Musical studies

A university in Liverpool has launched a Master of Arts degree entitled The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, the qualification is the first of its kind to study one of the most internationally renowned musical bands in history.

Liverpool Hope University says on its website that the course consists of four 12-week taught modules and a dissertation.

“There have been over 8,000 books about The Beatles but there has never been serious academic study and that is what we are going to address,” said Mike Brocken, senior lecturer in popular music at the university. He added: “Forty years on from their break-up, now is the right time and Liverpool is the right place to study The Beatles.”

The band’s members were born and raised in Liverpool and went on to become one of the most successful pop bands of all time.

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