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A proven national asset, Dstl is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies.

Our Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to learn new skills, get formal qualifications and get paid for it all while working on real science and technology project that have a genuine impact on the UK’s security.

We recruit for a range of apprenticeships which adapt yearly to the project we have coming up. Our degree apprenticeships are quickly becoming some of our most popular schemes offering candidates the opportunity to get a degree without the cost implications of going to university. As well as our degree apprenticeships we offer a range of other courses both in the STEM area and our business organisation area.

Typically recruits

Business Administration
Ordinance, Munitions and Explosives Engineer
Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer
Software Engineer

Key Facts

Our Values

Innovate, We deliver world class science and technology

Collaborate, We have inside knowledge and are government-savvy, to interpret and connect

Impactful, We harness deep operational understanding of defence and security needs.

Our Divisions


We have five S&T division you could work in: Counter Terrorism and Security, Cyber and Information Systems, Platform Systems, Exploration and DASA and a vast array of business support areas.

Who we work with

We mainly work with the MOD, but because of our expertise and facilities, we work across government for more than 40 government departments and agencies. We also work with lots of partners in industry, academia and internationally.

Our Priorities

We help MOD to implement the recommendations in the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review.