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What this Programme has to offer

At MI5 Intelligence Officers play an essential role in keeping the country safe, which makes for one of the most challenging, stimulating and rewarding careers you can imagine. As the country faces increased threats to national security, your role as an Intelligence Officer gives you opportunity to have a tangible impact on the security of the UK.

Starting Salary


Our starting salary is £31,807, rising to £34,385 after the first year.

Work Life Balance


You can’t take your work home with you, so once you leave the office your time is your own.


Varied Career

You will work in a wide range of areas both before and after your training, having an immediate impact on the work we do in a unique working environment.

What we are looking for

People from a range of backgrounds and degree disciplines join the Intelligence Officer Development Programme. To apply you’ll need to have, or be expecting, a 2:2 in any degree discipline or have relevant work experience.

As a confident communicator, you can quickly establish productive working relationships with your colleagues. You’ll need to be organised, have a good eye for detail and trust your own judgement. While happy to take responsibility for your own areas of work, you’ll also enjoy collaborating to solve problems and make decisions. MI5 also expects its employees to have a high degree of honesty and integrity.

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

Situational Judgement Test

Online test that asks you to make decisions regarding a number of work specific scenarios

Online Investigative Assessment

A 90 minute online assessment that will test your ability to make a proportionate assessment in relation to a fictitious investigation

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, a group exercise 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 process