The University of Aberdeen is home to students from over 120 countries worldwide. Of the approximate 16,000 current students at Aberdeen around 19% are from countries outside of the United Kingdom. There are over 30 students from Latin and South America on our campus including students from Mexico, Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela.

Science without Borders

Science without Borders (SwB) is a Brazilian Government scholarship programme which aims to send around 100,000 Brazilian students on undergraduate sandwich programmes, PhD sandwich programmes and full PhDs to selected universities around the world to study in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) over the next 4 years. The first cohort of students took up their studies in September 2012. It is planned that 10,000 of these students will enrol on programmes in the UK.  Around 7000 will be undergraduate, 2400 sandwich PhD and 600 full time PhD students. 

The University of Aberdeen is one of 81 UK universities participating in the SwB scheme.

1. Scholarships for Undergraduate Study (undergraduate sandwich programmes)

Students must be Brazilian nationals who are current undergraduate students enrolled at a university in Brazil. They need to have completed between 20% and 90% of their programme in Brazil. Students must first be nominated by their Brazilian university before applying for approval to CsF (Ciência sem Fronteiras) Brazil to participate in the SwB programme. Students will then be able to apply for a place at a UK HEU via SwB UK. Students study in the UK for a full academic year (12 months) which includes a three month placement.

Applications for undergraduate sandwich courses have now closed for 2014 entry. The University of Aberdeen has two start dates and welcomes applications for September 2014 and January 2015 entry. Please be aware that it is unlikely that level 4 Engineering courses will be available to incoming students.

Below is a list of courses for which visiting students can apply for both September 2014 and January 2015 entry.

Below is a list of courses for which visiting students can apply for both January and September 2014 entry.

2. Scholarships for Postgraduate Study

Sandwich PhD: students who are currently studying for a PhD in Brazil can apply to spend 6-12 months at the University of Aberdeen on a sandwich PhD. Applicants must have completed at least one year of their PhD studies in Brazil, representing about 30% of their degree.

Full PhD (3-4 years): The University of Aberdeen also welcomes applications from students for a full PhD (3-4 years). Students should have obtained a Master degree (or equivalent) from a reputable Brazilian university and must be in good academic standing.

Please note that there is currently no funding for Master programmes in the UK.

Next Steps

  • Familiarise yourself with our research profile and read the relevant information on our website
  • If there is a good fit between your area of interest and our research, contact potential supervisor/s and discuss your proposal with them. Send him/her a summary of your research proposal (we recommend that this should not be longer than max.  500 words)
  • Once you’ve identified a supervisor, apply through our website at
  • Upon receipt of a conditional offer from us, apply to CsF (Ciência sem Fronteiras) by their deadline
  • Your research proposal will be considered by committees in Brazil and, if successful, funding will be awarded to you.
  • Send your confirmation letter to the University of Aberdeen which will issue a CAS (this will be sent to you via email).
  • You can then apply for a TIER 4 visa through UKBA in Brazil.
  • A flowchart of the PhD application process through SwB can be found here
  • Please inform the International Partnerships Team once you have applied to the University of Aberdeen, by emailing your name, course of study and application number to Notify the team again once you have accepted your offer.

Research Expertise at the University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest University in UK. Through the years, the University has never deviated from its core ideals on teaching, learning and discovery. Ambitious and research-driven, the University offers an encouraging, stimulating and supportive environment to students. The University of Aberdeen has a student population of approximately 16,000 and attracts a large international community of students and staff from over 120 countries. The University takes great pride in having a flexible learning environment where students are encouraged to build on their specific skills and discover new interests.

The University is based in Aberdeen, Europe’s Oil Capital, has academic links all over the world, and is the ideal place to study for those with an interest in the energy industry and the challenges it faces.  From major research on the environment of the deepest oceans to the latest teaching on global economics, we thrive on developing solutions which will boost the sustainability and competitiveness of the energy sector. Our College of Life Sciences and Medicine offers students a wealth of opportunities in areas such as Health, Biomedical Sciences and Marine Sciences. Its reputation for excellence is long established – for example the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) was invented by the Aberdeen Medical School – and we remain world experts in medical imaging.

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Eligible Subject Areas – STEM subjects

  • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geosciences)
  • Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Sciences
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sustainable Agricultural Production
  • Oil, Gas and Coal
  • Renewable Energy
  • Minerals Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology and New Materials
  • Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Disasters
  • Bio Prospecting and Biodiversity
  • Marine Sciences
  • New Technologies in Construction Engineering

Scholarships for Postdocs

Postdoctoral applicants from Brazil are advised to contact CsF (Ciência sem Fronteiras) directly regarding applying for postdoctoral positions in the UK.

English Language Courses

Students can also obtain funding for 3 month and 6 month pre-sessional English courses. Further information can be found on the SwB website.

Information on English language requirements and English language programmes at the University of Aberdeen -

Further Information

Brazil Contacts
  • CAPES - The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior)                        
  • CNPq - The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico)                                
UK Contacts

Universities UK (UUK) – Science without Borders

University of Aberdeen

You can also contact our Study Abroad team for more information at