Choosing a course of study and career in pharmacy—student attitudes and intentions across three years at a New Zealand School of Pharmacy


  • Stuart Capstick School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • James A. Green School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Rosemary Beresford School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


Choosing pharmacy, career choice, survey, undergraduate


Factors influencing undergraduates’ selection of Pharmacy as a course of study, career, study and professional perspectives were evaluated by survey over the years 2004 – 2006 at Otago University, New Zealand. Altruistic intent emerged as a powerful motivator for choosing pharmacy and entrepreneurial career intentions were prominent. A sizeable though declining number of students selected pharmacy secondarily to medicine or dentistry. Gender differences were found between intended areas of practice.


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