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Undergraduate and graduate programmes

Thinking about joining one of our undergraduate schemes or graduate programme? Need to clarify a thing or two? You should find most of the answers you’re looking for here. But if not, feel free to contact us.

What undergraduate and graduate schemes are available?

For gap year students

Scholar Scheme
A unique opportunity to get valuable work experience and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. Includes a 30-week paid placement in one of our offices, money to go travelling after, plus paid placements and a bursary every year you’re at University. Find out more

For first years

Spring into Deloitte
This is a two-day course, jam-packed with business games, skills sessions and networking with Deloitte people, from our graduates to our partners. Find out more

For second years

Summer Vacation Scheme
A three- to six-week summer placement. This is a fantastic way to get up close to the world of business and find out what excites and inspires you. You’ll also get a good idea of whether Deloitte is the firm for you and could even go back to university with a job offer in your pocket. Find out more

One-year Industrial Placements
Exposure to complex businesses. Insights into major sectors. Experience of whole industries. And world-class training, alongside our graduate intake. You can expect all of this on an industrial placement with Deloitte. You could even go back to university with a job offer guaranteed. Find out more

For graduates and final year students

Graduate Programme
This is a permanent job with Deloitte that comes with world-class training. From the moment you join, you’ll be treated the same as your more experienced colleagues, valued for the unique contribution you make and the fresh ideas you bring. You’ll work directly with clients on projects that have a very real and meaningful impact on their success. You’ll also develop the kind of rounded business skills – and where appropriate, a recognised professional qualification – that will serve you well regardless of where your future takes you. Find out more

Not sure which programme would be right for you? Find your fit

When and how do I apply?

It depends on the scheme.

Applications for our graduate programme, Summer Vacation Scheme, Industrial Placements and Scholar Scheme open in September each year. While Spring into Deloitte opens in November. For current details check our key dates page.

For all programmes you’ll need to apply online and complete one of more stages of our selection process.

Where will I work?

It depends on the scheme you go for. Many will be London-based, but opportunities are available in 23 offices across the UK.

What area of the business will I work in?

Like everything we do at Deloitte, we recruit differently. Rather than fit people in and label them according to our ‘service lines’ (the services we offer clients), our undergraduate and graduate programmes reflect the attributes and skills needed for a particular kind of role.

Say you apply for a job in IT, but you’re supporting the tax team, we’ll train you in technology, not tax advising. We call these ‘job families’ and there are nine you could join as a graduate trainee. We’ll help you decide which would suit you best when you apply. 

  Graduate Programme Scholar Scheme Spring into Deloitte Summer Vacation Scheme Industrial Placements 
Audit & Finance Y Y Y Y Y
Business & Financial Advisory Y     Y Y
Cyber Y        
Governance, Risk & Regulation Y Y Y Y  
Human Capital Y       Y
Real Estate Y     Y  
Strategy & Operations Y Y   Y Y
Tax Consulting Y Y Y Y Y
Technology Y   Y   Y

What qualifications do I need?

How you think and solve problems is just as important to us as your academic achievements. But you’ll need a certain level of education to show you’re able to study for your professional qualifications.

You’ll need to check the minimum academic requirements for your programme before you apply.

How can I search for current vacancies?

That’s easy: simply explore our latest undergraduate and graduate opportunities here.

What professional qualifications are available?

Again, this depends on your role and programme. Some of the options include:


Audit & Assurance

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Business & Financial Advisory

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA)
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)
  • Corporate Finance Qualification (CFQ)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales certificate (CFAB)
  • ICA International Diploma in Anti Money Laundering


  • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
  • Professional IT qualifications

Governance, Risk & Regulation

  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) 
  • Prince2
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Apprenticeship
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) Apprenticeship

Strategy & Operations

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA)
  • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFOA)

Real Estate

  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)


  • ATT (Association of Taxation Technicians) & CTA (Chartered Taxation Advisors) tax pathway
  • ACA & CTA joint programme leading to both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) and the Chartered
  • Institute of Taxation (CIOT) qualifications


  • Professional IT qualifications
  • The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)

Discover more about learning & development

Why join Deloitte?

Good question. There are so many reasons to join one of the largest professional services firms in the world, with all the opportunities for progression and development that brings.

Whatever you desire for your career, you’re sure to find it here. You’ll get to work with major clients on headline-making projects, alongside great people. An employer that trusts you to work how you perform best, and positively encourages your different way of thinking. You’ll also find a firm that has a clear purpose: to make a positive impact every day, for our clients, our people and society.

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How’s the social life?

Deloitte is well-known as a friendly place to work, with sociable people, and loads going on outside work. While ‘official’ Deloitte activities include team Friday drinks and seasonal events, like Christmas parties. You can join all sorts of clubs too, from football to the Deloitte choir. Find out more when you join the firm.

On top of this, we encourage our people to join network groups, which are open to all. These include various religious groups, a Women’s network and GLOBE (LGBT). These support networks get together for regular meetings and social activities.

How long does the selection process take?

The selection process timing varies depending on the area you have applied to. We will keep in touch throughout the process and update you on the progress. There may be a period of time during the process that you are on hold, but please do not be concerned by this, as it's a normal part of our new process.

Can I re-apply if I’m rejected?

Yes, you can re-apply.

If you’re rejected at the online stage, you’ll need to wait 12 months from the date you submitted your application.

If you’re rejected at assessment or interview stage, you’ll need to wait 6 months from the date you submitted your application. And you must apply for a new intake year. For example, if you applied to start in 2018, you can’t apply for another position starting in 2018. You’ll need to wait for applications to open for next year.

If you withdrew your application at any stage there are no restrictions on re-applying.

Do you run any student events?

Yes, loads. All year round and all across the country.

We think it’s great to meet some of the people you’ll work with, and get a personal experience of the firm before you apply. Our student events range from University careers fairs to immersive Insight days

Find out more about student events

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