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Software Modelling Level 6 Higher Degree Apprenticeship – Stevenage and Bristol

Closing date
22 Jan 2024

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Start Date
24 months+

Job Details

MBDA is a leading defence organisation that is proud to support our Armed Forces in protecting our nations. We collaborate with governments to achieve a shared goal of defending our freedom.

Salary: £18,000 plus a £3,000 joining bonus

Closing date for this role is midnight on Monday 22nd January

What we can offer you:

Fully funded qualification starting in September 2024
Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals and free car parking
Fully supported learning and development programme
Flexible working
25 days annual leave (plus up to 15 days flexi leave) and additional study leave for exams
Working pattern:

Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working, but this will depend on project requirements and the need for access to specific site facilities.

The opportunity

System modelling is a vital tool used to ensure MBDA provides reliable and cost efficient weapon systems to our customers!

We build a variety of dynamic system performance models, embedded systems and real time models for MBDA products. Our models are developed and used extensively throughout the product lifecycle, from feasibility through to service support. When used internally our performance models allow our system designers to estimate performance which they can use to guide the product design. For our customer, these models provide a method of verifying system performance, whilst reducing reliance on prohibitively expensive testing and trials. Our real time models contribute to training environments for pilots and provide numerous engineering testing capabilities. Once the product is in service, the customer continues to use our models to understand the systems and assist with operator training.

Models of modern weapon systems consist of a large number of automated subsystems integrated together to provide the overall capability. This provides unique challenges when:

Developing accurate system models that are both large in scale and highly sophisticated with many interdependencies.
Developing lower fidelity models designed to run at real time whilst maintaining an accurate representation of the weapon system.
As a model developer this means you will often encounter new and exciting challenges which will require you to apply intuition and innovation to optimally tackle!

You will learn how to build simulation software in programming languages/environments such as:

Mathworks (MATLAB, Simulink and Stateflow)
Our teams implement Agile working practices and dynamic working across multiple projects to meet demand, aided by the use of collaborative tools. We work closely with other departments and companies to integrate subsystem models and design data. From these interactions you'll gain a broad understanding of each subsystem that makes up the weapon, and how the system architecture integrates the subsystems to provide an overall capability.

This role is best suited to those interested in mathematical modelling and programming, with a passion for solving complex problems within highly technical teams.

Programme Structure

You will study towards a BSc (Hons) degree in Digital and Technology Solutions Software Engineer pathway, at either MK:U Cranfield University (if based at Stevenage) or University Centre Weston (if based at Bristol), which we will fully funded by MBDA over four years. Course delivery is a blend of virtual and face to face.

This apprenticeship programme contains one virtual study day a week with the university and the remainder of the working week is spent in rotational placements round the Simulation & Modelling departments. You will gain vast experience on multiple projects and develop diverse abilities to complete tasks. An exception to this structure is that at the start and end of each module, you will spend three days learning on site at university.

Placements outside the department are also encouraged for our apprentices to gain knowledge of the wider business.

Find more details about the Stevenage course here:

Find more details about the Bristol course here:

What we're looking for from you:

This role has specific qualification and subject criteria so please make sure you carefully check your eligibility against this criteria before applying. We will not be able to consider applications from anyone that does not meet the following two requirements:

1) 120 UCAS points achieved through any of the following:

3 B's or ABC at A Level including Maths or Computing/Computer Science.
T level in Engineering or Computing at Merit
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at a minimum grade of DDM in a Maths, Science or Engineering subject (Engineering and Science must provide evidence of completing Further Maths module)
2) 5 x GCSES including Maths & English Language & Science/Technology at Grade 9 – 4

Please note: We look at entry criteria based on your top three full A Levels or equivalent qualifications (BTEC/T Level). We do not include UCAS points gained from an Extended Project Qualification. Additionally, as an employer we set our own entry criteria based on the requirements of this role. This means that the criteria above can differ from the university/college standard.

Our Business

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

Please Note: MBDA UK Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.


A leading company in the defence industry, we collaborate across Europe to develop cutting-edge defence capabilities that keep our nation and its allies safe. What we work together to achieve is important. And
it gives everyone the opportunity to become the best at what they do – from software and mechanical engineering to finance and business management. As a graduate or apprentice on one of our structured programmes, you’ll become part of a highly skilled defence community and well supported to sharpen both your expertise and your thinking.

We’re recognised as one of the UK’s Best Places to Work (Glassdoor, 2022) and were awarded Gold
status by the 5% Club regarding workplace learning. That’s due in part to our world-class training and development. With us, you’ll have the chance to work with innovative technology and inspiring colleagues. You’ll also benefit from exposure across our hugely diverse organisation.

This is a rare chance to work with and learn from industry leaders, technical experts and bold thinkers at the very start of your career – so that you can shape its direction along pathways you’re passionate about. Explore more and join us.


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