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An Award-winning Education at the University of Nottingham

nottingham-logo“Nottingham is the nearest Britain has to a truly global university.” –The Times Good University Guide 2014

With over 43,000 students from more than 150 countries; award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China, and Malaysia; and a history of excellence spanning over 125 years, The University of Nottingham is ranked in the top 70 universities worldwide by the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016.

The University of Nottingham is a founder member of the Russell Group (a group of 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining world class research), an outstanding teaching and learning experience, and has unrivaled links with business and the public sector.

The latest REF (2014) ranked Nottingham 8th in the UK in terms of research power. More than 80% of Nottingham research is ranked as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’

In a poll of more than 20,000 students across the UK, Nottingham was named number one for giving students the best employment prospects when leaving university (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2015).


The University of Nottingham has an extensive scholarship portfolio, which aims to reward excellence and promote diversity among its student body.

The University of Nottingham is pleased to be participating in the Brazilian government’s Ciência sem Fronteiras UK (CsF UK) scheme. CsF UK is open to Brazilian undergraduate students who wish to spend one year in the UK, and to Brazilian postgraduate students who wish to undertake a PhD or to spend a short-term postgraduate research period in the UK.

Other scholarships which Brazilian students are eligible to apply for include:

Postgraduate Programme: PhD Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham is internationally recognised for its world-class teaching and research. An impressive 98% of the research is defined as being of international quality (REF 2014). The university investigates renewable and clean energy generation, life-saving healthcare technologies, pioneering manufacturing processes, and future transport technologies. Many of its research projects are multidisciplinary in nature, bringing together a diverse range of specialists from across the university, research institutions, industry partners, and government departments to develop novel solutions for challenging global issues.


The university’s key partnerships include the federal research and education funder, CAPES; Brazil National Observatory; the Federal Aerospace Consortium of Minas Gerais; ITA; and the state Education funder, FIERJ.

Nottingham’s partnership with CAPES is built around the development of a federal training programme which includes PhD scholarships, UG, doctoral and postdoctoral exchange, and visiting fellowships in Drug Discovery. The programme has led to Nottingham becoming CAPES’s first strategic partner in the UK.

Links with leading companies include EMBRAER, Rolls Royce, Petrobras, and GE.


The University of Cambridge – A Legacy of Excellence

cambridge-logoFor over 800 years, the University of Cambridge has been a leading institution of higher education, consistently ranking amongst the top five universities in the world. Cambridge employs around 9,000 staff and has the distinction of having 90 affiliated Nobel laureates.

“One of the attractions of the University of Cambridge is that it is a multi-faculty university,” explained Dr. Ángel Gurria-Quintana, International Officer at the University’s International Strategy Office.

“People coming to Cambridge will be rubbing shoulders with colleagues in all disciplines and interacting with some of the finest minds of our time.”

An Exemplary Teaching Model

Cambridge’s 19,000 students are split up among 31 autonomous colleges, which are an essential part of the collegiate university. Undergraduate students are admitted directly to the colleges, which can be thought of as small academic communities within the larger university. Colleges admit scholars in all disciplines, allowing students to live and interact with peers of different backgrounds and areas of interest.

The truly standout feature of the college system is supervisions, which are small group or even one-on-one teaching sessions. Considered one of the premier teaching models in the word, the supervision system gives students individual attention and academic support that is unheard of at most large universities.

Strong Ties with Brazil and Funding Opportunities for Brazilians

Engagement with Brazil is no recent phenomenon at Cambridge; the University Herbarium still houses plant specimens that Charles Darwin brought from Brazil in the early 19th century. In recent years, the Cambridge-Brazil relationship has further developed through research and mobility partnerships, including the Science without Borders programme. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 60 Brazilians (mostly postgraduate students) attended Cambridge.

Cambridge has agreements with the University of São Paulo as well as CAPES and the research council for the state of São Paulo (FAPESP) to promote research and collaboration.

The Cambridge Trust has grants that are designated for Brazilian postgraduates. This includes 30 fully funded PhD positions, 20 of which are for STEM subjects while the remaining 10 are for arts, humanities, and social sciences. There are also short-term fellowships for post-doc researchers through the Science without Borders scheme.

“Brazil has areas of real excellence in scientific research, including infectious disease, bio-fuel, genomics, and conservation,” added Dr. Gurria-Quintana. “We hope to deepen our engagement with Brazil through collaborative research and through partnership with the research councils and individual universities.”


University of Birmingham – An Introduction

Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham is recognised as one of the world’s leading universities for the quality of teaching and research. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University of Birmingham has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge, and made an impact on people’s lives.

The University of Birmingham’s student population includes around 19,000 undergraduate and 9,000 postgraduate students. With almost 5,000 international students from over 150 countries and a third of its academic staff from overseas, the University of Birmingham is a truly diverse and global institution.

The University of Birmingham collaborates with partners across the world to produce ground-breaking research, deliver innovative teaching, and create opportunities for students and staff to gain international experience. Brazil has been identified as one of its key strategic regions as part of its global engagement strategy and is making a significant investment to support partnership development with leading universities and key public and private sector organisations in Brazil.


Science without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras)

Scholarships are available for both full PhDs and sandwich PhDs at Birmingham as part of the Brazilian government’s Science without Borders programme.

Santander Scholarships

The university is offering eight scholarships worth £5,000 towards the cost of tuition fees for an eligible one year master’s programme.

Research and Collaboration

  • The University of Birmingham is collaborating with all of the top ten ranked universities in Brazil and seventeen of the top twenty.
  • More than 70 of the university’s academics are engaged with one or more Brazilian higher education institution, as well as government ministries.
  • The University of Birmingham has a number of schemes to help support academic engagement with collaborators in Brazil, including a Brazil Travel Fund, Banco Santander funding opportunities, and a Brazil Visiting Fellows Scheme.
  • Together with the University of Nottingham, the university has also established a joint investment fund with FAPESP and FAPERJ to support research projects between Brazilian researchers and academics at Birmingham.

The University of Birmingham’s signature research collaborations in Brazil focus on Cancer Studies, Energy, Biodiversity, Brazil as an Emerging Power, and Sport Policy. In addition, research is ongoing in other disciplines from Neuroscience and Urban Water Quality Management, to Corpus Linguistics, and Moral and Legal Philosophy.

Postgraduate Study – MSc Computer Science

  • One-year master’s degree course for students who have a first degree in a subject other than computing.
  • Established in 1969, this is now the longest-running conversion programme to computing in the UK.
  • High employment rate, with graduates having found employment in companies such as Credit Suisse, J.P Morgan, Bank of America, BAe Systems, Tesella, and Atos.


London School of Economics

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers students the opportunity to study the social sciences in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social, and recreational facilities of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.

The School is a place of genuine intellectual excitement and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework (REF) LSE had the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the United Kingdom.

All LSE’s teaching and research is undertaken from a social science perspective, giving the institution a unique approach to otherwise common fields. LSE academics are at the forefront of developments in the social sciences and their expertise is called upon by governments, businesses, and media around the globe.

The School offers 38 undergraduate programmes and over 140 postgraduate programmes. LSE’s academic profile spans a wide range of social science disciplines, from accounting to law, management to social policy.

The character of LSE is inseparable from its location. Situated in central London, the School is located in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Only a short distance from Europe’s financial, legal, and cultural centers, LSE stands at the crossroads of international debate. This is fundamental to its identity as an outward-looking institution with an active involvement in UK and world affairs.

The student community at LSE is one of the most internationally diverse in the world, with students from over 140 countries registered each year. This mix encourages a truly international approach to intellectual discovery and academic life at LSE which cannot be matched elsewhere.

The School has one of the most prestigious public events programmes in the world. Leading figures from all walks of life have spoken at LSE, including Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Amartya Sen, Christine Lagarde, Bill Gates, Helen Clark, David Cameron and George Soros.

A degree from LSE is widely recognised throughout the world. The School has produced over 35 world leaders and heads of state, 16 Nobel Prize Winners, and a host of alumni who are well known nationally and internationally.

LSE currently has 69 Brazilian students studying for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. For more information about studying at LSE please visit its website.