Classification of Students

A student registering for a M.Phil or a Ph.D. degree in the Faculty of Science shall be required to pursue his/her studies at a University, research institute or any other recognized institute under the guidance of a Supervisor/s appointed by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Higher Degrees Committee (HDC).

A full – time student shall be a person duly registered for an M.Phil/Ph.D. degree programme who is engaged in research and related activities during the entire normal working hours of the week.  Hence, those who are employed are required to obtain leave of absence from their work places so as to be available for studies during normal working hours and be eligible for registration under this category.

A part – time student shall be a person duly registered for an M.Phil/Ph.D. degree programme who devotes only a part of the total working hours of a week acceptable to the Faculty Board for his/her research work.

An internal student shall carry out a major part of his / her work in the University of Colombo and may be full time or part time.

An external student shall be carrying out a major part of his / her work in an institution outside the University and may be full time or part time.  In the case of an external student at least one supervisor must be from the Faculty.