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Keeping our country safe

MI5's mission is to keep the country safe. For more than a century we have worked to protect our people from danger whether it be from terrorism or damaging espionage by hostile states.

MI5 currently employs around 4,000 people. Around 40% of staff are women, just over half are under 40 years old, 8% are from black or ethnic minority backgrounds and 3% have a disability.

At any time, several hundred staff may work in MI5 on secondment or attachment from other government departments and agencies.

Staff roles cover a number of areas including investigations, translation, data analysis, technology, surveillance, communications, information management, protective security, administration, building services and catering.

MI5’s headquarters are at Thames House, a Grade II listed building situated only a few hundred yards from the Houses of Parliament in London. We also have several regional offices and a headquarters in Northern Ireland.

Graduate careers at MI5

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 challenging two-year programmes develop your skills in a supportive and collaborative environment, putting you at the heart of MI5’s investigations.

Our graduate starting salaries are £30,490, rising to £32,963 after the first year. At the higher level starting salaries are £36,359.

Intelligence Officer Development Programme (IODP)

Most of our graduates join our Intelligence Officer Development Programme (IODP) from a range of degree disciplines. Intelligence Officers run MI5’s investigations into the threats we face, and the role is challenging and rewarding. Our structured two year programme covers the first part of this career path and gives you hands on experience of working with intelligence and learning how we investigate, before taking you on to our Foundation Investigative Training Course.

The IODP is a structured two year programme designed to teach you about MI5 investigations and give you the confidence to run them. New entrants either complete two postings of one year's duration, or one posting of two years. These initial roles are designed to develop key skills relevant to intelligence work.

Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme (I&DADP)

Graduates interested in a specialist career in data analysis can join our Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme (I&DADP). At MI5, we collect data that is complex and often incomplete.  Interpreting this is vital to the success of our investigations; therefore we have a dedicated team of data analyst experts.  Our structured two year programme covers the first part of this career path, placing you at the heart of MI5 investigations and training you up to use advanced data analytical techniques.

Technology Graduate Development Programme (TGDP)

Our Technology Graduate Development Programme (TGDP) offers an exciting opportunity to work in a unique and intellectually challenging environment, where technology plays a crucial and increasingly strategic role. Whatever your chosen business area, you will be contributing to protecting the UK from threats to national security, including terrorism and espionage.


TGDP is a structured two-year programme that gives you the experience, knowledge and skills you need to be an effective technology professional in our pioneering IT department. The programme has two streams - Business and Specialist.

Discover more about working at MI5 and our graduate programmes HERE.