Hello, I am interested in attending a graduate program in Ireland after completion of my BS in physics but am unsure of the lay of the land. A few questions I have are: 1. Is it possible to get into the Ph.D. program in the Ireland w/o a masters? If it is difficult is it possible to do the masters in the Ireland? 2. What is the funding situation like for a US student doing a Ph.d. and/or Master's in the UK? 3. Would it be possible to bring my wife along to work in the Ireland with I go to school? Also, we probably plan on staying after I am done to seek employment. 4. I am coming from a rather average school that would probably be mostly unknown in the Ireland(University of Massachusetts) and expect a final GPA in the 3.3-3.6 range. I don't expect to be going to Cambridge but are there reasonable school I could apply for in the Ireland? 5. Do you have to be ultra exceptional to get into anywhere abroad as a International student or will some places look at your qualification more lax as they want to promote an "international image" or something? Or atleast judge you the same as domestic applicants? Also I'm am of Irish heritage, unfortunately just one generation off of being again to become an Irish citizen I think, I have 3 Irish Great-Grandparents, does anyone know if there is any loop hole towards getting Irish Citizenship?