Tue Mar 3, 2009
LONDON (Reuters) - A university in Liverpool has launched a Master of
Arts degree in The Beatles, the city's most famous sons, and called
the qualification the first of its kind.
Liverpool Hope University says on its website that the course
entitled "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society" 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 Hope.
"Forty years on from their break-up, now is the right time and
Liverpool is the right place to study The Beatles.
"This MA is expected to attract a great deal of attention, not just
locally but nationally and we have already had enquiries from abroad,
particularly the United States."
The university said it was the first postgraduate taught course on
The Beatles in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world.
The Fab Four were born and raised in Liverpool and went on to become
arguably the most successful pop band of all time.
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)