Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

The Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) is a bursary scheme run by the Defence Academy to provide engineering and technical graduates to the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and the MOD Civil Service via the Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL). The scheme provides academic and financial support to students alongside adventurous training and sporting opportunities with the aim of promoting personal and professional development. 

Students on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) must attend an approved partner university and will be affiliated to 1 of 4 squadrons: Taurus in Birmingham, Typhoon in Loughborough, Trojan in Newcastle and Thunderer in Southampton.  The squadrons exist to provide academic mentoring, guidance, personal development and military training skills for bursars. 

Whilst the majority of students entering DTUS have come through the Defence Sixth Form College at Welbeck it is possible to join the scheme whilst at university as a direct entrant (DE). Please contact the commanding officer at the squadron you are interested in for more details. 

What are the benefits of being a DTUS bursar?

As a DTUS bursar you will receive a £4,000 per year bursary. Whilst at university you join the Reserve Forces and receive training pay for attendance at regular drill nights and for the many weekend and vacation activities organised by your squadron. Through training pay you could earn up to £2,000 per year in addition to your bursary. You also get a guaranteed career with your chosen service once you graduate, with most bursars completing their studies in the summer to begin officer/graduate training in the autumn. The commanding officers of the squadrons hold visiting lecturer status with each university and can therefore provide support and guidance throughout your academic studies.  

What opportunities are there? 

When joining the scheme, DTUS students are expected to continue their academic study alongside attending squadron events.  Every member of the squadron is able to take part in sports and adventurous training (AT).  During the year there are AT trips including sailing, mountain biking, rock climbing, diving, skydiving, caving and skiing.  There are several exercises throughout the year that expand military knowledge and give the opportunity to develop leadership, management and communication skills.  There are also opportunities to be part of battlefield studies, visits to your chosen service and possible placements during holiday periods.