Defence Equipment & Support, Defence Engineering and Science Group

United Kingdom

About Defence Equipment & Support, Defence Engineering and Science Group

About us

We are proud to offer graduates the opportunity to join what is probably the very best graduate development scheme for engineers and scientists in the UK: The Ministry of Defence, Defence Engineering and Science Graduate Scheme.

The UK needs modern battle winning forces to defend its interests and to contribute to strengthening international peace and security. Cutting edge engineering and science is a critical component in supporting this effort.

The DESG graduate scheme is a carefully structured but flexible training programme; enabling each graduate to get the most from a series of work placements (that includes placements with private industry). Through this unique scheme each graduate is able to further their professional development - making it possible for them to gain tremendous engineering or science experience and to achieve chartered status within just four years.

The Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) is the team of thousands of engineers and scientists working within the Ministry of Defence, and this scheme leads to exciting engineering careers within the Defence Equipment and Support organisation – a key part of the Ministry of Defence responsible for equipping and supporting the UK Armed Forces.


It is because of our requirement to safeguard the UK and its interests that the range and depth of the development opportunities that we offer are exceptional - making us a market leader. Moreover, we believe that the quality of our training programme, our accelerated path to chartership, personal mentoring and huge investment in each graduate sets us apart from competitors in the engineering and science field.

Opportunities & Training

Our prestigious graduate scheme is accredited by: IMechE, IET, IMarEST, RINA, RAeS and IOP and has been an industry leader for more than thirty years, launching hundreds of graduates into satisfying careers in engineering and science.

Our Team/Staff

The DESG is the community of thousands of professional engineers and scientists, and the DESG Graduate Scheme leads to careers in the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation - working on projects that are fascinating, valuable, unique and sometimes highly classified.

DE&S is a bespoke trading entity and arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence - equipping and supporting the UK armed forces with state of the art technology managing a vast range of complex projects to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively in their defence mission.


Various locations across the U.K.


The DESG Scheme invests very heavily in your professional training and development

  • Absorbing professional work
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • The possibility of international travel
  • Pensions
  • Generous annual leave and privilege holidays, 
  • Sports and social opportunities and much more...


Your key over-arching responsibility with the DE&S will be to ensure that equipment is safe, and remains safe through life taking account of changes to the equipment and its environment.

To perform this role successfully, a DE&S Engineer must have the capacity to understand the complex engineering that underpins the equipment that it procures and supports. The DESG Graduate Scheme will support you as you train to gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to develop this capacity and reach your full potential as a professional Engineer within the DE&S.

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