science & engineering


Science & Engineering

Help ensure the best science and engineering underpins government policy across a wide range of areas


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.


Science and Engineering Fast Streamers work on issues as diverse as climate change, bioscience policy, defence technology, transport innovation and food production.


  • You need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • You will need (or expect to have) a 2:1 or higher in any degree subject and either a doctorate or masters in a biological, physical, mathematical science or engineering subject

What will you experience?

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You'll take on a range of roles across the Civil Service, some have a substantial policy element, others are more technical in nature. This will give you access to a wide range of exciting career pathways, quite different from those found in academia and industry.


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.

What do they say

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Your progression through the programme

What you’ll learn

You’ll receive the same core training as Generalist fast streamers, which includes a mixture of face-to-face training courses and e-learning packages, as well as a 4-day induction programme before you take up your first post.

In addition, there will be a range of 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.



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.

Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k. 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.


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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