Aussie University Offering PhD Scholarship To Study Heavy Metal

Music is a beautiful part of our world as it can unite people from everywhere and anywhere.

You might have social, political, economic, physical or mental differences with another person, but you can be brothers and sisters in arms over a banging song.

People who love music just a little more than others are able to study it at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of schooling where you can learn about the more technical aspects of the industry.Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But you might be surprised to know that you can get real specific if you want to learn about some genres, and even get paid to do so.

The University of Newcastle in New South Wales is offering a scholarship for a PhD that focuses on the heavy metal scene.

According to NME, the scholarship is worth $27,596 and specifically involves researching the 'the social geography of heavy metal culture'.

The course description says: "While unique scenes have evolved across the globe, the bulk of Heavy Metal's bands have originated within countries in the northern latitudes.

"Australia is uniquely positioned within this global evolution, owing to its historical connection to the United Kingdom and shared cultural affinities with its colonial originator.

Iron Maiden is one of the UK's best heavy metal bands. Credit: PA
Iron Maiden is one of the UK's best heavy metal bands. Credit: PA

"While remote from the geographical heart of Heavy Metal culture, Australia has developed its own unique and passionate approach, producing a number of high profile bands."

So those people who just love their heavy metal should definitely follow up if they're intrigued.

Even though it's only been around since the 1960s, there would be tons of material to work with.

Imagine getting paid to study the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.

Ozzy Osbourne is still rocking out with Black Sabbath. Credit: PA
Ozzy Osbourne is still rocking out with Black Sabbath. Credit: PA

University of Newcastle director of Human Geography Simon Springer told Kerrang: "As a life-long metal fan who has only recently started to do some work in the area of metal studies, I figured this would be a good conduit to further my research agenda in this area. Certainly when I was a PhD student, I would have loved for someone to tell me that studying about metal is a legitimate academic pursuit!

"I also think the opportunities for funding in this particular area are few and far between, so I thought why not put a call out for applications and see if anyone is interested in studying the geography of heavy metal?"

If you want to know more about the opportunity, click on this link and it'll give you all the information.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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