Ciência sem Fronteiras

Ciências sem Fronteiras scheme is a Brazilian government-sponsored programme encouraging educational mobility. UWE Bristol is a Ciências sem Fronteiras partner and offers scholarships to Brazilian students for one year of undergraduate study, full PhDs and sandwich PhDs in a variety of areas.

Ciência sem Fronteiras handbook

This handbook is your essential guide to studying at UWE Bristol through the Ciência sem Fronteiras programme.

It is very important that you read this handbook before you arrive at UWE Bristol and bring it with you so that you can refer to it during your stay.

Download a copy of the Ciência sem Fronteiras handbook.

Subject areas

Subject areas and courses available at UWE Bristol for Ciência sem Fronteiras applicants at PhD and undergraduate and postgraduate level.   


The following PhD research areas are available at UWE Bristol for Ciência sem Fronteiras applicants:

Health and Applied Sciences

  • Molecular mechanisms of type two diabetes.
  • Molecular mechanisms of stem cell transplantation.
  • Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and the role of the branched chain aminotransferase (BCAT) proteins in glutamate toxicity.
  • Role of RNA (Ribonucleic acid) alternative splicing in regulation of gene expression and cancer development.
  • Immune protection against upper respiratory tract infections using commensal Lactobacilli and Neisseriae.
  • Physiological and pharmacological function of lower urinary tract under pathological conditions.
  • Modelling fluid/porous systems: from generating electricity to surgery.
  • Human osteoblast responses to novel, bio-functionalised bone biomaterials.
  • NMR (Nuclear magnetic resonance) Studies of Protein Interactions.
  • The public understanding of meningitis and meningitis control strategies.
  • Oxidative stress, nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide signalling in plant-stress responses.
  • Biological and chemical decontamination in various environments.
  • Ecological risk assessment of genetically modified crops and crop improvement.
  • The role of plasmids in the control of bacteria/plant interaction.
  • Genetic regulation of fatty acid composition and fat partitioning in farm animals.
  • Marine ecology: ecological risk of heavy metals contamination
  • Ecosystem processes and global change.
  • Relating microbial functional diversity to the characterisation and decomposition of soil organic matter across terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Investigation into the evolution of virulence in plant pathogenic bacteria.
  • The effect of environmental conditions on the expression and activity of the beta-lactamase of Moraxella catarrhalis. 
  • Bioluminescent bacterial biosensors for health care applications.
  • Electrochemical biosensors for rapid analysis of fatty acid composition in relation to food quality and human health.
  • Chemical sensors and biosensors for diagnostic devices.
  • High-performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications.
  • Volatile-based sensors and protein biomarkers for detection of plant diseases.
  • Water Scavengers for the Dehydration of Aviation Fuels and Lubricants.

Environment and Technology

Portuguese introduction - Introdução português

  • Complex Cooperative Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Engineering
  • Unconventional Computing
  • Bio-Sensing Technology
  • Robotics
  • Machine Vision
  • Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Group
  • Applied Statistics
  • Science Communication
  • Manpower Scheduling
  • Construction and Property
  • Healthy Urban Environments
  • Transport and Society
  • Air Quality Management
  • Sustainable Planning and Environments
  • Floods, Communities and Resilience

Undergraduate and postgraduate

The following courses are available at UWE Bristol for Ciências sem Fronteiras applicants:

Health and Applied Sciences

Environment and Technology

Arts, Creative Industries and Education

For more information please contact

How to apply

Applicants will need to demonstrate a good understanding of English language and must meet the specific IELTS requirement for their course. To find out more details on the requirements or more information on the scheme, please email

For further details of how to apply for either undergraduate, postgraduate or research opportunities, please visit the Ciência sem Fronteiras website.

Why choose UWE Bristol?

Outstanding reputation for research

As a student of UWE Bristol, you will be studying at a university that believes in the power of partnerships. We are a founder sponsor of the BLOODHOUND SSC project, a car designed to take the land-speed record to over 1000mph/Mach 1.4. We are also leading on the Bloodhound@University, ensuring our students have access to exciting developments and data from the project.

The University also has an outstanding reputation for user-led research applicable to real world problems. This was demonstrated by RAE 2014, assessing more than half of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is based at UWE Bristol. A collaboration between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, BRL is the UK’s largest laboratory of its kind. BRL carries out cutting-edge research programmes focused on the development of autonomous robot systems. Our robotics students work closely with the BRL’s staff and researchers, providing firsthand experience of the latest technology and research in robotics. 

Our Centre for Research in Biosciences brings together world-class researchers in biomedicine, bio-sensing technology, plant service and environmental science. The Centre has links with about 200 organisations around the world, and collaborations with academic and industry partners are key to the quality of our research. Our partners include the University of Lisbon, Portugal; Iowa State University, USA; Dublin City University, Ireland and Brunel University, London.

Successful partnerships with Brazilian universities

UWE Bristol also has a history of successful relationships with a number of Brazilian universities across a range of subjects including the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Federal ABC and Universidade Estadual Paulista with many researchers, PhD students and post-doctorates based here.

A warm welcome

Selecting to study at UWE Bristol through the Ciência sem Fronteiras scheme will guarantee you a truly unforgettable student experience. UWE Bristol is one of the UK’s leading universities for graduate employment, and we have excellent links with leading global organisations such as Airbus, BBC, CERN, Hewlett-Packard, Santander and more.

Bristol is a brilliant city to study and live, famed for its music, festivals, food and culture. It is also only 90 minutes by train to London, and close to beautiful countryside.

While studying with us, you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities.

During your first few weeks, we will help you settle in and meet new people from around the world. These connections and contacts stay with you throughout your time at UWE Bristol, enriching your UK study experience. Throughout your time here, we’ll offer you the opportunity to go on trips to cities and attractions around the UK.

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