Hopefully it won’t be a hard day’s night on this course.
If we couldn’t get enough of one of the best bands to come out of Liverpool as it is, you can now study a degree in the Fab Four. Yes, that’s right. The University of Liverpool (because where else would it be?) has created a course for students around the world to learn about the impact that The Beatles had on music and heritage.
The course starts from this September and is the only qualification of its type in the world, so it will definitely stand out on your CV. The University of Liverpool says the MA in The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage “will appeal to those currently working – or considering pursuing a career in – the music and creative industries; as well as those employed in museums and galleries, the arts, and across the tourism and leisure sectors.”
According to the course description, those who choose to study this MA will have the opportunity to “visit and explore sites and venues in and around Liverpool and Merseyside that were formative in The Beatles’ early years”. Students will discover how today The Beatles, their music and their story have had an impact on the creative and cultural industries including (but not limited to): music, media and social media, tourism, and heritage.
This Master’s degree in The Beatles will also involve interacting with Liverpool Beatles tourism and heritage sectors to give first-hand experience of how significant The Beatles and their legacy is in contributing to these industries at local, regional and national levels. The MA features modules on the music industry; the heritage and culture of The Beatles’ Liverpool during 1966; The Beatles in the 20th and 21st Centuries; the heritage and legacy of The Beatles’ Liverpool from 1967 to present day; The Beatles and cultural planning; as well as a final dissertation on the band.
MA Programme Leader, and The Beatles expert, Dr Holly Tessler said: “What makes this MA unique is its focus on The Beatles in a future-facing way, considering the legacy’s influence on the music and creative industries, in popular culture, and within heritage, culture and tourism in the 21st Century. This MA is as much about the wider study of Liverpool’s – and Britain’s – heritage, tourism and culture sectors as it is about the role The Beatles played in them.”
The Head of Music at the University of Liverpool, Professor Catherine Tackley, added that the launch of this exciting new Master’s degree in The Beatles also coincides with the opening of the Tung Auditorium in the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre.
Whether you want to let it be or fancy the long and winding road on this course, you can find more information on the course, including entry requirements, here. And if the course becomes a little tricky, you can always get by with a little help from your friends.