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    I'm currently studying for my masters in microbiology in the Uk and I've always wanted to study for my Phd. My parents have just announced that in september they will be moving to tennessee and as I am 21 I need to figure out what my best route over there with them is because apparently I can't just go out with them on a family visa So i either need to get a work visa or go out there on a student one. However, having tried to look into PhDs in America it seems very different then it does over here and I'm struggling to understand what I need to do. Any help or information would be so helpful!
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    (Original post by JesscaB)
    I'm currently studying for my masters in microbiology in the Uk and I've always wanted to study for my Phd. My parents have just announced that in september they will be moving to tennessee and as I am 21 I need to figure out what my best route over there with them is because apparently I can't just go out with them on a family visa So i either need to get a work visa or go out there on a student one. However, having tried to look into PhDs in America it seems very different then it does over here and I'm struggling to understand what I need to do. Any help or information would be so helpful!
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    What is confusing about the process? This is a UK site so you may not get many responses on here. I'm moving this to the international study forum for you. I did this a long time ago but things may have changed. The main differences are that the program is longer, you will have to do your masters again effectively, there's a lot of teaching though most people are fully funded. Oh and you have to take the GMAT and some subject tests.
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    You don't generally need to take the GMAT, most courses require the GRE and a transcript from your undergrad/Masters universities. GMAT is mostly a business/management grad school test. As for other differences, in the US most programs don't require you to have a specific project in mind before enrolling. You can have an interest in microbiology without having written a proposal for your PhD project, and in the US this would be absolutely fine whereas British universities often tie you down to one specific lab and one specific project. In the sciences, funding is also often centralised i.e. you apply to the graduate programme for the position and funding rather than the programme for the position and another body for funding as is often the case in the UK. Apart from that, requirements for science PhDs are similar.
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    The above is good advice, I would just add that PhDs in the US usually include a couple years of coursework while you rotate through labs - so you "earn" a masters along the way. If you have a standalone masters then you may have some of the taught elements waived. Either way you also will need to take a "super exam" normally after a couple years, to progress to the pure research stage.
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    it is too expensive over there, don't do it
    (Original post by JesscaB)
    I'm currently studying for my masters in microbiology in the Uk and I've always wanted to study for my Phd. My parents have just announced that in september they will be moving to tennessee and as I am 21 I need to figure out what my best route over there with them is because apparently I can't just go out with them on a family visa So i either need to get a work visa or go out there on a student one. However, having tried to look into PhDs in America it seems very different then it does over here and I'm struggling to understand what I need to do. Any help or information would be so helpful!
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