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Join our Intelligence Officer Development Programme

At MI5, we protect the UK from all sorts of threats – from terrorism, through to cyber-attacks. So our Intelligence Officers are incredibly important. In fact, they play a vital role in our mission to keep the country safe.

Location: London

What you will be doing

As you can imagine, it’s one of the most challenging, stimulating and rewarding careers. And it’s a real chance for you to have a tangible impact on the UK’s security.

Of course, this role’s incredibly unique, so you’ll need some training to boost your skills. That’s why you’ll join our Intelligence Officer Development Programme. You’ll start in a specific area such as warrantry, legal or analysis. Wherever you join, you’ll learn how to confidently provide intelligence.

After two years, you’ll be ready to take on the Foundation Investigative Training (FIT) course. If you pass this, you’ll become a fully qualified Intelligence Officer. From here, you’ll move into one of our core investigative areas. This might be in international or Northern Ireland related terrorism, espionage or hostile foreign states. You can then use everything you’ve learnt to set investigative strategies and make your own recommendations. You’ll also get the chance to collaborate with other teams and the Police to prevent real threats. Beyond this, you’ll then move into another business-critical role within the wider Intelligence Officer family.

So put your potential to real use and protect the UK.

To find out more, please visit our website.

What you will have

As an excellent communicator, you will work effectively with others. And with impressive organisational skills, you’ll be able to hit every deadline. Of course, we’ll offer all of the support you need. But thanks to your problem-solving abilities, you can make sound decisions and trust your own judgement. After all, this is all about spotting the details while being able to see the bigger picture. You’ll also need to have (or be expecting) at least a 2:2 degree in any discipline, or have equivalent and relevant work experience.

MI5 is an Equal Opportunities employer, committed to reflecting the society we protect. Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit. We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.

We particularly welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, candidates with a disability and LGBT+ candidates.


To be eligible to apply, you must meet out residency criteria. You must be born or a naturalised British Citizen and one of your parents must be a British Citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside of the UK. You will nonetheless be considered if you have, for example, served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents.

You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress you application. 

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are MI5

A career at MI5 is like no other. Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like nowhere else.

Talented individuals from a range of backgrounds join our graduate development programmes. What other jobs put you at the cutting edge of news events, help stop terror attacks on the street of our cities, protect our secrets and prevent cyber-attacks? Our programmes develop your skills in a supportive and collaborative environment, putting you at the heart of MI5’s investigations. And whichever programme you choose, you will be directly contributing to keeping the country safe.

A common misconception is that there is no work-life balance at MI5. However due to the nature of our work you can’t take it home with you, so when you leave the office you really do leave your work behind you. We’ll make sure you have all the training you need and the opportunity for continuous development throughout your career. You’ll have access to a wide variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth. MI5 offers a very competitive starting salary for graduates starting from c£30,000 with a guaranteed increase after one year. Along with an attractive pension scheme, and an interest-free season ticket loan, we offer many more excellent benefits.

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