Published Mar 05, 2009Well, here's a degree almost guaranteed to never get you a job. Over at Liverpool Hope University, the British school is beginning to offer a master's program called "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society," which will allow students to study the music and sound of the Fab Four, as well as Liverpool's influence on the band.
The program can be taken on a full- or part-time basis and will consist of four 12-week modules and a dissertation. According to course leader Mike Brocken, it will also be anything but "Mickey Mouse," and involve serious academic study, and likely many "A Hard Day's Night."
"There have been over 8,000 books about the Beatles, but there has never been serious academic study," Brocken told BBC News. "The Beatles influenced so much of society, not just with their music, but also with fashion - from their collar-less jackets to their psychedelic clothes.
"Forty years on, now is the right time and Liverpool is the right place to study the Beatles. It is definitely the first Beatles-related MA in this country, and I would say probably the first in the world."
Brocken said the university has received several inquiries from prospective British, as well as American, students and that applications from anyone with an undergrad degree would be considered for the program. "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society" is set to begin in September and you can get more information here.
In other Fab Four news, the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, are to perform together at the New York Radio City Music Hall on April 4. The pair have said they will play at least one song together for the show, which is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation. The last time the two shared the same stage was in 2002.