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Technology at MI5

MI5 is often overlooked as an organisation that invests in technology. The reality is that we have pioneering corporate and operational technology sections which offer careers in technology that are very different from any other organisation.

Technology is rapidly evolving and it's vital for MI5 to stay one step ahead. This is why we need individuals with the brightest technical minds who can come up with innovative solutions to a wide range of technological challenges. So whether you are an experienced Enterprise Architect horizon scanning future technologies to enable MI5 to run investigations, or a graduate starting out on your career on our Technology Graduate Development Programme, your work makes a direct impact on how effectively MI5 can protect the UK's national security.

Cyber Technical Analysts

MI5's Cyber Technical Analysts play a vital role in investigations against hostile actors conducting cyber espionage against the UK. You will carry out complex technical analysis, develop new capabilities and perform a unique technical investigator role in this varied and pivotal role.

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Covert Technical Operations Specialists

Covert Technical Operations Specialists take the lead in deploying a wide range of advanced MI5 technical capability to enable intelligence collection in fast paced and high profile investigations. You will play a key role in progressing investigations helping to develop methods that allow us access to the computers and devices used by terrorist groups that pose a serious threat to national security.

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Do you want to join an apprenticeship like no other? Working with MI5, SIS and GCHQ you’ll gain a unique insight into a world that you won’t find on any university course and will have the opportunity to learn about – and work with – some of the world’s most cutting edge technologies that sit at the heart of British intelligence.

During the two year scheme you’ll gain a Foundation Degree In Communications, Security and Engineering and a Level 4 Diploma in IT, Software, Web and Telecommunications Competence. Based primarily at GCHQ in Cheltenham, two thirds of your first year will be classroom-based training. In your second year, you’ll spend about a third of your time in the classroom and the rest doing placements in MI5, SIS or GCHQ.

This is a unique opportunity to develop a broad range of skills. You’ll earn while you learn in a supportive team environment, gain a recognised qualification and build your experience and confidence in the workplace.

The programme will lead to exciting roles within the intelligence agencies where you’ll have the opportunity to work on projects to enhance technical capability and our ability to tackle threats to national security.


We’re offering undergraduates studying a STEM-related degree the unique opportunity to undertake paid work experience at MI5. Our summer placements will give you an exciting opportunity to work in a unique and challenging environment where technology plays a crucial and increasingly strategic role. You could be placed in our corporate IT department or our department responsible for covert technical operations. Wherever you’re placed, you’ll be offered a range of opportunities to develop your skills on real projects.

Technology is evolving and it’s vital for MI5 to stay one step ahead. This is a new initiative and we’re investing in our future. Your work could make a direct impact on how we protect national security, and those who impress will be offered a permanent role upon graduation.


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