or extension of stay.

Apply for an ATAS certificate

For any queries regarding a postgraduate research programme, please visit the Doctoral College webpage or contact the Research Admissions team at research.admissions@coventry.ac.uk.

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