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The Application Process

Below is an overview of the application process, what to expect and how to prepare.

Who can apply

You'll only be considered for a role on the NTU Graduate Development Programme if you are either:

  • a current NTU undergraduate in your final year of study, or;
  • an NTU undergraduate who graduated within the last two years, or;
  • an NTU postgraduate who also obtained their undergraduate from NTU within the last two years.

Grade requirements can be found on the Job Description document for each role. Person specifications detail the qualities of the person we feel is suited to a given role.

Individuals who are eligible for a Graduate visa, having previously studied in the UK are welcome to apply. Confirmation of appointment will be subject to attaining the Graduate visa.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UK Visas & Immigration to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore, we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. Regrettably we cannot fund Graduate visa applications.

For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Applying to the programme

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There is a diverse range of roles available. Take some time to look through the different roles and their job descriptions to find the role or roles best suited to you. You can apply for multiple roles but if you do so, ensure you tailor your application to match the specific role.

Outside of the entry requirements stated in the ‘Who can apply’ section of this webpage, we welcome applicants of any degree discipline, experience, age and background. We look for talent and potential so whether you have years of experience or no work experience at all, show us your motivation for applying to the role and why you’d be a good fit.

How to prepare

NTU’s Employability team provide an array of helpful resources to give students the support they need to secure a job after graduation. You can find information on how to write a perfect application, how to stand out in an assessment centre, and how to be successful in a job interview on their online platform, Employability Online.

What to expect

The Graduate Development Programme application is a four-stage process. Find out more about each individual stage below.

Stage 1: online application

You can find the online application for your preferred job role on its specific job page. The online application consists of a supporting statement where you should demonstrate your motivation for applying to the role and your competence and capability to do the role. We operate an anonymous hiring process so please do not include your name in your supporting statement.

You should refer to the Job Description and Person Specification found on the role’s job page when writing your application. You are welcome to apply for multiple roles if you wish.

Stage 2: Online group assessment task

If your online application is successful, you will be invited to take part in an online group assessment task. This assessment will be held over Microsoft Teams and will take no longer than 30 minutes. You will be assessed on competencies that relate to all the roles.

These online tasks will take place during the week commencing 4 July. They will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You will be sent the task in advance.

Stage 3: interview

If you're successful in the online group assessment task you will be invited to an interview in the following weeks. The specific date for the interview will depend on the role and will be confirmed in due course. You must be available for the specific interview date if you wish to be considered.

You will be interviewed by up to three NTU employees, including your potential line manager. Further information on what to bring to the interview and how to prepare will be provided before the day.

Stage 4: onboarding

Hiring managers will inform you of whether you have been successful in securing the role. If you are confirmed for the role, you will have two induction days with the GDP team to get to know NTU and the other graduates on the programme. Ahead of this you’ll hear from us with everything you’ll need for your first day.

If you have any questions or queries about the application process, email the Graduate Programme Development team at and we'll be more than happy to help.

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