MI5 - Security Service

Graduate Careers

MI5 safeguards the United Kingdom against threats to national security including terrorism, espionage, sabotage and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Talented graduates from a range of backgrounds and degrees join MI5 for demanding, stimulating and rewarding careers.

Many graduates join us on the Intelligence Officer Development Programme, a structured programme that will cover the first 3-5 years of an Intelligence Officer's career. Others join as Intelligence Analysts, Foreign Language Analysts or Digital Intelligence Tactical Solutions Developers.

Together they work on investigations assessing threats, solving complex digital intelligence problems, manipulating data, spotting connections and identifying patterns. You can learn more about the roles in the Day in the Life section of our website.

We also launched a Technology Graduate Development Programme in early 2014 for graduates with a passion for technology. Trainees on this programme will develop the skills, understanding and competencies required to undertake a range of roles within MI5's pioneering IT function. The Technology Graduate Development Programme is specifically designed to develop your knowledge and experience in Project Management, Business Analysis, IT Security and IT/ Software Engineering.

Following completion of two postings, of approximately one year each, in two of these areas, you will then specialise in one area to deepen your knowledge, hone your technical skills, consolidate your portfolio of work experience and gain a relevant professional qualification. The programme will utilise your analytical, team working, problem solving and communications skills in a dynamic environment, leading to a rewarding career at the very forefront of technology.

You can apply for the Technology Graduate Development Programme now.

You may also be interested in the following pages: 

Download our graduate careers brochure opens in a new window and Intelligence Officer Development Programme booklet opens in a new window.


Intelligence Officer Development Programme
Learn what goes into investigations before you lead them

Advice for applicants

Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. You should also make them aware of the importance of discretion.

MI5 - The Security Service came 50th in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers for 2012-13. We were also the 9th most popular graduate employer in the Guardian UK 300 for 2012-13.