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BA (Hons) Religion course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Suggested reading

You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September. However, you might like to undertake some independent study of some of the key texts on the course.

We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest the following:

  • The Study of Religion: an introduction to Key ideas and Methods, by George Chryssies and Ron Greaves. 2014. London, Bloomsbury
  • Sacred Scriptures of the World Religions: An Introduction, by Joan Price. 2009. London, Continuum
  • An Introduction to Religious and Spiritual Experience, by Marianne Rankin. 2008. London, Continuum
  • Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds, edited by Heidi Campbell. 2013. London, Routledge

Useful websites

The following are really useful resources:


Things to do now

We have created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for you course:

Task one – engage with current debates

Task two – Develop your awareness of beliefs and practices

Task three – Digital religion


Meet your programme lead:


Additional ways to prepare

Preparing to start

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