science & engineering


Science & Engineering

On the Science and Engineering Fast Stream you’ll help ensure the best science and engineering underpins government policy, across a wide range of areas.


3-4 years






Society faces many challenges where science can provide solutions. You'll be responsible for making sure that the best science and engineering advice is applied to government policy and decision-making.


You'll apply your specialist skills and knowledge to the development and application of policies, acting as an expert customer, developing an evidence base and undertaking systematic analysis.


Science and Engineering Fast Streamers work on issues as diverse as climate change, health science, defence and security, energy technology, and transport innovation.



  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, 2:1 or higher in any degree subject including degree apprenticeships
  • And hold a doctorate or masters in a biological, physical, mathematical science or engineering subject or be a chartered engineer or scientist registered by one of the professional institutions licensed by the Engineering Council or by the Science Council.

What will you experience?

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By the time you complete the scheme, you’ll be as comfortable in a policy or operational delivery role as you are in a technical environment. This will give you a wide choice of career options within the Civil Service, and the flexibility to switch between different types of roles.


Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k. Not only that, your work across postings will have made a real difference to people’s lives.

What do they say

Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

You’ll receive the same core training as Generalist fast streamers. This includes:


  • A mixture of face-to-face training courses and e-learning packages.
  • Development opportunities specifically for the Science and Engineering Fast Stream.
  • These aim to provide additional technical skills and broaden your understanding of science and engineering in the Civil Service.

Up to £55k

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.

What benefits will you enjoy


You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.


Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, a professional qualification, flexible working, season ticket loan, sports and social activities, childcare vouchers and more.

Application process


Online tests

The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions: Situational judgement questions.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.


Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to complete an Application Form and this will be sifted by the scheme owner. If successful at the sift, then you will be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.

We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.

You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:




Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.

The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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