The list below contains some web links and reasonably priced and easily available text books. These contain useful background reading to help you get a feel for the subject area before you start the course.

Please note that you are not required to purchase any of these resources. Guidance for online access to additional reading material relating to individual units will be given once you are registered with the University of Bristol.

Research Methods and Statistics reading:

  • BMJ - Research Collections. Easy to read and understandable online chapters addressing a variety of research methods topics.
  • Creswell, J.W. (2007) Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches, Third Edition Chapter 7:
  • Goldacre, B. (2009) Bad Science Publisher: Harper Perennial  ISBN-10: 000728487X ISBN-13: 978-000728487 This is a good fun read which introduces the concepts of evidence based health related research.
  • Salkind, N.J. (2007) Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics (Penguin science) Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc; Third Edition edition  ISBN-10: 141295150X ISBN-13: 978-0761927761 A good reference text on statistics which will also be of use throughout the whole course.

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health reading:

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