What this Programme has to offer

Graduates interested in a specialist career in data analysis can join our Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme (I&DADP). At MI5, we collect data that is complex and often incomplete. Interpreting this is vital to the success of our investigations; therefore we have a dedicated team of data analyst experts. Our structured two year training programme covers the first part of this 5 year career pathway, placing you at the heart of MI5 investigations and training you up to use advanced data analytical techniques. Once you are fully trained, you will spend another 3 years in a variety of postings in analysis.

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Starting Salary


Our starting salary is £33,350, rising to £36,053 after the first year.
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Problem Solving

Unique Problems

Use your natural curiosity to spot patterns in large data sets and provide vital intelligence to investigations.
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Varied Career

Your career will be varied as you could move into analysis roles in different investigative areas, as well as tactical, strategic, policy or analyst management roles.
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What are we looking for

For this programme, we require you to have a 2:2 degree or equivalent work experience. Some people join us straight after graduation, while others have previous relevant experience. Whatever your background, you need to prove you can interrogate large data sets, evaluate the reliability of your findings and communicate them clearly.

Application Process

Throughout our recruitment process we will assess your skills against the requirements of all our Intelligence Development Programmes. This increases your chances of securing an exciting and rewarding career with MI5 and allows us to deploy the talented individuals that apply into the most suitable roles, maximising our capability to protect national security.

Application Stage

Ensures you are eligible to apply 

Cognitive Ability Test

This online test is designed to test cognitive ability through a variety of short exercises

Full Application

Competency questions and submission of a complete application 

Telephone Interview

The telephone interview will test your motivation and include some competency questions 

Assessment Centre

The assessment centre will consist of a competency interview, two role plays and a written assessment 

Final Selection Board

Following the assessment centre, you may be invited to attend a final selection board; this will be based on your performance throughout the rest of the process