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Cyber Analyst Summer School Ref. 1036

Manchester, Birmingham

GCHQ is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for talented students to attend a six-week Cyber Analyst Summer School at one of two locations across the UK

•    Manchester
•    Birmingham

This is an exciting opportunity for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

If you enjoy solving difficult problems, have a real drive for learning and a curiosity about how technology affects all of our lives, this could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!  

As part of a group of talented, like-minded students, you’ll get to really understand how the internet works, how to stay secure on the internet, and how GCHQ uses it to protect and serve our nation - the public, government and our armed services.

We will offer you a tailored intensive programme of interactive and fun development, designed to build your cyber analyst skills under the guidance of cutting edge trainers from industry, plus experienced GCHQ staff.  

The six-week summer school will use a range of briefings, interactive sessions and group challenges, including experiential ‘real life’ exercises to help you apply your new-found knowledge in a very practical way. This is really a great way to learn, develop new skills, meet new people and build future opportunities.


The minimum educational requirement is:
•    You must be on track for a minimum 2:2 Honours degree in any subject
•    You must be graduating by 2018

We are looking for students from non-technical areas, or those who do not have much computing or Communications Technology knowledge already.

If you’re undertaking a computing degree, you will probably enjoy and benefit more from our Cyber Insights Summer School.

You must also be:
•    Willing to sign the Official Secrets Act and undergo security clearance
•    A British national
•    Resident in the UK for 5 years
•    Available for 6 weeks from 10 July 2017 or from 17 July 2017

If you are successful on the course, we’ll offer you the opportunity of a permanent role after you graduate.  However, applying for this summer school does not place you under any obligation or commitment to us.

All applicants are encouraged to read GCHQ’s Recruitment Process criteria and understand our policy around drug usage found at especially if you are considering further work experience or permanent employment with us in the future.

GCHQ is a diverse and inclusive employer: we recognise the real value of individual differences and embrace them so that everyone can be themselves at work, and therefore able to give their very best.


You will be required to undergo a staged selection process including:
•    Sift
•    Online testing
•    Assessment Centre (half day)


There will be a payment of approximately £250 a week (based on a 5-day week attendance), paid in arrears, plus accommodation will be provided.

Please ensure you indicate your first choice of location in your application (unless you have no preference).  If your favourite location becomes oversubscribed, GCHQ may offer you a place at the alternative location.


Applications must be completed by 20 February 2017

The Assessment Centre takes place w/c 3 April 2017 in Gloucester

One summer school will start on 10 July 2017 for 6 weeks, the other summer school will start on 17 July 2017

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.