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Factors influencing students in choosing to study pharmacy in Great Britain

AIM: To produce empirical evidence on the commitment to study pharmacy in terms of what motivates and influences students in their choice of subject and university

By Jill Jesson, Chris Langley and Keith Wilson

Jill Jesson, BSc, PhD, is a lecturer at the Aston Business School, Chris A. Langley, PhD, MRPharmS, is a senior lecturer in pharmacy practice at the School of Life and Health Sciences and Keith A. Wilson,PhD, FRPharmS, is professor of pharmacy practice and deputy dean  atthe School of Life and Health Sciences, all at Aston University

Correspondence to:
Dr Jesson at Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET
e-mail j.k.jesson@aston.ac.uk

Abstract

Aim

To produce empirical evidence on the commitment to study pharmacy in terms of what motivates and influences students in their choice of subject and university.

Design

Self-completion survey. Quantitative analysis by SPSS.

Subjects and setting

Year 1 and year 4 undergraduates in schools of pharmacy in Great Britain.

Results

The response rate was 35.2%. Students registered a high desire to study pharmacy; 73% of year 1 and 71% of year 4 placed it first priority at the time of application. Of those for whom it was not first choice, medicine was the preferred option. The two most important factors in choice were reputation of the school of pharmacy and reputation of the university.

Conclusion

This study confirms that most applicants to study pharmacy were strongly committed to the subject. In addition, this study has allowed us to put an empirical figure to the proportion of students who at the time of applying for pharmacy would rather study medicine.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10967640

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