Hi all, I'm currently enrolled on a four year MSc course at Durham University in the U.K. Instead of completing this course in its entirety I am hoping to be able to move to the States (after completing my BSc) for a year or two and complete either an MSc or (as I think it'll have to be) an MS. However, I'm not too keen on the idea of committing to a PhD at any given institution at the moment. Given that I have absolutely no experience of the American education system I've no idea of where would really suit me. I'm particularly interested in theoretical physics, quantum physics, condensed matter physics and possibly particle physics (not studied thoroughly yet but I've enjoyed what we've covered). I got a 2:1 last year and am on track to get a high 2:1/first this year (my second). I've got a good set of extra-curriculars and should be able to find a decent reference or two. Basically I have no idea how the American education system compares to the British system and so don't know exactly where I should be looking. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much!