I think I understand the general difference between US and European PhD.
- GRE is compulsory to get admitted to any PhD programs.
- First we get admitted to the institution.
- Need to do extensive course work though if one has masters.
- Will decide about the area of PhD only after completing the course work.
Europe & Australia
GRE is not compulsory, but might help to improve the chance of getting an admission.
We will know the research area in the beginning.
Most seems to have no course work or little course work.
If I am right it seems both have its own advantages and disadvantages.
I want to apply for a PhD with extensive course work (in the beginning of PhD) but I must know which area I'll be doing my PhD when i get admitted and the PhD duration must be more than ones without any course work (i expect around 1+4 years of funding).
What are my best options considering the above concerns ?
Note: I am looking for PhD in Theoretical Physics