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.

  1. orangetiki says:

    It’s underwater basket weaving for the 21st century.

  2. jccalhoun says:

    This is a school that was ranked 113th out of 113 school in 2008 and blocked the rating for 2009 from being released. So it isn’t as if they have much of an academic reputation to lose…

  3. Mr. Fusion says:

    I wrote a paper on Bob Dylan in college English. The Professer gave a ‘C+’ for this magnificent dissertation. Damn, I had spent almost a week and half an ounce of good weed on.

    When I questioned him about the grade he explained, “wait 25 years and then ask the same question.”

    I said “sure, but what about my mark today?”

    So he ended up changing it to a ‘B’

    But today? I would give it a ‘C-‘.

  4. Paddy-O says:

    #3 – That’s a good story. Maybe you can change name details and submit to this school… 😉

  5. Pete Best says:

    Bah! Humbug! A waste of your money!

  6. Alex says:

    I sat in on a Beatles class in college. It was fun. Every Wednesday night was like a Beatles concert, with color commentary on the history and times. Then we’d go drinking since class met from 5 – 8. I wasn’t even signed on for the class, just sat in because it was good times.

  7. Special Ed says:

    That degree will qualify you to work at the window for McDonalds.

  8. Hugh Ripper says:

    #7 The only Beatles at McDonalds are in the food


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