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Frequently asked questions

 Unfortunately we can’t get out to all universities, and realise that on occasion you have quick questions that you would like an immediate response to. See the list of our most common FAQs below.

Come along and meet us at one of our recruitment events or email us at [email protected].  

1.Application process

What vacancies can I apply for with my degree discipline?

We take on graduates from a broad range of degree subjects. Mostly we look for relevant course content, appropriate modules and an interest in a particular business area. We list all graduate roles on our website, along with required criteria including preferred degrees. You can find more information in our job descriptions.

What does the application process involve?

Our application process consists of the following stages: 

  • Online application form

  • Situational Judgement exercise

  • Shortlisting by hiring manager

  • An assessment centre including an individual technical/written exercise, a group activity and a competency-based interview

How do I submit my online application form?

Visit and select your degree discipline to bring up relevant vacancies.

You’ll find a link to apply at the bottom of each job description. 

The pre-screening questions will need to be completed before you can submit your application to the Early Careers Resourcing Team.

When is your deadline for applications?

Applications for our 2019 intake are now open. You’ll find deadlines for specific roles included in the job description and within the advertisement on our website. We process applications as soon as we receive them and so we strongly advise candidates to submit early applications. Assessment centres will begin in December 2018 and run through to March 2019. Where possible we will advertise assessment centre dates as part of the job description and we ask that you keep these dates free.

How many application forms can I submit?

You can only complete one application during each recruitment period, so please only apply for the position that suits you best. Additional applications will be screened out.

Is my application sifted by a member of the recruitment team or an automated system?

All completed and submitted applications are sifted by a member of the Early Careers Resourcing Team. They are then reviewed at a later stage in the process by relevant members of the business.

What is the structure of the Graduate Assessment Session?

Assessment centres last roughly from 09:00 – 15:00. You’ll meet the hiring team and recent graduates, take part in an individual written/ technical exercise, a group activity and a competency-based interview. You will also meet with a member of HR or the Early Careers Resourcing Team to discuss training, development, rewards and benefits. Assessment centres may vary depending on the role, but you’ll be given more information when you’re invited to the assessment centre .

Can I claim for my travel expenses to the Graduate Assessment Session?

We’ll refund reasonable travel expenses. Details of how to claim will be provided during the assessment centre. Graduates are reimbursed up to £100 towards travel expenses and the maximum payment for placement students is £50. Please note this amount covers both accommodation and travel.

What kind of people are you looking for?

Arup graduates come from all kinds of degrees and backgrounds. If you think you’d fit our culture and ethos and are passionate about making a difference, we could have a role for you.

2. Vacancies and start date

How many Graduates do you recruit?

This year we are looking to recruit around 220 graduates across our 16 UK locations.

What vacancies are available at which location?

As we work in multidisciplinary offices, there are various roles available in each of our 16 UK locations. These locations are; Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Solihull, Whitehaven, Winchester and York.

Which roles can I apply for?

We have a wide range of graduate opportunities across the UK in many of our business areas. Download our vacancy matrix (PDF, 60KB) to see which business areas you can apply for based on your degree subject.

We regularly offer graduate opportunities across all our areas of expertise. We look for the best graduates, not only in engineering but also in a wide range of planning, management and consulting roles.

When will I be expected to start work?

Most of our graduates start work in September, after completing our Welcome Week. You can find out more about these on our Talent and Development page.

Our summer placement students start at the end of June/early July. Our industrial placements (Year in Industry) start July/August. We also take on graduates throughout the year and will try our best to meet your needs, depending on current projects and management requirements.

3. Entry requirements

What are your entry requirements?

We generally ask for a sound technical background in a relevant degree. Requirements vary from job to job, so please refer to the specific job description. All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • You should already have, or are about to graduate in, a relevant degree 

  • You should have obtained, or are predicted to obtain, a 2:1 or above (or equivalent) in a relevant degree 

  • For most of our engineering roles, we have a preference for a Master’s degree 

  • You should not have more than two years relevant post-graduate work experience, following the completion of your most recent degree. This does not include placements and year in industry courses.

Can I defer my offer?

Arup will consider deferring job offers on an individual basis; however, we ideally want you to start working with us on the agreed start date.

4. Non-EEA candidates

Do you employ Graduates requiring a Certificate of Sponsorship (work permit)?

Our graduate recruitment intake is designed to offer new graduates work experience and training over a period of years to enable them to progress to chartered membership of their respective professional body. Whilst we do our best to offer Certificate of Sponsorships from a Tier 4 to a Tier 2 visa, the success of our application is determined by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), and therefore such offers of employment are conditional upon receiving the relevant right to work unrestricted in the UK.

If we are unable to offer a Certificate of Sponsorship for a graduate vacancy, this will be noted under ‘additional information’ at the bottom of the job description.

Do you have any international vacancies?

As a leading global engineering consultancy, we have graduate vacancies spanning the globe. Please visit and click on the global region you’re interested in for more information on the vacancies in that area.

5. Disability

What do I do if I have a disability or learning difference which may affect my performance during the selection process?

You’ll get the chance to tell us about any disability or learning difference on your application form and before coming for assessment. We’ll then make any appropriate arrangements for you if you reach a further stage in the recruitment process. The information gathered during this process is only used to allow for adjustments to be made for interview, and is not considered in any other context of your application.

6. Industrial and summer placements

Do you offer work experience?

We offer a variety of paid placement opportunities each year that vary in duration. Our summer placements are usually between 4 – 8 weeks in length. Our industrial placements are usually between 8 – 12 months in length.

All summer and industrial placement vacancies will be advertised on our website from November 2018 onwards. Applications will need to be submitted online via our website. Please visit to apply. Multiple applications can be made for different placement opportunities; however, we ask that you supply only ONE document containing your CV, cover letter and a list of the modules you are currently studying.

In the meantime, we recommend that you sign up to job alerts via the following link: . This will automatically notify you of relevant roles as and when they become available.

Do you offer financial sponsorship?

We don’t provide financial sponsorship while you’re on your course; however, we do provide paid placement opportunities to university students during the holidays.

7. Training and development

What training and development will I receive?

Graduate training and development is important to us at Arup.

We expect everyone who joins us to become accredited with the most appropriate professional body and we will support you in achieving this. We have a comprehensive portfolio of training available to enhance your knowledge and skills, although most of your learning will be done on the job and through exposure to clients.

Will I receive any other form of support?

To make sure your development is on track, you’ll have access to a number of support mechanisms throughout your career with us. These include your Line Manager, Mentor, Graduate peers and work colleagues. Your HR contacts and our Graduate Development Team will also be there to assist you.

What about career progression?

As your career progresses over time, your interests may evolve and change. You may continue to develop and grow within your chosen business area or you may perhaps decide to move into a different sector (the possibility of which is dependent on business needs and suitable experience). Whatever direction you take, Arup will aim to guide and assist you in your career journey.

What can I expect to do in my first few years?

Every graduate’s experience at Arup is different, but you can expect plenty of challenges, lots of responsibility, exposure to high-profile clients, access to training and development opportunities such as secondments, site-visits and expert-led training courses.

What accredited training schemes do you offer?

We offer accredited training programmes with several professional bodies. These include but are not limited to RICS, ICE, IMechE, IET, IStructE, CIBSE, and TPS.

8. Benefits

How much holiday will I receive?

We offer a competitive salary as part of our overall graduate package. The exact figure will depend on your level of qualification, degree discipline and location.

We also offer a settling in bonus of £2,500 for all our graduates. This is paid in full along with your first month’s salary.

Additional benefits include a Flexible Benefits fund. This lets you increase the number and range of benefits you take out with Arup, or you can claim a cash payment instead. We also have a profit share scheme, which entitles all staff to two bonuses each year depending on company performance.

Placement students can expect to be paid at a competitive rate.

Everyone’s salary is paid on 15th of the month.