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13. Tier 4 Doctoral Extension Scheme and Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

13. Tier 4 Doctoral Extension Scheme and Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

1.  As of April 2013, any PhD student with a valid Tier 4 visa and nearing successful completion of their degree is eligible to apply to extend their leave to remain in the UK for a further 12 months. Students should apply within the 60 days before the completion of their course. The intention of this scheme is to enable students to find skilled employment, to undertake work experience or to set up as an entrepreneur, however these new work rights do not begin until the PHD has been awarded.  Please refer to Tier 4 Doctoral Extension Scheme for further information.

2.  In the event any changes are made to postgraduate student research proposals, the University has a requirement to notify UKVI within 28 days of the changes.  Students who are not UK, EEA or Swiss nationals may be required to obtain  an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. Information regarding which courses require an ATAS certificate can be found here.  It is the responsibility of Swansea University supervisors to notify the University’s International Student Compliance Team (Academic Services), of changes to the student’s original research proposal or the use of any new research technique.  For more information, please read the ATAS and Change of Research Topic Policy and Procedure

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