Science Without Borders

Science Without Borders

What is Science without Borders?

Science without Borders is a Brazillian government scheme for second and third year students who want to come and study in the UK. The scheme runs for one year and involves nine months' study at a UK university and a three month work placement or extended project exercise.

Translation into Portuguese

Why choose Derby?

  • Students at Derby use hi-tech, state-of-the-art facilities to follow highly-developed programmes in Science, Engineering, Computing, Arts and Creative Industries
  • Derby students generate world-class portfolios of innovative and creative projects
  • University of Derby has many links with major industries, such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier, all based in Derby
  • Derby is located in the centre of the UK. It is a compact, lively city, only 90 minutes from London by train
  • Derby has two campuses. One is in the centre of Derby. The second is at Buxton which is located on the edge of England's famous Peak District National Park
  • Students at Derby can make full use of its facilities, including high-adrenaline Sports activities such as canoeing and rock-climbing.
  • At Derby you will receive a strong support network from our dedicated Science without Borders Team and our International Student Centre who can help with all aspects of arrivals, study, placements and welfare
  • Here you will join an already thriving community of SWB students, who have fitted perfectly in with the International and UK student body at the University.
  • Regular trips are organised across the UK (to London, Liverpool, York and more), as well as University- wide events, such as the annual Festa Junina and Brazilian ‘Carnaval’ party to celebrate carnival week. To see more on this click here.
  • Following the completing of your study here you will be invited to join an official alumni group, through which we will maintain links with you once you go back to Brazil. To view our current and alumni student Case studies click here.
  • We offer a range of 3 month and 6 month pre-sessional English courses for progression into all of the subjects that we offer, for those students whose English is not at the required level. For more information on our English classes click here.

What subjects do we offer?

The course you choose will have to be compatible with the course you're currently studying in Brazil. 

Programmes are categorised into the following;

  • Biology, Biomedical and Health Science
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Creative Industries
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology

The full list of programmes available to Science without Borders students can be found by viewing this Course List.

Please note that your module choice will be determined by negotiation with the programme team for your subject. We will do our best to facilitate this consultation prior to your arrival, but final plans of study will need to be confirmed during your induction.


The University of Derby has a number of research and PhD opportunities which are eligible for funding under the Science without Borders Scheme.  Contact the Research Office for further information.

Areas of research available include:

Placement opportunities

As part of the Programme you will spend three months on placement with companies located in either Derby or the surrounding area. There are many companies available for you to undertake your placement with ranging from small local companies to multi-national organisations. Companies include Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, JCB, Nestle, Award Publications, Fusion Group and DHL. 

Further details on placements can be found here.

Applications 2015

If you're interested in September 2015 entry, please visit the Science without Borders website.

Contact us by email for more information about the Science without Borders programme.