DESG Graduate Scheme

Information about the Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) Graduate Scheme and case studies.

Spend 2 to 3 years developing yourself with our full support, in preparation for a truly unique career. The DESG graduate scheme is probably the best graduate development scheme for engineers and scientists in the UK.

How to apply

Graduate applications now open on the Defence Equipment & Support Website

Please note that the DESG graduate scheme will accept a 2.2 degree or above.

We offer you:

  • considerable investment in your development
  • placements in the UK and abroad; development opportunities that are not available in private industry
  • a competitive salary
  • the fastest available route to chartered or incorporated engineer status
  • a personal mentor and dedicated development team to help you undertake a personalised development plan
  • depending on your background and career choice, we may offer further paid education to Masters level
  • a rich variety of truly rewarding future careers

DE&S projects are innovative, unique, and sometimes highly classified.

Over 95% of graduates completing the graduate scheme would recommend it to a friend or sibling.

Apply here for DESG sponsorship

The DESG Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme is currently closed to applications.

A case study history

Updates to this page

Published 1 December 2014
Last updated 27 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added: Amended text and URL to DE&S Graduate & Apprenticeship schemes which are both now live

  2. Updated contact details.

  3. Updated the content for the DESG Graduate Scheme as applications have now closed.

  4. Updated the information for the DESG Graduate and Sponsorship schemes.

  5. Updated the DESG Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme applications closed statement.

  6. Added notice to apply for the DE&S DESG Engineering Graduate and Sponsorship Schemes.

  7. Updated the how to apply information to reflect application closing dates.

  8. Updated the Apply here section with the following: 'The DESG Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme may re-open to applications later in 2018'.

  9. Updated the 'We offer you' section.

  10. Added link to the DESG Graduate Scheme application on Civil Service Jobs.

  11. Added link to the Defence Engineering and Science Group leaflet.

  12. Added information on when the DESG Graduate Scheme is due to open.

  13. Added information on when the DESG Graduate Scheme opens.

  14. Added contact details for DESG schemes.

  15. Added link to the DESG graduate scheme advertisement on the Civil Service Jobs website.

  16. Removal of outdated information.

  17. Added DESG Graduate Scheme: Ryan.

  18. Added new case study.

  19. Updated DESG Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme application date.

  20. Updated DESG Graduate Scheme application date.

  21. Defence Engineering and Science Group: graduate trainee collection removed from page

  22. Added case study: Alex

  23. Added announcement and link to DESG Graduate advert.

  24. Added announcement about applying to the scheme.

  25. Added notice: Apply here for DESG sponsorship

  26. Added note: 'The DESG Graduate Scheme now accepts a minimum of a 2.2 degree.'

  27. Added link to job advert (closing date: 14 October 2016).

  28. Updated scheme closing date.

  29. Added note: DESG Graduate Scheme is now open and link to application.

  30. Added link to DESG graduate job.

  31. First published.