UK Government
work experience
Expires18 days

University Bursary

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Earn £4,000 per year, whilst studying any degree subject and receive paid summer training with tech employers

Cyber security. It’s one of the most needed industries in our modern world. And because society relies more and more on technology every day, that need is constantly growing. Governments and businesses alike are searching for people with all kinds of skills – coders, analysts, entrepreneurs, writers, project managers and more – all coming together to protect our digital world.

That’s why our programme helps university students get the training they need to join a generation of future specialists. With paid summer work experience across government and industry, £4k of funding per year to help you at university, and training to help tech beginners level up, it’s time to discover the CyberFirst university bursary.

Who runs CyberFirst?

CyberFirst was founded by GCHQ and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), as an initiative to help young people all over the UK to learn how to protect our digital world. With involvement from some of the biggest tech employers and household name businesses, we offer brilliant opportunities to train in one of today’s most-sought-after specialisms.

What’s on offer?

CyberFirst are on the look-out for hundreds of UK students. You can be studying for any degree subject, at any UK university, as long as you’re either starting your degree or have at least two years of full-time undergraduate study remaining in September 2021. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • £4,000 bursary per year of your degree, supporting your studies
  • Paid summer training with brilliant cyber security and tech employers
  • Help on graduation to place you in a graduate-level cyber security role within UK national security, government or industry

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What we are looking for

First things first – you don’t need to be a programmer. We do look for coders too, but there are so many more skills involved in cyber security. So what do you need, exactly?

  • UK national or dual national status (subject to security clearance)
  • At least BBB (or predicted) in your A Levels (or equivalent to 120 UCAS points) in any subject – visit the UCAS Tariff calculator to see how many points your qualifications are worth
  • A GCSE in maths at six or above (or equivalent)
  • An aptitude for computers, how they work and how to secure them – and the willingness to learn more
  • Dedication, team spirit, and the drive to protect our technology

Plus either of the following:

  • You have or expect to have a place on an undergraduate degree or integrated Masters starting from September 2021, in any subject, at a UK university
  • You’re already studying for an undergraduate degree or integrated Masters, with a minimum of two years left of your course from September 2021, and you’re on course for at least a 2:1 in your grades.

That’s it. As long as you meet the criteria above, we want to hear from you. Whatever your background, whatever subjects you’ve studied – as long as you’ve got potential and a curiosity about tech, find your calling and join us.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

UK wide
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 9 November 2020

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Closing date:  9 November 2020

Expires18 days

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