Programme eligibility

Q: Do I need a Mathematics degree or financial experience to apply?

A: The majority of our programmes are open to students from all academic disciplines, with the exception of Software Engineering where we ask you to have a Science, Technology Engineering or Maths degree. What’s important is that you’re passionate and genuinely interested in your chosen programme.

You’ll receive all the training required once you join, so you don’t need to have financial experience before you apply.

Q: What UCAS points and qualifications do I need?

A: You don’t need specific UCAS points for any of our programmes.

With the exception of our RBS International programme, which requires a 2:2 degree or above, all our other graduate and internship programmes require you to have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a 2:1 or above. NatWest Markets requires a 2:1 (or equivalent) or 3.4 GPA (US Degree).

Q: I don’t meet the academic requirements, will my application be considered?

A: If you have extenuating circumstances explaining why you didn’t meet the academic requirements, you’ll still be considered. Our application form includes a text box where you can provide these details, be sure to complete this section if you need to.

We’ll review each case individually and you’ll need to show us proof of any extenuating circumstances.

Q: I didn’t graduate this year, can I still apply?

A: Yes. Our graduate programmes are open to all regardless of graduation year. Your work experience could be an advantage if it’s relevant.

Q: How many years after graduating can I still apply for a graduate scheme?

A: There’s no time limit, as long as you have the correct qualifications, it doesn’t matter when you did your degree.

Q: I have a Masters degree, can I still apply?

A: Yes - however you’ll still need to meet our entry requirements. Our RBS International programme requires a 2:2 degree classification or above, and all other graduate and internships programmes require you to have, or be on track to achieve a 2:1 or above.

Q: Do you offer Industrial (year long) placements?

A: Year long placements aren’t a formal programme for us just yet, but take a look at our 10 week summer internships.

Q: Do I need to have a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths degree to apply to the Software Engineering programme?

A: Yes. We’re also looking for curious and inquisitive people, with a real passion for technology, coding and software engineering, and the drive to explore how it can be used to make a positive difference for our customers.

Q: Can I defer my place as a graduate/ intern?

A: No, unfortunately we no longer accept deferred applications.

Q: What if I don’t get a 2:1?

A: We review on a case by case basis and would take into consideration any exceptional circumstances. If you don’t meet the requirements, we can revoke your offer.

Q: What if I have a 2:2 but I have a Master’s?

A: No – you won’t be able to join the programme unless it’s for our RBS International programme, where you need at least a 2.2.

Graduate programme information

Q: How long does the graduate programme last?

A: This varies for each business area and programme, most graduate programmes last two years, with the exception of Internal Audit and Finance, which are three years.

Q: What are the programme start dates?

A: Graduate programmes start on 7th September 2020

Q: Can I apply for more than one graduate programme?

A: No, you can only apply to one graduate programme at a time.

Q: What does a typical day involve?

A: You’ll find lot’s of great information on the home pages for graduates and interns.

Q: Will I have people to support me, such as a mentor?

A: Yes. Starting on your first day you’ll be given a wide network of dedicated people to support you, including a graduate coach. You’ll also have a buddy, who’ll be a graduate from the year above who is currently on the programme. They’ll be a great source of information and advice, as well as someone to call on if you need support.

You can read more about how you’ll be supported on the programme landing pages for graduates and internships.

Q: What qualifications do the pathways offer?

A: Qualifications differ by programme, you can find out more information about these under the Graduate Professional Development journey section of the programme pages.

Q: Can I speak to someone to find out more about a particular programme before applying?

A: You can find lot’s of great information on the programme home pages for graduates and interns.

Q: Do I get a choice of rotations?

A: Our programme team will let you know your rotations. They’re designed to give you a breadth of knowledge and a varied skillset by the end of the programme.

You may have a degree of choice in the last rotation, depending on the particular programme.

Q: What will my rotations include?

A: Each programme’s different, and rotations change from year to year. You can visit our programme pages for more information.

Q: Am I guaranteed a permanent role after my internship / graduate scheme?

A: As an intern you’re assessed throughout the 10 week programme, and if you’re showing a strong performance, we may offer you a position on the two or three year graduate scheme for the following year.

If you’re a graduate, we’re committed to working with you to find a role at the end of your programme.

Internship information

Q: What are the programme start dates?

A: Summer internship programmes will start on 15th June 2020.

Q: What happens on an internship?

A: You can find lots of information about our internship programmes here.

Q: What happens at the end of the internship?

A: At the end of the placement, you’ll be assessed on what you’ve learned. Complete this successfully and you could be offered a place on our 2021 graduate programme. From there you can carry the skills you’ve learned forward and take the next exciting step in your career.

Q: Can I speak to someone who has completed an internship before I apply to see if it is right for me?

A: We have a number of resources available to you so you can gain an understanding of what’s involved in our internships, and make an informed decision before you apply.

Check out our programme pages, and check out our videos and other content on our social media channels, for more information. Please also have a look at our events page as these are an ideal time to meet other graduates and interns and learn more about the programmes.

Q: Can I do more than one internship?

A: No, you can only apply for one internship.

Q: Do you offer internships under the Erasmus programme?

A: No, we don’t offer this kind of internship.

Q: I’m currently a final year undergraduate and planning to apply for a Master’s degree; can I apply for an internship at RBS?

A: Yes, you can apply for an internship.

Q: What year of study do I need to be in to be eligible for an internship?

A: You need to be in your penultimate year of study to be eligible for our internships (that includes finalists who’re going on to do a Master’s next year).

Q: Can I apply for an internship if I have graduated?

A: No, our internship programmes are only open to penultimate year students.

Q: Can I apply for an internship if I have not been to university?

A: No, you need to be studying at university to apply.

Q: Do you offer Spring Internships?

A: No – We offer Female Insight weeks, taking place in April and September

Q: I’m a first year student; do you have anything I can apply for?

A: Yes. If you’re in the first year of a three year degree, you can apply to one of our Insight weeks.

Q: Do we cover accommodation for internships?

A: No. The internship’s paid, so this’ll allow you to cover the cost of your accommodation.

Female Insight Weeks and Insight Weeks

Q: Is the Female Insight week only applicable to women or can anyone apply?

A: Female Insight Weeks are available to both male and female applicants.

Q: Can anyone apply to the Insight Week?

A: If you graduate and finish all your studies in 2022 then you can apply for this programme. You don’t need any UCAS points and you don’t need to be studying any particular subject.

Q: What is the difference between the Female Insight Week and the Insight Week?

A: The main difference is that, over our Female Insight week you’ll be shadowing and meeting with key females in that business area and, for our Insight Week, you’ll be meeting with both male and female colleagues.


Q: Do I get a choice about where I’m based?

A: Most roles have specific locations, and you’ll be based there for the duration of your programme – you should always consider this when choosing which programme to apply to.

However some programmes are UK wide to provide you with the most opportunities, so it’s best to be flexible about where you’ll be based and make sure you read the programme descriptions thoroughly.

Q: Can I apply for a position in a specific location?

A: Most of our roles are advertised for a specific location, so at the application stage you can decide which location you want to be based in for the duration of the programme.

For some graduate programmes advertised as UK-wide, you might be expected to relocate. We can’t take preferences for locations with these programmes and you’d be expected to move if needed. You’ll always be given plenty of notice so that you can plan in advance.

Q: Before I apply, I’d really like to know where I’d be based if I were to be successful?

A: When applying for a graduate or internship programme, you’ll need to apply for a specific location, unless it’s listed as UK-wide, which can be discussed after you’ve applied.

Q: Can I choose my roll off location?

A: There’s an expectation that you’ll finish in the location that you‘re based in for the duration of the programme.

Q: I did my internship in Edinburgh but can I move my graduate programme to London?

A: No, our expectation’s you’ll complete the graduate programme in the same locations as your internship.

Q: Do you offer help with recommending places to live or finding accommodation if I successful?

A: The welcome (on-boarding) portal gives you lots of information on the key hub locations and accommodation available nearby.

Please be aware, The Edinburgh Fringe festival takes place at the same time as the 10 week internship - so there’s lots of competition for accommodation in this area. We strongly encourage you to organise something sooner rather than later. The welcome portal allows you to connect with other interns and graduates to share accommodation ideas with each other.

Opening and closing dates

Q: When will your graduate programmes open for applications?

A: Programmes will be open for applications on the 18th September 2019.

Q: When will your internship programme open for applications?

A: Programmes will be open for applications on the 18th September 2019.

Q: What’s the closing date for graduate applications?

A: Please, check the website closing dates, most programmes close on the 31st December 2019 however we may close programmes early if we have a large amount of applications so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Q: What is the closing date for internship applications?

A: Please check the website for the closing dates, most programmes close on 31st December 2019 however we may close programmes early if we have a large amount of applications so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Q: Does it matter when I complete my application

A: We encourage you to complete your application as soon as you can, as we may close programmes early if there’s a large amount of applications.

Event queries

Q: What events will RBS be attending?

A: Please see details of our planned events on our events page.

Q: Do I need to register to attend events?

A: For some of our events, yes. Please visit our events page where we’ll tell you how to sign up.

Q: Can I bring a friend or family member along?

A: At some of our events, we’ll have a limited number of spaces therefore it might not always be possible for you to bring a friend or family member along. Once you’ve registered for a space, you’ll be able to contact us for more information about the event itself.

Assessment questions

Q: How long do I have to complete the assessment after applying?

A: Some programmes fill up very quickly so we encourage you to complete the stages of assessment as soon as possible after applying so we can consider your application.

Q: How can I prepare for the numerical ability and logical reasoning assessments?

A: For the numerical ability and logical reasoning assessments, you can visit the Talent Q candidate support website for a series of practice ability tests, plus other assessment support information.

You’ll be given a final opportunity to practise the assessments once you’ve logged in to complete the real tests.

Assessment centres

Q: How can I prepare for an assessment centre?

A: More information and advice on preparing for an assessment centre can be found on our advice section of our application support page.

Q: What should I wear to an assessment centre?

A: Please make sure that you dress smartly, in business attire.

Q: How long will it take to hear if I am successful?

A: We’ll tell you the outcome of your assessment centre within one week. If you’re successful, a member of the Early Career team will contact you to take you through your offer onto the graduate or internship programme.

Q: I am no longer able to make the assessment centre, who should I contact?

A: Please contact the Early Career Recruitment team on 0845 302 1007 or respond as soon as you can via your account on

Visas, Sponsorships and International Students

Q: Does RBS sponsor visas?

A: Yes, but you need to have the right to work in the UK.

We’ll check this before you start with us. In some circumstances we might be able to sponsor a Tier 2 (General) visa. To do this we need to satisfy a resident labour market test (RLMT). If you have a Tier 4 (General) visa and meet the requirements set out by the Government, we’ll submit your application for a Tier 2 (General) visa in the UK before your start date.

Your application can’t be made from outside of the UK, so please make sure any plans accommodate this.

Q: Depending on my visa, if it doesn’t meet requirements, why won’t you support me?

A: To satisfy the resident labour market test (RLMT) we need to show that there are no suitably qualified resident workers to fill the vacancy or that your application would be exempt from the RLMT. It’s likely that the majority of our graduate or internship roles will be filled by settled workers, but you might still want to apply.

Application queries

Q: Can I edit my application after I have submitted it?

A: You can’t edit your education details, employment history, or your answers to the competency questions, so it’s important to make sure you double check the information you’ve given us before submitting; any errors could impact negatively on your application.

You can update your contact details by logging on to your application, and selecting from the left hand menu.

As part of your application, you may choose to disclose special categories of information about yourself. If, at any point, you wish to withdraw your consent to this, please contact us.

Q: How do I know if the programme is right for me?

A: The first thing you should do is read all the material available to you online. If you’re still unsure about which programme is right for you, we’ll be happy to discuss things in person. Our representatives will be attending many presentations and careers fairs in the coming year. You can also try our Find your path tool for inspiration.

Q: Can I apply for more than one programme?

A: No, we’re looking for people who’re as committed and passionate about the business area they’re joining as we are. That's why it's so important to make the right decision. Use our Find your path tool and make sure you take time to weigh up your options and see what suits you best.

Q: Can I defer my entry for a year?

A: No, unfortunately we no longer accept deferred applications.

Q: I have a disability, can I apply?

A: Yes. We’re an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all members of the community. If you need any additional support throughout the process please let us know on your application form and one of the team will be in touch.

Q: Can I apply after a gap year?

A: Yes as long as you meet the programme eligibility criteria.

Q: Can I apply to more than one location?

A: No, you can only apply to one location at a time.

Q: When will I find out if my application has been successful?

A: You’ll hear the outcome of your assessment centre within one week. If you’re successful, a member of the Early Career team will contact you to take you through your offer onto the graduate or internship programme.


Q: What’s the salary for the graduate scheme?

A: The starting salary for the majority of our graduate programmes is £31,850.

Q: Do interns get paid and what is the salary?

A: Yes, the salary for our internship programmes is £21,500 pro rata.

Q: What benefits do you offer?

A: You can find more information on our benefits on our reward and benefits page.

Work experience

Q: Does RBS offer a work experience programme?

A: Yes, we offer separate work experience schemes on a case-by-case basis. If you’re interested, please contact your local branch or office. The decision to grant a work experience placement is at the discretion of the local office, and will be based on whether or not we can meet your requirements.


Q: Do you have any 9-12 month placement schemes?

A: No but we do run a variety of internship programmes for first and penultimate year students. For penultimate year students, we run a 10 week summer internship. You can learn more on our internship pages.

Q: Can I speak to any graduates or interns on any of the programmes?

A: We aim to bring graduates and interns along to as many of our events as possible. If you attend one of our presentations, skills sessions, networking events or guest lectures, you’ll meet representatives from the business – some who have joined us in recent years and some who have been here for many years.

Alternatively go to our Graduate and Intern programme pages where you can hear from current graduates.

Q: Who can I speak with to find out more or use a point of contact throughout the process?

A: Our team will answer general queries after you apply (through the application system message centre), or contact us through our Facebook page and check out our events page on the website to see if we’re visiting your university.