Hi, When I finish my undergraduate physics degree here in the USA, I would like to go on to get a PhD abroad, in particular in the United Kingdom. I have noticed that a lot of Universities in the US have programs that allow a BS in physics to go directly into a PhD program, rather than getting a Master's first. They are usually five year programs where the student will earn a Master's degree along the way to their doctorate. I have begun some cursory research into the PhD options at various UK schools, and I have yet to find one setup in similar fashion. All the ones I have seen require a Master's first before acceptance to their PhD program. Is this going to be the norm across the nation? My main reason for asking is that a move to the UK is a major deal. The UK master's programs I have seen are only 1 year in length and offer no guarantees of acceptance into a PhD program afterwards. I work full time now and will have to give up my current job when I make the transition to graduate work. Plus I will have to spend a great deal of my savings to finance the move If I'm going to make such a drastic change in my life, I would feel much better about it if I knew I was going to be moving for a four or five year period as opposed to only 1 year. Thanks for any help in advance!