Canadian singer first Beatles graduate

A Canadian singer is the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles. (AP)

A Canadian singer has become the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles.

Former Miss Canada finalist Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, 53, was one of the first students to sign up for the course on the Fab Four when it launched at Liverpool Hope University in March 2009.

Twelve full-time students joined the Master of Arts course in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society that year and Mary-Lu is the first from her class to graduate.

She said: "I am so proud of my achievement. The course was challenging, enjoyable and it provided a great insight into the impact The Beatles had and still have to this day across all aspects of life.

"The faculty and students at Liverpool Hope University were crucial in providing an unforgettable experience and their support was invaluable."

The course looks at the studio sound and composition of The Beatles and how Liverpool helped to shape their music.

The MA examines the significance of the music of The Beatles and how it helped to define identities, culture and society.

Mike Brocken, founder and leader of the Beatles MA, said: "This program is the only postgraduate degree program in the world of its kind.

"Mary-Lu now joins an internationally recognised group of scholars of Popular Music Studies who are able to offer fresh and thought-provoking insights into the discipline of musicology."

Ms Zahalan-Kennedy is a professional singer and actress with three CDs recorded and a Juno nomination for Most Promising Female Vocalist in Canada in 1983.

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