Defence Engineering Degree Apprenticeship 2018

Information about the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) engineering management, degree apprenticeship schemes.

A world class engineering apprenticeship with Defence Equipment and Support.

Earn while you learn…and forget about university debt!

Have 3 to 5 years developing at our expense with one of our amazing opportunities to gain an Engineering Degree (BEng) while, at the same time, earning a good salary with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

How to apply:

Defence Engineering Degree Apprenticeship 2018 applications are open now on Civil Service Jobs (closing date 18 March 2018).

We can offer you:

  • a very competitive salary and an exciting introduction to MOD work, while, at the same time, we sponsor you through your engineering degree at university!
  • highly interesting placements in the UK, significant numbers of which are not available in private industry
  • a huge investment and emphasis on your personal training and development
  • a wide variety of exciting and rewarding career opportunities supporting the nation’s defence
  • the fastest route available to the prestigious ‘Incorporated Status’ in engineering

Whichever scheme you choose, at the end of your 3 to 5 year Degree Apprenticeship with us you can have:

  • a university degree in engineering
  • a fantastic career in engineering
  • no university debt
  • a breadth of engineering experience
  • travelled a long way towards Incorporated Status …and all of this at our expense!

These are exciting, challenging and exceptional opportunities to be involved in:

Supporting the Royal Navy with their fleet of submarines, through the Nuclear Submarine and Strategic Weapons Degree Apprenticeship Scheme


Providing battle winning weapons systems to the UK armed forces, through the Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives Degree Apprenticeship Scheme


Assisting in the support and design of the UK services fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

You must have:

  • 5 GCSE grade A* to C or Grades 4 - 9 (or equivalent) including English, mathematics and science / engineering subject plus 2 additional subjects
  • have, or be studying for, ‘A’ levels (or equivalent) in mathematics and either a science or other engineering related subject and 1 other subject, typically two B’s and one C or above, by August 2018 or a National Diploma in engineering at distinction* distinction* level (minimum 112 UCAS points under the new scheme)

A strong performance in GCSE STEM subjects will be expected for National Diploma applicants.

Please note: that this is a development scheme and candidates with higher level qualifications in engineering may not be eligible. All vocational and academic qualifications held or in progress must be declared.

Please see the factsheets for further details regarding qualifications, the selection process and the structure of the schemes.

MOD projects are fascinating, valuable, unique and sometimes highly classified.

These schemes are the first exciting step in your engineering career with the Ministry of Defence!

Scheme information

Case studies

  1. DE&S apprenticeship case study: Maria

    • Guidance
Published 5 December 2016
Last updated 17 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added notice: applications are now open on the Civil Service jobs website
  2. Updated page to confirm closure of application date.
  3. First published.