I would like to know which countries allow admission to a PhD program directly after finishing a Bachelor's (Life Science), without requiring an intervening Master's degree?

And if you go directly into a PhD after the B.S., which countries support it? In India(my country), it is nearly impossible other than you join a integrated course.

Is it same everywhere?

  • So having a bachelors degree in india makes it impossible to get a PhD? That seems a bit weird.
    – Neo
    Jul 13, 2014 at 18:03
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    @Neo: In most countries other than the US, UK, and Canada, it's very difficult to get admission to a PhD program without already having a master's degree.
    – aeismail
    Jul 13, 2014 at 18:07
  • These questions may help you: PhD in Germany after Bachelors and Applying to Ph.D. with 5 years in Bachelors
    – enthu
    Jul 13, 2014 at 18:23
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    This is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum, so this isn't the place for an "open to all stream discussion". Please edit your question to be a lot more specific.
    – 410 gone
    Jul 13, 2014 at 19:31
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    I edited for clarity.
    – RoboKaren
    Jul 13, 2014 at 20:18

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In general, applying for a Ph.D. program in life sciences with just a bachelor's degree is possible in at least some of the US universities (I do not know, however, to which extent this affects your chances at acceptance).

E.g. the Harvard medical school web site says "Minimal requirements include a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate preparation in the sciences."

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