1. Undergraduate applicants to City, University of London
  2. Reading lists

Reading lists

For all those who want to prepare before the start of term, below you can find some of the texts that have been recommended to you by Admissions Tutors in your department.  You do not have to read every single book for your subject but it may be useful to read one or two before the start of term. Students in Nursing (all fields) and Midwifery are strongly advised to look fully at the reading list as there are some compulsory tasks that students have to complete before the start of their course.  Most of these books are available on Amazon and other websites or alternatively students can borrow copies from public libraries.

Cass Business School

Accounting and Finance

You can download the following apps to your mobile device or iPad - Bloomberg, CNBC, FT, Economist - and enable alerts, to receive important financial news alerts in real time. You will also find reading the Financial Times useful.

Recommended academic textbooks:

  • Financial Accounting for Decision Makers (latest edition), by Peter Atrill and Eddie McLaney
  • Management Accounting for Decision Makers (latest edition) by Peter Atrill and Eddie McLaney
  • Principles of Corporate Finance (Global, latest edition), by Richard A. Brealey and Stewart C. Myers

One or more of the following titles to gain a better understanding of how financial markets operate:

  • Reading and understanding the Financial Times, by Kevin Boakes
  • Know the City 2015/16, by Christopher Stoakes
  • The Game: How the City really works, by Alex Buchanan
  • The Money Machine: How the City works, by Philip Coggan

Actuarial Science

John Sloman, Jon Guest and Dean Garratt (2018) Economics 9th or 10th edition.

Banking and International Finance

Brealey, R., Myers, S & Allen, F. (2011). Principles of Corporate Finance (10th global edition).

Casu, B., Girardone, C & Molyneux, P. (2006) Introduction to Banking.

Heffernan, S. (2004). Modern Banking.

Lipsey, R.& Chrystal, A. (2011). Economics (12th edition)

Business Management

The books listed below are the principal textbooks for each of the eight core modules in your first year of study.

If you are looking for some key readings to help you to study for the degree, a good start would be:

  • Chapters 1-3 of Critical Thinking by Cottrell. These introduce you to a set of approaches to thinking and studying which you should apply throughout your degree course.  You should use your critical thinking skills in reading source material for every subject that you study
  • Chapters 1 and 2 of Management by Boddy. While this includes management theories which you will study in more depth in the spring term of your first year, it will provide you with a valuable indication of what we mean by management. It also includes discussion of case studies, which form a fundamental element of studying Business Management

Once you are registered as a student, you will have access through the University library to electronic editions of many of your key readings.  Throughout your course you will be encouraged to supplement textbooks with readings such as papers from scholarly journals, and through the library you will have access to a wide range of journals, industry reports, and sources of statistics.

Critical Thinking

  • Cottrell, S (2017), Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument, 3rd edition New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Introduction to Management

  • Buchanan, D. A. and Huczynski, A. A. (2017). Organizational Behaviour, 9th edition. London: Pearson Publishing

Fundamentals of Marketing

  • Solomon, M. R., Marshall G. W., Stuart E. W., Barnes B., and Mitchell V. W, (2015) Marketing: Real People, Real Decisions. 8th edition Harlow: Financial Times, Prentice Hall

Business Economics

  • Mankiw N (2014) Principles of Economics 7th Edition, Boston: Cengage [Note – we recommend this, which is the US version of the text which. There is a more recent edition but the differences are very slight and this edition is still available and considerably cheaper than the latest one.]

Quantitative Methods and Analytics

  • Albright, S. and Winston, W. (2014), Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Decision Making. Stamford CT: South-Western College Publishing

Operations and Supply Chain Management

  • Hill, T. and Hill, A. (2011). Essential operations management. Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan [Note – this is recommended but not required for the module.]

Management Lab and Business Skills

  • Boddy D (2017): Management: an introduction. 7th edition. Harlow, Pearson

Finance

Valdez. S & Molyneux. P. (2012). An Introduction to Global Financial Markets (7th edition).

Brealey, Myers, Allen & Mohanty (2014). Principles of Corporate Finance (11th edition).

Banking and International Finance

Brealey, R., Myers, S & Allen, F. (2011). Principles of Corporate Finance (10th global edition).

Casu, B., Girardone, C & Molyneux, P. (2006) Introduction to Banking.

Heffernan, S. (2004). Modern Banking.

Lipsey, R.& Chrystal, A. (2011). Economics (12th edition)

Investment and Financial Risk Management

Fabozzi, J.F., Modigliani, F., Ferri, M.G. (2013). Foundations of Financial Markets and Institutions (4th edition).

Madura, J. (2012). Financial Markets and Institutions (10th edition).

Saunders. A & Cornett. N.M.(2013). Financial Markets and Institutions (7th edition).

Valdez. S & Molyneux. P. (2012). An Introduction to Global Financial Markets (7th edition).

School of Arts & Social Sciences

Economics

Microeconomics and Macroeconomics

John Sloman, Dean Garratt, & Alison Wride (9th edition 2014) Economics, Harlow: Pearson

Peter Antonioni & Sean Masaki Flynn (2010) Economics For Dummies, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons

Grady Klein & Yoram Bauman (2014) The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, New York: Hill & Wang

Data Analysis

Paul Newbold, William Carlson, & Betty Thorne (8th edition 2012) Statistics for Business and Economics, Harlow: Pearson Education

Louise Swift & Sally Piff (4th edition 2014) Quantitative Methods for Business, Management and Finance, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Ian Jacques (7th edition 2012) Mathematics for Economics and Business, Harlow: Pearson

Economics and Accounting

Peter Atrill & Eddie McLaney (6th edition 2011) Financial Accounting for Decision Makers, Harlow: Pearson

Peter Atrill & Eddie McLaney (4th edition 2004) Management Accounting for Decision Makers, Harlow: Pearson

Richard A. Brealey & Stewart C. Myers (Global edition 2013) Principles of Corporate Finance, New York: McGraw Hill Higher Education

Kevin Boakes (2nd edition 2009) Reading and understanding the Financial Times, Harlow: Pearson

Christopher Stoakes (2012) Know the City 2013/14, Wendover: Christopher Stoakes Ltd

Alex Buchanan (2010) The Game: How the City really works, London: Elliott & Thompson Limited

Philip Coggan (2009) The Money Machine: How the City works, London: Penguin

Internet Resources:

We advise students to keep up to date with the articles on economic and financial issues in the Economist and the Financial Times. Students should explore the websites of the Bank of England and HM Treasury, and research organisations such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies - as well as similar websites in other countries, such as the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve, and for international organisations, such as the Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund.

History

The fruits of historical research are circulating around the world in many interesting forms including, films, podcasts, exhibitions, and literature. Literary fiction often shapes our understanding of the past and the way we engage with it, becoming one of the most engaging gateways for thinking about history. Our recommended list for summer reading is comprised of works of fiction that have been influenced by historical events, or reflect interesting and important historical developments. We encourage you to read these books over the summer and hope that they will prompt you to think about history and make you even more excited about studying it.

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
  • The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov

International Politics

Baylis. J. Smith. S & Owens. P (eds). (2011). The Globalization of World Politics.

Mazower. M.(2012).Governing the World.

Zehfuss. M & Edkins. J (eds). Global Politics: A New Introduction

International Political Economy

Ronen, P (ed.) Global Political Economy: Contemporary Theories (2nd edition)

Schwartz,H. (2009). States versus Markets: The Emergence of a Global Economy (3rdedition)

Journalism

On the Journalism course, it is important that students keep up-to-date with developments in current affairs in the UK and internationally. We recommend that students follow the news from BBC Radio 4, BBC News, Sky News, The Telegraph and The Guardian on a regular basis.

General

Marr, A. (2004). My Trade, a short history of British journalism.

Randall, D. (2001 ). The Universal Journalist (3rd edition)

Journalism Issues and Ethical Dilemmas

Curran, J & Seaton,J. (2009). Power without Responsibility: Press, broadcasting and the internet in Britain.

Engel, M. (1996). Tickle the Public.

Journalism skills

Sissons, H. (2009). Practical Journalism: How to write news

McKane, A. (2006). Newswriting.

BBC: Journalism Academy

Issues in British Media/History of Journalism

Brock, G.(2013). Out of Print.

Conboy, M. (2011). Journalism in Britain, a historical introduction.

Students may also find it beneficial to broaden their knowledge of the UK media and journalism industry by reading articles on The Guardian Media and Journalism.co.uk

Politics and Current Affairs

Jones, B & Norton, P. (2013). Politics UK (8th edition)

Morgan,K.O.(2001). Britain Since 1945: The People's Peace.

Music

We have a specialised reading list to assist students in preparing for the start of the BMus course.

Psychology

Below are some recommended pop science style psychology books that will help to prepare you for the start of your course:

Dalton, A. - The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers

Goldacre, B. - Bad Science

Kahneman, D. - Thinking Fast and Slow

Ronson, J. - The Psychopath Test

Sacks, O. - The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

Silverman, S. - Neurotribes

Learning about statistics is a core part of studying psychology.  We therefore recommend that you read one of the following books before starting your course:

Hanna, D. & Dempster, M. - Psychology Statistics for Dummies

Rowntree, D. - Statistics without Tears: An Introduction for Non–Mathematicians

Sociology

Students should stay up to date with current affairs in order to prepare them for the start of their course. Useful websites include: BBC News, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

You can also find academics writing about current topics relating to criminology, sociology, media and communication on Discover Society and The Conversation.

English

Here are the books you need to have for term 1 of your English degree at City. You can buy them as e-books, if available. The third item (Counsell and Wolf) will be available as an e-book through the Library website from August 2018 to registered students.

  • Stephen Greenblatt et al, eds., The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th ed., vols A, B, C (New York: Norton, 2012) – all three volumes.
  • Joanna Wolf and Laura Wilder, Digging into Literature: Strategies for Reading, Analysis, and Writing (Boston and New York: Bedford/ St. Martin’s Press, 2016).
  • Colin Counsell and Lisa Wolf, eds., Performance Analysis: A Coursebook (New York: Routledge, 2001).
  • Helon Habila, Waiting for an Angel (2002; any edition is fine)
  • Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976; any edition is fine)
  • Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985; any edition is fine)
  • Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990; any edition is fine)

The following are recommended guides and reference materials for your degree:

  • M.H. Abrams and Geoffrey Harpham, A Glossary of Literary Terms, 10th ed. (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage, 2011) – any edition is useful.
  • Lois Tyson, Critical Theory Today : A User-Friendly Guide, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2014)
  • Stella Cottrell, The Study Skills Handbook, 4th ed.(Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Fuller reading lists for your course will be supplied once you are registered as a student.

Politics

Acemoglu, D., & Robinson, J. (2012). Why nations fail: The origins of power, prosperity, and poverty. Crown Business.

Huntington, Samuel P. (1968). Political Order in Changing Societies. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Wilkinson, Steven. (2004). Votes and Violence: Electoral Competition and Ethnic Riots in India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering

Civil Engineering

  • How things work: The physics of everyday life, by Louis Bloomfield
  • Just six numbers: The deep numbers that shape the Universe, by Sir Martin Rees
  • Science: The definitive visual guide, edited by Adam Hart-Davis
  • Structural engineering for architects: A handbook, by Peter Silver and Will McLean

Computer Science

  • Java: A Beginners Guide. Sixth Edition. Herbert Schildt. Oracle Press 2014. ISBN 978007180925-2
  • Schaum’s Outline Of Discrete Mathematics. 3rd Edition.  Lipschutz and Lipson ISBN 978-0071615860

Electrical Engineering

  • Boylestad, L.R. (2010). Introductory circuit analysis.
  • Boylestad, R.L & Nashelsky, L. (2013). Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory.
  • Enderle,J & Bronzine, J. (2012). Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. (3rd edition).
  • Walker, J.S. (2009).Physics (4th edition).

Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

  • Beer.P.F, Rusell Johnston, E, Eisenberg, E.R, E.Clausen. W & H.Staah. Geroge. (2003). Vector mechanics for Engineers: Statics and dynamics (7th edition)
  • Callister, D.W. (2010). Materials Science and Engineering (8th edition)
  • Cegnel, Y.A, Boles,M.A. (2012). Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach.
  • Douglas, D.F, Gasiorek, J, Swaffield, J & Jack, L. (2011). Fluid Mechanics (6th edition)
  • Ganguly,P.K. (2014). Introduction to electrical engineering.
  • Gere, J.M & Goodno.B.J. (2012). Mechanics of Materials.(6th edition)
  • Jones ,D.R.H & M.F Ashby.. (2005). Engineering Materials 1: An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design. M.S, Williams and J.D, Todd. (2000) Structures: theory and analysis.
  • Powell, R. (1995).Introduction to Electric Circuits.(8th edition).

Mathematics (including combinations)

You will not need to purchase many books for the modules on the Mathematical Science course, as typically lecturers will give you supplement lecture notes with extra reading using the books in the library. However, the recommendation below will be useful for you in preparing to study Mathematical Science at degree level for all degree combinations:

Alcock, L. (2014). How to study for a mathematics degree.

School of Health Sciences

Midwifery

We have a specialised reading list to assist students in preparing for the start of the Midwifery course. Students should note that students must complete the tasks in the Biology Textbook section of the reading list, including the precourse reading: Orientation to the Human Body workbook.

Child Nursing

We have a specialised reading list to assist students in preparing for the start of the Child Nursing course. Students should note that students must complete the tasks in the Biology Textbook section of the reading list, including the precourse reading: Orientation to the Human Body workbook.

Students are recommended to read one of the weekly nursing journals (e.g. Nursing Times or Nursing Standard) so they can become acquainted with the current issues in nursing and health care.

Mental Health Nursing

We have a specialised reading list to assist students in preparing for the start of the Mental Health Nursing course. Your reading list will be published here shortly. Students should note that they must complete the tasks in the Biology Textbook section of the reading list, including the precourse reading: Orientation to the Human Body workbook.

Students are recommended to read one of the weekly nursing journals (e.g. Nursing Times or Nursing Standard) so they can become acquainted with the current issues in nursing and health care.

Adult Nursing

We have a specialised reading list to assist students in preparing for the start of the Adult Nursing course. Students should note that they must complete the tasks in the Biology Textbook section of the reading list, including the precourse reading: Orientation to the Human Body workbook.

Students are recommended to read one of the weekly nursing journals (e.g. Nursing Times or Nursing Standard) so they can become acquainted with the current issues in nursing and health care.

Health and Social Care

  • Alcock, P, May, M & Wright, S (Eds.) (2016). The Student’s Companion to Social Policy, 5th Edition. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Aveyard, H et al. (2015). A Beginner's Guide To Critical Thinking And Writing In Health And Social Care. 2nd Edition. Open University Press.
  • Barry, A-M & Yuill, C (2016) Understanding the Sociology of Health, 4th Edition. London: SAGE.
  • Mental Health Foundation (2015) Fundamental Facts About Mental Health 2015. At: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/fundamental-facts-about-mental-health-2015
  • Naidoo, J & Wills, J (eds.) (2015) Health Studies: An Introduction, 3rd Edition. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • NHS England (2014). NHS Five Year Forward View. At: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/futurenhs/
  • Pickett, K & Wilkinson, R (2010). The Spirit Level: why equality is better for everyone. London: Penguin.

Speech and Language Therapy

None of the texts suggested below are required reading however if future students would like to do some advance reading these course books have been suggested by module leaders.

  • Kersner, M. & Wright, J. (2012). Speech and Language Therapy. Routledge.
  • Berk, L. (2013). Child Development (9th Ed) .Pearson International.
  • Knight, R-A. (2012) Phonetics: A Coursebook, Cambridge University Press.
  • Seikel, J.A., King, D.W., & Drumright, D.G. 4th Edition. (2009). Anatomy and Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing. Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Higgs, J., Ajjawi, R., McAllister, L., Trede, F. & Loftus, S. (2012). Communicating in the Health Sciences. Oxford University Press.
  • Stackhouse, J. and Wells, B. (1997). Children’s speech and literacy difficulties. A psycholinguistic framework. Whurr.

You are also encouraged to keep up to date with current policy and developments within Health, Education and Social Services through newspapers and websites.

Speech and Language Science

None of the texts suggested below are required reading however if future students would like to do some advance reading these course books have been suggested by module leaders.

  • Ashby, P. (1995). Speech Sounds. London: Routledge.
  • Abercrombie, D. (1967). Elements of General Phonetics. Edinburgh : University Press.
  • Bee, H., & Boyd, D. (2006). The Developing Child. Pearson International.
  • Chiat, S. (2000). Understanding Children with Language Problems. Cambridge: CUP
  • Finch, G. (2003). How to Study Linguistics - A Guide to Understanding Language. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Harley, T. (2001). The Psychology of Language: From Data to Theory. Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Hilari K. & Botting N. (eds) (2011) The impact of communication disability across the lifespan. London: J&R Press.
  • Higgs, J., Sefton, A., Street, A., McAllister, L., and Hay I. (2005). Communicating in the health and social sciences. Melbourne: Oxford University
  • Rouse, M. H. (2015). Neuroanatomy for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Seikel J. A., King D.W., Drumright F. G. (2005) Anatomy and Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing. Singluar.
    Trask, R. (1995). Language: The Basics. London: Routledge

You are also encouraged to keep up to date with current policy and developments within Health, Education and Social Services through newspapers and websites.

Optometry

We have a specialised reading list to assist students in preparing for the start of the Optometry course.

Radiography

We have a specialised reading list to assist students in preparing for the start of the Diagnostic Imaging course.

We have a specialised reading list to assist students in preparing for the start of the Radiotherapy & Oncology course.

The City Law School

Law

Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Human Rights: A critical introduction, Ian Loveland OUP, Oxford

Smith and Hogan's Criminal Law David Ormerod, OUP, Oxford

Law of Contract Laurence Koffman and Elizabeth MacDonald, OUP, Oxford

Tort Law: Text and Materials Mark Lunney and Ken Oliphant, OUP, Oxford

Learning the Law (14th Edition) Glanville Williams (2010) Sweet ad Maxwell, London or

What About Law, Catherine Barnard, Janet O'Sullivan, G J Virgo (2007) Hart, Oxford

Core text books

The City Law School will be providing students with the following core text books:

The English Legal System, Elliot and Quinn

Contract Law, E McKendrick

Criminal Law, Card,Cross and Jones

Public Law, Elliott and Thomas

Online resources

Lawbore is City University's law portal featuring useful content to help you with your studies in a variety of law subjects.  Lawbore has a range of useful website links, legal skills tutorials, a careers and alumni blog and much more. Learnmore, part of Lawbore was created with law undergraduates in mind, giving you more interactive ways to learn and understand various aspects of studying law including mooting, research and writing skills.