Taught course

The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage

University of Liverpool · School of Music

Entry requirements

A 2:1 undergraduate degree or higher (or equivalent) in any discipline, and/or relevant work experience. Applicants with a non-traditional background (e.g. no degree) must submit a written piece of work of approximately 3,000 words on the following topic: ‘Discuss the influence of the Beatles on the city of Liverpool and its music heritage’. Please be sure to cite external references in your work.

All applications are treated on their individual merit. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to interview an applicant before a decision can be made on the application. If this is the case, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Admissions Tutor.

Months of entry


Course content

Based in Liverpool - birthplace of The Beatles, and a UNESCO City of Music – this programme aims to reframe and extend contemporary discourse about the Beatles beyond the historical and musicological into a broader and more robust 21st-century context.

You will explore how today The Beatles, their music and their story are inextricably bound up within an increasing number of creative and cultural industries including (but not limited to): music, media and social media, tourism, and heritage. Through interactions with the Liverpool Beatles tourism and heritage sectors, you will experience first-hand the role and significance The Beatles and their legacy contribute to these industries at local, regional and national levels.

You will have the opportunity to hear from and speak with guest lecturers, as well as visit and explore sites and venues in and around Liverpool and Merseyside that were formative in The Beatles' early years.

The Department of Music is an established centre for the study of both The Beatles and Popular Music. It comprises the Institute of Popular Music – the world’s first specialist centre for the study of popular music – and counts renowned experts in the Beatles amongst its academic staff, including staff who sit on the City of Liverpool’s Beatles Legacy Group.

Fees and funding

UK students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/beatles-ma/fees/
International students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/beatles-ma/fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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