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Science & Engineering

On the Science and Engineering Fast Stream you’ll help shape government policy and decision-making using the best scientific and engineering knowledge and techniques


3 years






Society faces many challenges where science can provide solutions. As a Science and Engineering Fast Streamer you could be working on issues as diverse as climate change, health science, defence and security, energy technology, and transport innovation. You'll be responsible for making sure that the best science and engineering advice is applied to the government’s work.

Whatever your scientific or engineering background, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge to the development and application of policies, translating often complex scientific evidence into justifiable, clear recommendations for senior-level decision makers.

Most importantly, the training and opportunities you will be offered will shape you to become future government leaders in science or engineering. You will exit the programme as confident science advisors, advocating for the value that science and engineering brings to the government’s work.


  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • You need, or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher in any degree subject including degree apprenticeships
  • And hold a doctorate or masters in any science or engineering discipline, or be a chartered engineer or scientist registered by one of the professional institutions licensed by the Engineering Council or by the Science Council. For Integrated Masters you need, or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher.
  • We expect you to have secured your MSc or PHD by the time you start the programme.

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.

Starting salary is £28k and if you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.

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Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

You’ll receive the same core training as Generalist Fast Streamers alongside specialist training unique to the Science and Engineering Fast Stream. This specialist learning is linked to the Government Science & Engineering Profession’s career framework, and includes:

  • A mixture of face-to-face training courses and e-learning packages.
  • Excellent links with external industry partners and academia.
  • Bespoke training opportunities aimed at addressing your specific learning needs, enabling you to 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


Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.

Application process

Step 1 - Online Assessments

Online assessments

The online assessments consist of Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires, Work Based Scenarios and a video interview.

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

Step 2 - Assessment centre

Assessment centre

If you pass the online assessments, you’ll be invited to undertake a half day assessment centre. This will be conducted virtually on line. The Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) reflects some of the key elements of a Fast Stream role and will consist of a leadership exercise, a group exercise and a written exercise. Information will be presented via an app that you will be able to access remotely.

Step 3 - Final selection

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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