As a graduate you will be enrolled into QinetiQ’s two year Graduate Development Programme. This has been designed to give you maximum exposure to the company as well as all the necessary training for your selected role.

You will be assigned to a Skill Group based on your expertise and experience. The wide diversity of roles within the Skill Groups ensures that a host of disciplines will be able to find a place within the group. Once situated, you will be given access to world class technology, unique facilities and a strong support network to help develop your career path.

You will be able to choose from over 100 rotational placements throughout QinetiQ so that you can learn to understand the company as a whole. These placements will give you an opportunity to assess whether your skills are best suited to your selected role. At QinetiQ we are dedicated to putting the right people are in the right place, therefore it is recognised that initial choices are not binding as you will experience a wide range of activities and locations across the UK as you develop your knowledge and experience.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package with the chance to do some fascinating work in supportive teams, alongside world experts in their fields. You’ll be surrounded by opportunities; it's just up to you to seize them!

As part of the Graduate Development Programme, you will be encouraged to begin the route to Chartership, where relevant. You will be able to join the QinetiQ Initial Professional Development (IPD) scheme, select the appropriate professional body to suit your qualifications and career choice and we will pay the annual membership fees. Working alongside a mentor, you will quickly begin to build a portfolio of evidence for your eventual Chartership application. Our IPD scheme is accredited by various professional bodies such as the IET and IMechE, and we have links with numerous other professional bodies.

Once the two-year programme has finished, you will become a permanent member of your skill group, bringing with you all the training and awareness that you have developed over the scheme to become a valuable team member.

Interested in joining some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today? Search and view all our Graduate Opportunities here.


CV and Covering Letter: Applications will be open in the Autumn. Applicants will need to submit a CV and tailored cover letter on why they want to work at QinetiQ. There will also be some brief questions to be answered to help the applications team ensure you are being interviewed for the right role.

Online Aptitude Tests: Within a few weeks of applying, successful applicants will be asked to complete a brief verbal and numerical reasoning exercise. This should take no longer than 30 minutes.

Video Interviews: Those who pass the online aptitude tests will then be invited to take part in a video interview. Applicants will be asked a series of questions and expected to record their responses via webcam then submit them. These will not be live interviews, though applicants will be expected to treat them as such and take into account their environment and self-presentation.

Assessment Centre: This is the final step of the process. In the New Year, the applicants will be invited to an all-day assessment centre at one of our sites. The day will consist of a series of group and individual exercises and is designed to help QinetiQ determine both the candidates technical abilities as well as their team working skills.

Offers: The offers will be sent out once all the assessment centres have taken place. Applicants who have been made an offer will be expected to start in September, though they may be invited to an open day beforehand to meet their future employer.