What’s it like to study a Masters in Luton?
Luton experienced most of its growth during the 18th and 19th centuries when it became famous for hat-making, an industry that still occurs in the town and is celebrated in the badge of its football club, Luton Town FC (affectionately known as ‘the hatters’). All of this means that Luton is one UK town where graduates won’t struggle to identify a mortarboard.
Luton’s more recent history is strongly associated with its role as the site of a car plant run by Vauxhall Motors, which was the largest such facility in the UK. Though the plant itself closed in 2002, the company headquarters remain in Luton along with smaller manufacturing facilities. The town is also home to one of England’s largest airports, London Luton Airport.
Despite being smaller than many of the UK’s other university cities, Luton offers plenty for postgraduates to do alongside their studies. The town retains many historic buildings and heritage sites, whilst also providing modern shopping and entertainment facilities and hosting a well-supported local football team.
Close proximity to London makes it easy to visit universities, archives, attractions and events in the capital via road or rail. Luton’s airport also makes it a particularly convenient base for students who wish to travel further afield in Europe.
Universities in Luton
The University of Bedfordshire maintains a campus offering a broad range of postgraduate courses in Luton. Prior to its reorganisation and expansion in 2006, this institution was the University of Luton, tracing its origins to a teacher training college established in the town in 1882. It is generally recognised as one the UK’s best new universities.
Careers in Luton
The car industry plays an important role in Luton’s economy, with Vauxhall maintaining a major presence in the town. London Luton Airport is another significant employer in the area.