12 months
20250 GBP/year
9900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Based in Liverpool - birthplace of The Beatles, and a UNESCO City of Music – this The Beatles - Music Industry and Heritage programme from University of Liverpool aims to reframe and extend contemporary discourse about the Beatles beyond the historical and musicological into a broader and more robust 21st-century context.

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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.

Career prospects

Students from the The Beatles - Music Industry and Heritage programme from University of Liverpool have gone on to a wide range of careers, including various positions in the music industries, museums, arts administration, journalism, publishing, and teaching. PhDs in Music are in full-time lectureships around the world (e.g. Canada, Sweden). This programme has been recognised by the AHRC as appropriate training for advanced research, and prepares students for a level of further training equivalent to doctoral study.

Graduates will be equipped to enter a wide range of industries, including the local Beatles-related sector, heritage, museums, tourism and leisure, music, and creative industries in general. Students from the Department of Music have gone on to a wide range of careers, including various positions in the music industries, museums, arts administration, journalism, publishing, and teaching.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Studying Music Industry

  • Heritage & Culture: The Beatles' Liverpool through 1966

  • The Beatles in the 20th Century 

  • Heritage & Legacy: The Beatles' Liverpool 1967-Present 

  • The Beatles in the 21st Century 

  • The Beatles & Cultural Planning

  • MA Beatles Dissertation 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are no strict application deadlines but applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they require visas or have special requirements.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20250 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Liverpool

556 - 1035 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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