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Enhance your employability, gain professional experience and build your network with work placements.

We work with diverse employers, enabling us to find relevant placements for most food-related career paths.

Your opportunities include year-long industrial placements and summer placements.


The best way into the world of food

The University of Reading is in the top 10 universities for food science in the UK (we are 7th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023).

As a leading food science department, many companies want to work with our students. We'll help you find the right placement and give you the training and support you need before you start your role and whilst you are there.

Make a name for yourself in the industry and gain crucial experience

  • We have a history of placements with world famous brands such as Allied Bakeries, Mars Food, Nestle, Marks & Spencer, Hovis and more.
  • Gain support from world-leading academics before and during placements.
  • Increase your chances of a job offer if your placement is successful.
The interview for my placement took place at the University which saved me time and travel. Reading also provided support on writing CVs, cover letters and completing online applications, which culminated in this fantastic opportunity with Graze.

Ellie Read

BSc Nutrition and Food Science with Professional Training

World-class support

You'll receive:

  • dedicated help from our placement coordinator to find the right placement
  • comprehensive CV preparation and application skills training
  • a chance to meet a wide range of companies through a range of central university and departmental events and fairs, and also during your departmental based placement training.

Our dedicated placement coordinator will also:

  • write to your preferred companies on your behalf and arrange interviews
  • ensure that employers have a suitable programme of work ready for you
  • make sure that placements adhere to the Department's Code of Practice.

Why study food science

Study in a world-class institution on a course accredited by the IFST. Gain real-world experience with a summer placement or choose to spend a year in industry.

How you'll study

Learn from world-leading experts in a supportive environment - through lectures, problem-based learning, group project work and hands-on practical work in the laboratory and pilot plant.


Careers in food science

Our graduates typically find employment in food product development, quality management, food technology, and nutritional science. Recent employers include Douwe Egberts, Ferndale Foods and Innocent Drinks.

Athena SWAN Silver Award
Institute of Food Science and Technology