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ATAS Certificate and official documents

Please see below what you will need to do before joining us in October.

ATAS Certificate

Submitting Official Documents


You will need to apply for an ATAS certificate from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if this is part of your offer condition.

Information on how to apply for ATAS is available on the Gov UK website

Further information on applying for ATAS, from the International Student Support Team including FAQ’s and guidance can be found on our website and in the left-hand sidebar of this webpage. Please refer to this before you start your application. 

You apply for an ATAS certificate on the Gov UK website.

PLEASE NOTE: ATAS is only valid for 6 months and must be valid at the start of the course. We advise that you do not submit your ATAS application before April.

Documents including your official A-Level certificates (or secondary leaving certificate equivalent), English Language Certificates and ATAS Certificate must be sent by email (as pdf documents), directly to the Imperial College London Registry Team at

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must send their official documents to the Imperial College London Registry Team to be verified, NOT the Department of Materials.


Computer requirements for the course

You will need a laptop for some classes and coursework. The laptop must meet the following minimum specification:

  • Windows 10 capable 
  • Intel i5/i7 6th/7th generation processor 
  • 16GB RAM 
  • 256 GB SSD HDD  
  • Webcam

Software that you need for the programmes will be available to download for free from the Imperial Software Hub, when you enrol as a student. Using this software on a windows-based system with 16GB RAM and a basic graphics card will lead to a better experience.

The Department has a number of laptops available for loan for the duration of your course. A deposit of £100 is required and this is refundable when you return the laptop at the end of your course.

Please also note that Imperial has allowed students to ‘remote access’ computers in the library, so if you have a stable internet connection, you will be able to use this software on a college PC.  

If you are on the South Kensington campus, there are multiple venues to access a computer including our very own computer room (G08).