About DSTL

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is all about innovation and multidisciplinary creativity. We’re responsible for designing, developing and applying the very latest in science and technology to protect the UK.

We’re the home of unexpected science.

Like creating digital honeypots that replicate petrol pump systems to discover hackers’ methods, our ideas and solutions can come from anywhere. In fact, we use our imaginations to harness existing knowledge in new and unexpected ways. And we do it by turning everything on its head, discovering new possibilities for technological breakthroughs.

Honeypot Animation

Dstl graduates created highly realistic fake online systems called Honeypots to tempt hackers and discover their methods to help fight future cyber-attacks. Watch our video to find out more!

We’re here to help protect the nation

By working with other government departments, universities and businesses, we develop battle-winning technologies that support UK military operations - now and into the future. We provide the UK Government with specialist science and technology research, advice and analysis – much of which is operationally critical with the potential to save many lives. It means the majority of the work we do is fascinating, state-of-the-art stuff.

We work with the people with the best ideas

At Dstl, you’ll find a workforce of respected scientists and professionals who specialise in many different Science, Technology and related disciplines. Our team also collaborates on research and projects with some of the most talented professionals and academics in the world.

We’re committed to the next generation

As a member of the 5% club, we’re committed to ensuring that 5% of our workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on a structured programme over the next five years.

Find new and surprising ways to solve problems.

Dstl offers the chance to work on mind-blowing projects in a truly unique environment. It’s an inspiring setting where you can develop wide-ranging skills and experience while learning from some of the brightest minds in the UK.


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