Brazilian Scientific Mobility Programme – Ciência sem Fronteiras

Brunel University is proud to be one of 70 UK universities participating in Brazilian Scientific Mobility Programme (Ciência sem Fronteiras).


About the Science without Borders (SwB) Programme

The Brazilian Government scholarship programme aims to send over 100,000 Brazilian students on undergraduate and PhD sandwich courses, and full PhDs to top universities around the world.

The subjects covered by can be found on the UK International Unit's website. They include: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM subjects) and Creative Industries.

Why choose Brunel University?

Brunel is a modern, campus-based university, providing a world class education. Currently ranked 15th as the most International University in the World (Times Higher Education, 2014), Brunel is based in a fantastic West London location, and is home to nearly 15,000 students from over 110 countries worldwide.

Our campus, accommodation and student services

Over £400 million had been invested in Brunel’s vibrant campus, which is located close to Heathrow airport and is a short ride away to central London by public transport.The University possesses an impressive range of state-of-the-art teaching, social and Olympic-standard sporting facilities.

The University offers 4,500 rooms on campus with excellent facilities. Information on accommodation offered for students on the SwB programme can be found here.

All our incoming students are offered a free orientation programme, day trips to famous UK tourist destinations and regular on campus events.

Undergraduate Courses

What subjects do we offer?

View a full list of the *Undergraduate courses currently available for Brazilian Scientific Mobility Programme Students.

*Undergraduate sandwich programmes consist of nine months academic study and a three month supervised research project or industrial placement.

Placement opportunities

As part of the programme all students will undertake a three month industrial work placement or supervised research project. Previous SwB students at Brunel have worked for local and national companies, and completed relevant research projects within their chosen field of study.

Pre-Sessional English

Our award winning Brunel Language Centre (Brunel Language Centre) offers classes for students interested in taking a Pre-sessional English course before starting their Programme of Study.

The Brunel Language Centre was recently rated as one of the best University language centres in the UK. Students at Brunel Language Centre benefit from small class sizes, friendly and well informed teachers, and an engaging social programme.

For information on our English language requirements, please click here.

For information on our Pre-Sessional English courses and entry requirements, please click here.


PhD Programmes

The Brazilian Scientific Mobility Programme offers various routes for postgraduate students to study in the UK. Students currently studying for a PhD in Brazil can apply to spend 6-12 months at a UK university as part of a 'sandwich PhD'. Alternatively students can apply to study for a full PhD at a UK university for 3-4 years.

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. The subject areas that fit into the SwB categories are:

  • Engineering and Design
  • Information Systems, Computing and Maths
  • Arts
  • Sport and Education
  • Health Sciences and Social Care
  • Environment

View a full list of the programmes (please note that only the courses within the above subjects qualify).

Whether you are planning to apply for a one-year sandwich PhD or a full PhD, please look at our web pages initially to ensure that we have expertise in the area that you are interested in. Once you have identified a potential supervisor, please email them an outline of your research interests.

Follow the SwB guide for more information on their funded PhD opportunities.

For further information on pursuing a research degree at Brunel University (including finding a supervisor and writing a research proposal) please visit the how to apply pages of our website. 

Post-doctoral researchers

The SwB scheme also allows Brazilian postdoctoral researchers to apply to come to the UK for up to 2 years. Postdoctoral researchers should make direct contact with a Brunel academic or School (as listed above) that they wish to work with. Normally they are treated as an academic visitor and are not employed by the UK University.
The researcher would be eligible for a Tier 5 or Academic Visitor visa, if coming for up to 12 months. Postdoctoral applicants from Brazil are advised to contact Ciência sem Fronteiras directly regarding applying for postdoctoral positions in the UK.


Frequently Asked Questions

What subjects can I choose from?

Can I choose which modules I do?

  • Each subject will typically cover a selection of Level 2 and 3 year modules. However, this may vary by School. In some instances, students can register to take modules from similar courses. The modules you will take will be agreed between the School and yourself when you arrive, so you will have a set of modules that fit their programme. It will be tailored for each student so it is not possible to do this beforehand, and will be subject to timetabling schedules.

What will happen in the three month placement?

  • During the summer, you will either complete an industrial work placement in London or the local area, or be assigned a supervised research project.

What English Language requirements do I need?

  • All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. In general, our courses ask for an English level of between IELTS 6.0 and 7.0 or equivalent. All courses at Brunel have an English language requirement, which is listed under 'entry criteria' on the relevant course page. Pre-sessional English courses are also available for students before starting their Programme of Study.

Will I live in campus accommodation?

  • Yes, Pre-Sessional students and those arriving in September 2014 will be allocated in standard room accommodation within Saltash Hall. 

How do I apply for accommodation?

  • The Accommodation Office will be aware that you are coming to the University as a group and you will be accommodated in our Halls of Residence in standard rooms (shared bath/shower room and kitchen facilities). If you wish to be housed close to a particular friend, then please let the Accommodation Office know. Once you receive your offer from Brunel, you need to complete the online accommodation form. Once you have completed the application form the Accommodation Office will send you further details of your accommodation and what to do for your arrival into Halls. The accommodation is self-catering and you will share the kitchen and bathroom with the other occupants of the flat. For clarification the SwB funding does not include catered meals or a meal plan.

Will I have the option to upgrade my room to an en-suite?

  • Yes, for an additional charge, you can upgrade your room to an en-suite. You will need to request this as your preference when applying for your accommodation via the accommodation page.

How long can I stay in the accommodation?

  • Your accommodation dates are from Sunday, 7 September 2014, to 10:00am on Friday, 6 September 2015. Please note that you can move into your accommodation after Sunday, 7 September 2014, but you are unable to stay beyond 10:00am on Friday, 6 September 2015.


Once you have made your application through the UK International Unit, please see the details below for further information on:

Page last updated: Tuesday 22 September 2015