Taught course

The Beatles, Popular Music and Society

Liverpool Hope University · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

A unique opportunity to study in the city of Liverpool, home of The Beatles and with access to leading Popular Music academics and Beatles specialists, this MA is the only one of its kind in the UK and the world.

This MA will examine the significance of the music of The Beatles in the construction of identities, audiences, ethnicities and industries, and localities; by doing so it will suggest ways to understand popular music as a social practise, focusing attention on issues such as the role of music in the construction of regional identities, concepts of authenticity, aesthetics, meaning, value, performance, and the use of popular music as a discursive evocation of place. Furthermore, in a consideration of popular music as a text, popular music semiotics will also be employed.

This MA will be of interest to those working in the fields of popular music studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, politics, gender studies, and musicology, among others. Such a course is an essential addition to the discipline of Popular Music Studies.

Information for international students

For further details please email international@hope.ac.uk or t@ +44 (0) 151 291 3389.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

UK Student Recruitment
+44 (0) 151 291 3111