Here at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) we harness science and technology to protect our nation. We do this by bringing together the best ideas in sometimes the most unexpected ways. It means our work is often sensitive or international in nature.

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Over 5,400 students have followed this employer on Gradcracker.
Undergrad intake: 12+
Graduate intake: 25+
We work with the MoD and over 40 other government departments and bodies
We deliver our work through nine different Science & Technology capabilities
To help test infantry kit, we’re employing a state-of-the-art robotic mannequin that can run, sit and even sight a weapon
Dstl has joined forces with industry to develop the UK’s first ceramic armour development centre of excellence
Dstl scientists provided evidence to UK and international Governments chemical weapons use in Syria in 2013
Our scientists have developed a synthetic ‘skin’ that could be used to test decontamination procedures

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Inside Britain's secret weapons research facility

As Porton Down marks its 100th anniversary, what really goes on inside Britain's most secretive and controversial military research base? Porton Down - also known as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - is where much of our top-secret military research is concentrated. It has a budget of £500m a year and employs more than 3,000 scientists. It is the most controversial, most misunderstood and, some say, most-feared scientific institution in Britain. Though many will...

Jun 28, 2016

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