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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!!


Some further detail on the university/qualifications stuff (though my knowledge is limited on the history too, as I started my Pharmacy degree in 2005 (and never finished it)).

You'd need an accredited four-year undergraduate degree, followed by a year's pre-registration training.

This is pretty much it. Pharmacy is a funny degree where you set out to do a Masters right from the start, sliding seamlessly from your 3 year BSc in Pharmaceutical Science into you Master of Pharmacy without any pause or graduation ceremony.

The main thing to know is that it is specifically the Masters year plus the pre-registration year that allows you to practice as a Pharmacist.

Much of the final year is very practically and clinically focused, having used the previous three years to learn the science (and what a lot of science there is!) with a smattering of practical skills.

Pharmacologists develop drugs and do the research side, and would only interact with patients on drug trials. Pharmacist are health professionals

As extra info, as far as I could tell from my own lecturers' career paths and our discussed career options, it is perfectly possible for pharmacists to work in drug research but certainly not possible for a pharmacologist to practice clinically. They would need a top-up qualification of some kind.

I don't know who would have been offering a pharmacy degree in the 1980s, but it's probably a faaaaairly safe bet that the redbrickish universities were: Newcastle, Nottingham, Aston, UCL, and probably Birmingham, Durham and Manchester

Newcastle, Birmingham and Durham did not offer an MPharm degree in 2005 so they seem to be recent additions. In fact, I'd say the list in the link has about doubled since I was looking at courses!

Cardiff, where I studied, has been offering degrees in Pharmacy since at least the 1930s based on the photos around the place.

(I have to say, our head of undergraduate studies had a somewhat Snape-ish manner at times. "Some of you probably thought first year was difficult. Well, second year will be 10 times as difficult.")