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The Faculty also offers students an opportunity to embark upon MPhil and PhD research. These programmes are supervised by high-calibre academic staff in the seven departments offering degrees in a plethora of disciplines. Many of the research projects are multidisciplinary and may have other local or international collaborators. These MPhil and PhD research programmes are either full-time or part-time. A student can be registered as an internal student where a major part of the work is carried out at the University of Colombo, or as an external student who would carry out most of the work at an external collaborating institution. In the case of an external student, at least one supervisor must be from the Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo.

Funding of the programmes is usually through research grants to the supervisor/s by various funding agencies. Very often, funding provides a monthly stipend for the student who would be conducting research on a full-time basis.

There are no application deadlines for MPhil and PhD research degrees. Applications are entertained throughout the year. However, the faculty usually processes new applications in March and September.

Our Vision

Our vision is to ensure that on the successful completion of a research degree a postgraduate of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo would be capable of spearheading research in a chosen discipline/s of science to generate new knowledge that is locally relevant, regionally pre-eminent and congruent with international quality standards, thus being globally competitive.

Fields of Research

The postgraduate programmes consist of research in a specified field under the guidance of a supervisor/s.

Graduate Advisors

The following is a list of graduate advisors in each department will help and direct students to enroll successfully in research programs leading to MPhil and PhD degrees. General inquiries should be directed to the Director of Postgraduate Studies. Specific inquiries should be directed to the graduate advisor of the study discipline in which the student is already enrolled or planning to enroll.

Prof. Mayuri R Wijesinghe
Director of Studies (Postgraduate)

Phone: +94 11-215 8394