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Studying for a food-related degree is a great way to start your career.  IFST only accredits the degree programmes which meet the standards set and valued by employers in the food sector. 

A degree is not your only option.  A number of universities have now started offering Degree Apprenticeships. Find out more about Degree Apprenticeships here

The table below shows universities which offer courses in, or relating to, food science and technology. The x indicates whether the course(s) being offered are at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level. For more information, click on the university name to visit their website. 

Degrees with a year in industry allow you to gain valuable work experience before you graduate, making you more desireable to a future employer. Sheffield Hallam are offering a Food Engineering MEng course with paid placements that are a part of the course structure. To find out more about work placements click here.

Somerset Dairy Careers Project - if you're worried about the financial burden of university, you can check to see if you would be eligible for these grants.

UK Universities



Type of degrees offered






The University of Abertay Dundee* Dundee   x x
Aberystwyth University Aberystwyth     x
Bath Spa University Bath   x x
University of Bedfordshire Luton   x  
Bridgwater and Taunton College Cannington x x  
Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff x x x
University of Central Lancashire Preston     x
University of Chester Chester   x x
College of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)* Cookstown x x  
Coventry University Coventry   x  
Cranfield University* Cranfield     x
Duchy College Cornwall x    
University of Exeter Exeter     x
Glasgow Caledonian University* Glasgow   x x
University of Greenwich* Chatham Maritime   x x
Harper Adams University Newport, Shropshire   x  
Heriot-Watt University* Edinburgh   x x
University of Huddersfield* Huddersfield   x x
University of Leeds* Leeds   x x
Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool   x  
London Metropolitan University* London     x
London South Bank University* London   x x
Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester   x x
Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne   x x
Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne   x x
Nottingham Trent University* Nottingham   x  
The University of Nottingham* Nottingham   x x
Queen Margaret University Edinburgh   x  
Queen's University Belfast   x x
University of Reading* Reading   x x
Royal Agricultural University Cirencester   x  
Scotlands Rural College (SRUC) Ayr   x  
Sheffield Hallam University* Sheffield   x  
University of Surrey Guildford   x  
Teesside University Middlesborough   x  
University of Ulster* Coleraine   x x

* These institutions offer courses which have been accredited by IFST. Visit IFST's main site for a list of accredited courses.