Make a difference through research

This is an exciting opportunity to gain a BSc degree in applied Social Research, studying over 4 years with the University of Kent, while kickstarting your social research career. It’s a chance to join a career path which is hugely rewarding, knowing the work you’re doing will have a positive impact on society.

At IFF, we believe in developing research skills to help our people become knowledgeable researchers, with their fingers on the pulse of policy and sector expertise that is second to none.

To apply for this degree level apprenticeship, you must have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English at grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points under the 2017 tariff point system (e.g., CCC at A Level or equivalent qualification, not including General Studies) or expected to achieve by August 2024.

Why join us at IFF?

Make a difference

A career in social research means working at the heart of public policy. Enjoy meaningful work that will make a real difference to the lives of others.

Explore your interests

By working across varied sectors and different types of research, you’ll discover what really excites you and begin a rewarding career with vast opportunity for development.

Join a fun and friendly team

Be part of a supportive and inclusive team, and be part of our many socials, including regular team lunches, netball matches and games evenings.

Setting you up for success

During the 4 years, you’ll be part of our friendly research team in London, working on real projects while building your skills, experience and responsibility through your studies. The end goal being successful completion of your degree and a continuation of your career as a researcher within our team.

The work you’ll do with us will ensure you’re developing the core research skills necessary to become a successful social researcher. You’ll learn technical skills such as survey design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, report writing and statistics, as well as building your skills in teamwork, communication, time management and problem solving.

As you move through your studies and your experience grows, so will your knowledge and responsibilities, starting from quality checking key outputs, providing adhoc support to the team moving to conducting your own analysis and running small projects on your own. You’ll learn about all aspects of the research process, the sectors we work in, the work we produce and deliver, our clients and the processes we follow that enable us to generate industry leading research.

We grabbed a coffee with Emma who joined IFF as a fresh graduate and asked her some quick-fire questions about life at IFF, check it out below. (Emma has since been promoted, congrats Emma!).

Life at IFF

We are an inclusive, vibrant and supportive place to work and believe in bringing our team together. We cater to everyone with groups from craft, book and running clubs, summer meets ups for cricket and rounders, theatre trips and not forgetting our lunches and team days that bring us together outside the office and if you’d rather not take part, that’s ok too, everyone is welcome at IFF.

Our committees are also an important part of our culture and we encourage people to take part; we have a wellbeing group that focusses on awareness and support for physical and mental wellbeing, we also have our EDI committee that focus on leading the way to ensure IFF remains inclusive and diverse.

Read our EDI statement here. 

Start your social research career at IFF!