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Ordnance Survey graduate scheme

Build a career with the Ordnance Survey graduate scheme.

Our graduate scheme provides opportunities to develop your core technical expertise; to be our future technical experts, consultants and leaders. 

You can make a difference.


What will I be doing on the graduate scheme?

You will be embedded in our geospatial teams through a number of placements, where the focus will depend on your area of interest. For some this may be centred around a specific geo data science technical capability, while others may have a broader series of placements ranging from geospatial operations to data analysis and customer engagement.

Your programme may also include the opportunity to spend time with some of our geospatial partners within the UK, for example in wider Government bodies or with our commercial partners. As you develop and grow your technical expertise, we will work together to identify where your skills and aspirations lie.

Some of the projects you may be involved with include:

  • Open data
  • Smart cities
  • Housing and transport
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Autonomous vehicles

Who is OS looking for?

Successful graduates at Ordnance Survey don’t just have great qualifications, they have the right mindset to make a difference; you’re motivated by doing the right thing and understand that it’s not just about what you do but how you do it.

As it's a technical programme, we particularly welcome applications from people studying the disciplines below – but we are open to hearing from people with a passion for what we do and a technical aptitude whatever your field.

  • Geospatial science (i.e. geomatics, geodetics)
  • Data science and analytics
  • Computer science (particularly machine learning and artificial intelligence)
  • Data visualisation (including gamification)

Where will I be based?

You will be based primarily at our head office in Southampton, but your project work may see you working throughout the UK (and potentially internationally).


Applications are now closed for our September 2020 intake but keep an eye out for future opportunities.