Factors influencing students in choosing to study pharmacy in Great Britain

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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.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)750-753
Number of pages4
JournalPharmaceutical Journal
Volume282
Issue number7557
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2009

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Published in Jesson, J. K. , Langley, C. A. , & Wilson, K. A. (2009). Factors influencing students in choosing to study pharmacy in Great Britain. Pharmaceutical journal, 282(7557), 750-753.

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