Students & Apprentices

We are here to help you make the most out of your time at university and to prepare you for an exciting career in food!

This section includes all of the links to sections on the website to support our student and apprentice membership. If you still have any questions that haven't been answered in the following pages, please contact and your question will be answered as soon as possible. 

Student Group

We are looking for students who would like to join the IFST Student Group in the academic year 2019/20. The aim of the group is to help us develop our structure, processes and priorities relating to attracting, retaining and developing our student members. The student group will be lead by our two Co-Chairs, Anna Monaghan and Lauren Devine. Both were members of last year’s Student Group and are looking to continue the good work from last year and start some new exciting projects this year. We are currently seeking students studying food science-related degrees to fill these positions: Postgraduate Representative, Undergraduate Representative, Secretary, Student Communications and Student Representative liaison. Deadline 31 October 2021.

To become a Student Representative or part of the Student Group: Find out more here.

Find your university representative

Our University Representatives are the eyes and ears of our student group and provide a valuable service in promoting IFST events and membership to their peers. They liaise with University contacts, promote IFST events and membership and work with our student group and local branch networks.

Find out more here.

Student Membership

Our goal is to be your passport to knowledge, contacts and professional development at this early stage of your career and to support you as you bridge the gap between university and industry. 

If you are studying full or part-time at foundation degree level or above within the UK and are interested in pursuing a career in food, we encourage you to join IFST as a student member. Find out more here. 

Student Career LaunchPad

Our annual Student LaunchPad event supports food science students by providing them with an experience to strengthen their perceptions of the food sector beyond the university setting and help provide valuable insights into possible careers in all aspects of the food chain. This is a virtual event in 2021. 

Find out more here.

Competitions & Awards

Taking part in competitions is a fantastic way to enhance your CV, network with food professionals and make connections across the sector.

We offer national and regional opportunities for students. Deadlines are staggered throughout the year so be sure to check back regularly for up-to-date information.

Find out more here. 

Find an Accredited Degree/Course

Our degree accreditation scheme recognises relevant Bachelor and Masters degree programmes for face-to-face and distance-learning students.

Find a course here. 


Travel Bursaries

We provide travel bursaries to support attendance at conferences/meetings for activities related to all areas of food science and technology.  Whether you want to attend an exhibition or conference but can’t afford the travel or ticket, we will provide funding for you to attend! 

Find out more and apply today!


We actively encourage all students and apprentices to initiate and join active conversations within our online student forum: where you can seek advice, discuss different topics in food science & technology and more. 

Preparing for your career in food

Our members have been kind enough to provide helpful information based on their experiences to help you prepare for your career in food. Read their tips here. 

Food Science Education

IFST has an ongoing project to align food science resources to the sciences curricula and encourage their use and integration in the curriculum, through discussions with educational stakeholders. For more information please click here.

Career Information

Why choose a career in food?

The production and distribution of food is the largest and most important economic activity in the world. The health and welfare of people everywhere depend on good agricultural yields and on the reliable storage, successful processing and safe handling of all types of food. Food professionals work in many occupations including industry (manufacturing, retailing and foodservice), universities and schools, government, research and development, quality assurance and food law enforcement. 

The food sector is crying out for well-qualified and experienced specialists who can play their part in the complex and increasingly sophisticated food supply system. 

For more information please click here.