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Systems Engineering Level 6 Higher Degree Apprenticeship 2023

BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions

About us 

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

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Our Systems Engineers love to bring things together. Without the work that they do, our entire weapon system wouldn't do what it needed to do, when it is needed most.

Our products need many elements to make them work, many departments to make those elements function as best they can, and forward thinking systems engineers to bring together these elements and functions. This ensures that our products are delivered to our customers to the high standards that they have come to know us for.

What is the opportunity?

This apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn how weapon systems work, perform, and communicate with each other, and to understand how we take products from feasibility through to development and then to delivery.

Through this four year programme you'll be building up knowledge and contributing to teams working on products at any stage of the product lifecycle – building up your knowledge to become a future team leader or technical specialist. We'll help you shape the career that you want.

On any given day you could be involved in Design work, Future Concepts, Testing, Verification and Validation activities or supporting trials. The team work with technical specialists in multiple areas of the business, and we need to be comfortable with working with lots of people, but also lots of detail – often of a highly technical nature.

Programme Structure

You will study for a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions at Weston College fully funded by MBDA. From day one of joining, you'll attend college 1 day per week of your working week and study will be face to face.

This four-year scheme will be spent supporting either the System Analysis or System Design Weapon Systems Function, each of which consists of multiple departments and areas of specialism.

Each rotation within the function will last 6 months so you'll get a great opportunity to truly understand how that team works.  You will also have the opportunity to complete rotations outside of this function, so in other areas of MBDA.

All teams work closely together across a variety of different areas and stages of the product lifecycle, meaning our apprentices get the opportunity to work in exciting and varied roles.  Depending on projects we are working on and which phase of the product lifecycle, your placements could be in:

  • Weapon Systems
  • Algorithms & Performance
  • Network Communications
  • Command and Control
  • Software Engineering
  • Cyber
  • Trials
  • Weapon System Simulation & Experimentation

There will also be the opportunity to complete software related placements during your apprenticeship.

At the end of your apprenticeship you will move into one of the departments within System Analysis or System Design Weapon Systems in a full time position.

Due to the variety of work, and teams we work with, this role would suit anyone with a keen interest in Maths or Physics.

Entry Criteria

This role has specific qualification level and subject criteria - please make sure you carefully check your eligibility against this criteria as we cannot consider applications from anyone that does not meet the following requirements:

  • 5 x GCSES Grade 9 – 4 including Maths and English language and Science / Technology

In addition to:

  • 120 UCAS Points

Achieved through:

  • Alevels: 3 x B's (or ABC) including Maths or Computing


  • BTEC Lv3 Extended Diploma minimum DDM in Computing / IT related subject


  • T-Level at Merit or Distinction in a Computing subject

Salary, Benefits and Start Date

  • £18,000 salary plus £3,000 joining bonus
  • Company Bonus Scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Access to range of employee discounts including Dining and Lifestyle discounts subsidised gym membership and more
  • Study leave
  • Programme starts September 2023

Why choose us?

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We're here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK's work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

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Job ID Number: R10757
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £18,000 salary plus £3,000 joining bonus + benefits
  • Bristol
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