Focus Management Consultants Limited

Recruitment Specialists for the food and drink industry

What can I do with my food degree?

Once you have graduated with a food degree you are in a great position to start a career in one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. Several large organisations offer graduate schemes that can help candidates make a start on their career in the food and drink industry.

What food degrees are available?

Food degrees are divided between food science and agriculture. Agriculture course will cover the source of food ingredients, from animal health and technology to crop production and soil science. Food sciences will cover the various areas involved in food production, hygiene, distribution and storage. Below are a few examples of food degrees available,


  • Agriculture with Marketing
  • Animal Science
  • Ecology
  • Plant and Soil Science


Food Science

  • Human Biology and Nutrition
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Food Safety and Quality Management
  • Food Science and Manufacturing Technology
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A Food Marketing degree will introduce you to how the food industry operates from the perspective of both the manufacturer and retailer. Experiencing food technology and product development first-hand, you will gain an excellent foundation in the industry, enabling you to identify markets and fulfill consumer requirements. Food marketing is a challenging career but this degree will provide you with the key technical and analytical skills necessary in food marketing.

Work Experience

Any experience in the food industry will help give you an advantage over those you are straight out of university with a qualification alone. Many courses have close links with key players in both retail and food manufacture. These food companies offer several graduate schemes that are designed to develop strategic thinking, commercial acumen and leadership skills.  

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Manufacturing Graduate Scheme

Bakkavor create convenience foods for retailers own labels and are therefore always creating new lines. They offer a fast track graduate scheme that enables those who are passionate about food to attain a management position within a couple of years. This is an ideal opportunity to introduce new manufacturing processes to a company that supplies the UK’s top food retailers.

Example of a Food Graduate Jobs

Development Technologist

This is a fast paced role developing new chilled food product lines for a major national retailer. Being actively involved in market research and competitor research you will investigate the supply of raw materials and costings. You will be part of a team creating innovative concepts for new products and developing them until they are ready for launch. Using your knowledge gained from a food degree and preferably from a placement you will be able to identify food trends and develop new lines accordingly.

Additional Information

A History of Food Science


Why Study Food Science?