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The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is responsible for leading on the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) science and technology programme.


Dstl's purpose is to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the United Kingdom. DSTL employs almost 5,000 people, who work together to deliver new and improved technology and systems. Employees include scientists, engineers, psychologists and mathematicians and people from a range of other disciplines.

Dstl roles include:

Dstl has three main sites within the UK and has staff seconded into many organisations abroad. Dstl has nine priority science and technology capabilities:

Rewards 2017-18

DSTL are offering a remote work experience opportunity, which will allow two students to undertake some significant research on the following brief:

"Planning Research into Government Efficiency

Each year government ministers talk about the savings that have been made within their departments. There is continual pressure to deliver ‘more for less’ but the reality is that this is very difficult to do without changing the way that projects are planned and designed.

This activity involves some important thinking to prepare the way for a campaign of research to understand what can be done to help government officials enhance their thinking style and the tools that they use to plan and design projects.

Through participating in this work students will gain considerable insight into the way that government projects are initiated by ministers, planned (usually by civil servants) and delivered. The students will work closely with Prof Martin Parr who has led many strategic government projects and delivers many lectures on government efficiency and evidence based decision making."





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2016-17: In addition to a skills session, DSTL offered 4 remote work experience placements focused on assessing the decision making processes in the MoD!

2015-16: DSTL delivered a skills session on their systems and technology work.

2014-15: DSTL is provided a workshop for students on: 'The Application of Innovation and Science into the Security Sector’.


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Last Updated: 23/01/2018