Course Coordinator: Dr. Dilrukshi Wijayarathna


Chemical analysis is widely applied in industry, agriculture, medicine (medical diagnosis), forensic science, archaeology, geology and in scientific research. The accuracy of the final figure reported after a chemical analysis is important. The analytical inaccuracy of results may lead to decisions which could be detrimental to the development of a country. Therefore, chemical analysis holds an important position in the economic development of our modern society. In Sri Lanka, chemical analysis is very often entrusted to personnel who handle analysis as an art and their knowledge is only confined to the set procedure. The problems leading to inaccurate results cannot be solved by these personnel due to the lack of their knowledge in the theoretical basis of the procedure. It is essential to train personnel who possess a sound knowledge of procedures and an adequate training on the laboratory work. Such a person is called an Analytical Chemist, who will undoubtedly produce accurate results.

The aim of the M.Sc. (Analytical Chemistry) is to train graduates to become analytical chemists since the undergraduate courses in Sri Lanka are not designed to achieve this objective. The analytical chemist could assist in solving problems in the routine analytical procedures which would have led to inaccurate results. The accurate results produced by an analytical chemist will help the authorities to draw conclusions on the correct path. Thus, he/she plays an important role in our industrial structure and the advancing science, such that without his/her service our present day economy could not exist.


Master of Science

This is offered in two parts. The part A Consists of theory modules and practical modules conducted on Friday evenings (5 – 7 pm) and Saturdays (8 am to 6 pm). The duration of part A is for two semesters (each having 20 weeks). Students who have achieved the minimum requirements in the part A will be allowed to proceed to part B. This consists of a full-time research project of 8 month duration. The duration for part-time students is longer, depending on the time they modules / sub modules are allowed to devote for research.

Certificate Course

Students can offer any one or more modules / sub modules listed under the course content (3) each theory module includes approximately 45 hours of lectures and other teaching activities as appropriate. Computer application module is for 30 hours and the two practical modules / sub modules have 90 hours laboratory work.


Master of Science

Part A

Throughout the first year, students will be assessed both on continuous basis as well as by periodical tests mainly based on the laboratory work carried out during the course. There will be a written examination for theory modules at the end of the first year. The written examination will consist of five question papers of 3 hour duration. Candidates will be allowed to proceed to part B when he/she has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Part B

The research dissertation submitted by the candidate at the end of the project will be evaluated and an oral examination will be held on the dissertation.

Certificate Course

No course evaluation is conducted.


M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry

Application for admission to the course will be entertained from candidates who have passed in the B.Sc. degree with Chemistry as a subject from recognized University or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo. The selection will be on the basis of M.C.Q. Examination and/or an interview.

Certificate Course

No basic requirements are necessary for selection. A recommendation from the employer is essential.


Registration fee  Rs. 2,500/=
Library fee    Rs. 1,500/=
Library Deposit (refundable) Rs. 5,000/=   (Rs. 2,500/=per card)

Master of Science

Part A

Rs. 100,000/= to be paid in two installments. The first installment of Rs. 60,000/= should be paid at the beginning of the course and the second installment of Rs. 40,000/= to be paid within 06 months of the commencement of the course.

Part B

Rs. 20,000/= payable at the commencement of the research project.


Rs. 5,000/= payable on application for part ‘A’ examination.

Certificate Course:

Each theory module      Rs. 6,000/=
Each theory sub module denoted by *  Rs  1,000/=
Each theory sub module denoted by **   Rs  2,000/=
Computer practical module Rs.10,000/=
Each practical module Rs.15,000/=
Each practical sub module denoted by *Rs 3,000/=
Each practical sub module denoted by **Rs 5,000/=

Please note that fees paid are not refundable and subject to revision from time to time.