Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

The Beatles, Popular Music and Society

This course 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 practice, 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.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st Class or upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Master's award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made. For students whose 1st language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

Course modules

Modules: texts and contexts: understanding popular music; topics in history: Liverpool; musicology and the Beatles; historical and critical approaches; dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,600 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 4,600 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
The Creative Campus Liverpool L6 1HP North West

Key information

Student Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
0151 291 3111