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weasleyfan in hp_britglish

University and career path - is anyone still here?

Hello? I hope someone still looks at this community now and then. The first page, at least, is full of spam. :( I need some Brit-picking help! I'm a nurse in the U.S. and like to incorporate medical type stuff into my fanfic as much as I'm able.

I'm working on a fanfic in which Severus has always kept one foot in the Muggle world, so to speak. He went to (where?) University - funded by his D.E. ties, the financial incentive and admissions-qualifications help for which was the final promise that seduced him to their side. Snape is, at the time of my story, a fully licensed and capable pharmacist is the word we use in the U.S.

Here in the U.S., the pharmacists have as much or sometimes more schooling than medical doctors, and they're the ones who are employed in research and development of new medications and/or the compounding and dispensing of existing ones. There is a bit of a professional rivalry between Pharmacists and Doctors, here at least, because Pharmacists are supposed to double-check doseages and things, laboratory interactions with folks with kidney failure, on blood thinners, etc., etc., and catch/correct physician errors before they occur. Physicians, being the somewhat narcissistic people they can often be, don't much like being corrected, and so there is some friction there.

What is a pharmacist called in the U.K.? Chemist? Druggist? If Snape works for a pharmacy where people go to buy their medicine, is it the Chemists? Where would be a fairly prestigous/difficult to get into University where he could have obtained this degree? Is it a PhD there? How many years, roughly would he have gone to school to obtain this degree?

What are some common, over-the-counter medications that an ordinary British Muggle might keep in the house? Here, we have things like tylenol/acetaminophen (a pain reliever/fever-reducer that is not an anti-inflammatory), ibuprofen/Advil (pain-reliever/fever-reducer that is an anti-inflammatory), various cold remedies like NyQuil, Benadryl (useful for seasonal allergies or intermittent allergies like sniffles/sneezing from exposure to cats if one is allergic), etc.

Any information you have time/interest to provide to me would be most welcome! Thank you!!

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The spam is annoying, but it's still on my feed :-)

First off, given Snape's age, he would have been going to University in the 1980s and he would have needed no financial help because his tuition would be completely from the government, and given what we know of his Muggle background, he would have received a full student grant, which would be enough to live on. Not luxurious, though, so I'm sure a bit of Death Eater cash would have been a nice extra, plus help faking his A-levels :-)

If Snape is actually doing research, then he will have a PhD in pharmacology (or a different medical-related science, e.g. physiology). If he works in a chemist's, then he will be colloquially known as a chemist and if he is the actual pharmacist rather than an assistant, these days he will indeed have a degree in the subject. Not sure about the early 1980s, though, things may have changed. Ah! The https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Pharmaceutical_Society_of_Great_Britain would be worth looking into for education details at the time. Chemists/pharmacists are indeed meant to check doctors' recommended doses, but I've no idea of professional rivalries.

Some things that may be in a UK Muggle medicine cabinet:

- TCP (antiseptic). Possibly Dettol instead.
- Savlon is a popular antiseptic ointment, as is Germoline.
- plasters (not Band Aids, which is the US brand name)
- paracetamol (the standard UK generic name for acetaminophen)
- Calpol - leading brand of liquid paracetamol for kids.
- NOW ibuprofen/Neurofen
- 1980s, aspirin (Disprin for children)
- Beecham's is the leading brand-name cold cure.
- Benalyn is the leading cough mixture brand (or just cough mixture)
- Calomine lotion (for kids with chicken pox)

NB Do not forget the existence of the NHS or assume it works like the US healthcare system, which I've seen in quite a few Potter fics over the years.

Enjoy writing!

This is so helpful, thank you!!

I forgot about the gov't funding of University. Is there still some competition to be accepted into the programs? Or some universities being more prestigious than others? I don't know much about U.K. universities or their names but Oxford and Cambridge. :p Is there somewhere the "upper class" people go versus the "normal folks"? Private versus public University, perhaps?
The usual way was by getting enough A Level passes at a high enough level. Some subjects needed higher marks than others - to become a doctor one needed 3 As in Science subjects but to become veterinarian surgeon it was harder - same marks but plus spending a significant time working with animals.

As to universities, to the best of my recollection Bristol was noteworthy for languages and Durham for archaeology; I can't remember about the rest. No "private" universities; after Oxford and Cambridge stopped having their own entrance exams all were part ofthesame basic system. Being upper class could only be an advantage if one could get private coaching, but one would still need the basic ability/knowledge to get through the exams, and any suggestion of cheating would create a major scandal. Minorities were under represented, and upper middle class over represented at Oxford and Cambridge, but this was widely seen as a flaw.
Being upper class could only be an advantage if one could get private coaching, but one would still need the basic ability/knowledge to get through the exams, and any suggestion of cheating would create a major scandal.
In theory, anyway; n practice, because offers were made based on an interview, being upper-class tended to result in a higher chance of being seen as "one of us". Even much more recently, there have been reports of Oxbridge dons turning down people based on their accent, and there are certainly rumours that knowing the right people was helpful in getting you into the college of your choice.
I went up to Cambridge in 1976, having passed an Oxbridge entrance exam and had an interview where my exceptionally working class Manchester accent was apparently no handicap! (I had chosen a very left-wing college, King's).

I read history, but I had several friends who were reading medicine. I don't know if pharmacology was a part of their course, but I seem to remember that they did only two years of medicine at Cambridge and then went elsewhere to complete their training.
Oxford and Cambridge's own admissions departments say that going to a posh school is an advantage because it means you're more likely to know which are the less competitive courses to apply to. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯