So what do they study? Aside from listening to the music and watching their movies, that is. Do you have to drop acid with an Indian mystic for a midterm exam? Marry a screeching banshee that breaks up the class? And what will this degree get you exactly? A job as a music store manager instead of just a clerk?
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.