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 consists of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Student Representatives. Deadline mid-October.

To become a Student Repesentative: 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 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.

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. We offer bursaries of up to £500 to students interested in attending food sector events around the world. Recent bursaries have funded trips to New Zealand and Rhode Island, USA.

Find out more here. 

Closing date for entries is 30 November 2019


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.