Beatles fans can now study for a master’s degree in the Fab Four at Liverpool University

Fans of The Beatles can now study for a master’s degree in the Fab Four at the University of Liverpool, to explore the ‘deep and lasting relationship’ between the band and the city.

The MA, The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage, is aimed at students from around the world with an interest in the music and creative industries, as well as those employed in museums and galleries, the arts, and tourism and leisure sectors. 

The band are the best-selling recording artists of all time, selling an incredible 1.6 billion singles in the US alone and still make millions of pounds every year, even though their last album release came more than half a century ago.

The Beatles perform onstage at the Cavern Club in February 1961 in Liverpool, where students can now study their success

The Beatles perform onstage at the Cavern Club in February 1961 in Liverpool, where students can now study their success

The Beatles perform onstage at the Cavern Club in February 1961 in Liverpool, where students can now study their success

Fans of The Beatles can now study for a maser's degree in the Fab Four at the University of Liverpool

Fans of The Beatles can now study for a maser's degree in the Fab Four at the University of Liverpool

Fans of The Beatles can now study for a maser’s degree in the Fab Four at the University of Liverpool

The band are the best-selling recording artists of all time, selling an incredible 1.6 billion singles in the US alone and still make millions of pounds every year, even though their last album release came more than half a century ago

The band are the best-selling recording artists of all time, selling an incredible 1.6 billion singles in the US alone and still make millions of pounds every year, even though their last album release came more than half a century ago

The band are the best-selling recording artists of all time, selling an incredible 1.6 billion singles in the US alone and still make millions of pounds every year, even though their last album release came more than half a century ago

A statue of The Beatles by sculptor Andy Edwards was unveiled at Pier Head in Liverpool in 2015

A statue of The Beatles by sculptor Andy Edwards was unveiled at Pier Head in Liverpool in 2015

A statue of The Beatles by sculptor Andy Edwards was unveiled at Pier Head in Liverpool in 2015

The course description says students will have the chance to visit and explore sites in Liverpool and Merseyside which featured in the group's early years, as well as interact with the tourism and heritage sectors and hear from guest lecturers

The course description says students will have the chance to visit and explore sites in Liverpool and Merseyside which featured in the group's early years, as well as interact with the tourism and heritage sectors and hear from guest lecturers

The course description says students will have the chance to visit and explore sites in Liverpool and Merseyside which featured in the group’s early years, as well as interact with the tourism and heritage sectors and hear from guest lecturers

Dr Holly Tessler, programme leader and Beatles expert, said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted that we are able to bring formal study of The Beatles to the University of Liverpool’s Department of Music and Institute of Popular Music – the world’s first specialist centre for the study of popular music.

‘What makes this MA unique is its focus on The Beatles in a future-facing way, considering the legacy’s influence on the music and creative industries, in popular culture, and within heritage, culture and tourism in the 21st century.

‘This MA is as much about the wider study of Liverpool’s – and Britain’s – heritage, tourism and culture sectors as it is about the role The Beatles played in them.’

The course description says students will have the chance to visit and explore sites in Liverpool and Merseyside which featured in the group’s early years, as well as interact with the tourism and heritage sectors and hear from guest lecturers.

Dr Mike Jones, a member of the Beatles Legacy Group – which seeks to establish the economic value of Beatles tourism to Liverpool’s economy, said the MA would explore the ‘deep, significant and lasting relationship’ between the band and the city.

He added: ‘Liverpool should be regarded not just as the birthplace of The Beatles, but their cradle.

‘What The Beatles took to the world was, in part, Liverpool’s unique culture.’

Students of the postgraduate qualification will also consider how the band’s influence could be replicated in different places, industries and contexts around the world, the university said.

How the best-selling recording artists of all time are still making millions every year – five decades on from their last album release

They may have released their last album in 1970, but The Beatles are still making vast amounts of money every year.

In 2019, the band brought in an eye-watering £50 million – equivalent to a million pounds for each year that the band has not been releasing music.

According to the Mirror, company accounts filed to Apple Records Limited for the year until January show that the band made £50,244,899 over a year. 

That figure amounts to the equivalent of £137,657 made by the company per day, which was set up in 1968 by the band to run its business interests. 

The company – which doesn’t even own the Beatles back catalogue of songs – then reportedly paid £6.1million each to Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and George Harrison’s widow Olivia. 

John Lennon was murdered in 1980 while George Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001. 

This figure was made up of £1,417,000 in dividends and £4,719,500 in ‘connection with the provision of promotional services and name and likeness rights’.  

The Beatles are the best-selling recording artists of all time, selling an incredible 1.6 billion singles in the US alone. 

Lead song writers Paul McCartney and John Lennon have each written a total of 32 and 26 number one hits respectively.   

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