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The DESG Graduate Scheme

About us

We are proud to offer graduates the opportunity to join what is probably the very best graduate development scheme for engineers and scientists in the UK: The Ministry of Defence, Defence Engineering and Science Graduate Scheme.

The UK needs modern battle winning forces to defend its interests and to contribute to strengthening international peace and security. Cutting edge engineering and science is a critical component in supporting this effort.

The DESG graduate scheme is a carefully structured but flexible training programme; enabling each graduate to get the most from a series of work placements (that includes placements with private industry). Through this unique scheme each graduate is able to further their professional development - making it possible for them to gain tremendous engineering or science experience and to achieve chartered status within just four years.

The Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) is the team of thousands of engineers and scientists working within the Ministry of Defence, and this scheme leads to exciting engineering careers within the Defence Equipment and Support organisation – a key part of the Ministry of Defence responsible for equipping and supporting the UK Armed Forces.

It is because of our requirement to safeguard the UK and its interests that the range and depth of the development opportunities that we offer are exceptional - making us a market leader. Moreover, we believe that the quality of our training programme, our accelerated path to chartership, personal mentoring and huge investment in each graduate sets us apart from competitors in the engineering and science field.

The DESG Scheme gives many different types of career paths, and the 'Nuclear’ path is just one of a choice from many exciting career paths that DESG Graduates may prefer.

Opportunities & Training

Our prestigious graduate scheme is accredited by: IMechE, IET, IMarEST, RINA, RAeS and IOP and has been an industry leader for more than thirty years, launching hundreds of graduates into satisfying careers in engineering and science.

Our Team/Staff

The DESG is the community of thousands of professional engineers and scientists, and the DESG Graduate Scheme leads to careers in the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation - working on projects that are fascinating, valuable, unique and sometimes highly classified.

DE&S is a bespoke trading entity and arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence - equipping and supporting the UK armed forces with state of the art technology managing a vast range of complex projects to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively in their defence mission.

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Candidates must have, or be studying for a degree in an accredited subject and be on track to achieve a 2:2.


  • The DESG Scheme invests very heavily in your professional training and development
  • Absorbing professional work
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • The possibility of international travel
  • Pensions
  • Generous annual leave and privilege holidays
  • Sports and social opportunities and much more...
  • A truly exciting and rewarding career.

Further information

Terms and Conditions:

The Civil Service is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria. We will not tolerate discrimination on any of the following: gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, HIV positivity, working pattern, caring responsibilities, trade union activity or political beliefs - or any other grounds.

External applicants should note that for posts in Northern Ireland, applications from the Roman Catholic community are particularly welcomed as this group is currently under-represented in our workforce.

Pension Statement:

You will be entitled to choose between a defined benefit pension scheme or a stakeholder pension with an employer contribution.

We typically recruit a multitude of engineering disciplines including:

  • Aerospace
  • Naval Architecture
  • Nuclear
  • Systems Engineers
  • Computing/Technology
  • Electronic & Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Mechanical

And many more!

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