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Offered by the Department of Chemistry

Organic chemistry is everywhere in today’s world. Mastering organic chemistry is crucial for the design of a wide range of everyday products, novel products and processes. Design of materials with tailor-made properties requires an enhanced understanding of their synthesis, physico-chemical characteristics, and characterization and structure-property relationships at the molecular level.

The MSc in Applied Organic Chemistry Program provides a broad background in organic chemistry both at theoretical and experimental level. This is accomplished via courses/practical classes covering different areas related to organic chemistry.

An historic change was made on October 24, 2009 when two courses of the program were offered on-line, enabling the busy postgraduate students to access the lessons from home. The department envisages offering this program via dual mode and more courses will be offered on-line in the future.

Eligibility to Apply

Application for admission to the course will be entertained from candidates who have passed the BSc Degree with Chemistry as a subject from a recognized university


an equivalent qualification acceptable to the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo.

The candidates will be selected based on academic merits, and an interview.

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Tentative Dates

Call for applications   :   April 22, 2023
Closing date of applications   :   May 19, 2023 26th May 2023
Date of commencement  :   July 2023

Course Fees

MSc in Applied Organic Chemistry (Part I and Part II)

LKR 375,600/-

***Payable at the registration for the programme.

MSc (Research) in Applied Organic Chemistry

Only the students who successfully complete Parts I and II will be eligible to proceed to Part III (research project) leading to the MSc (Res.) degree programme. Students who wish to proceed to Part III should make an additional payment of Rs. 125,000/- (subject to change) at the time of enrollment for Part III.

Apart from the Course Fee, the following shall be paid when applying and at the initial registration:

Application Fee: Rs. 2,500/- 

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

How to Apply

Duly completed application form together with a paying-in-voucher for Rs. 2500/- paid to the credit of the University of Colombo, account number  314024600000 at the Thimbirigasyaya Branch of the People’s Bank (payment can be made at any branch) should be submitted in person or sent under Registered cover to:

Assistant Registrar,
Academic and Publications,
University of Colombo,
94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha,
Colombo 03.

Course Aims

  • To provide students with an advanced knowledge of areas of organic chemistry relevant to Sri Lankan industry, including industries based on natural products, pharmaceuticals, food & beverages etc. in order to improve productivity and enhance development in industry.
  • To expose graduates to soft skills necessary for an industrial environment.

Course Duration

Part I & Part II: 18 – 24 months

Part III: 1 year for a full time student. The duration for part-time students is longer, depending on the time they devote for research.

A candidates studentship will expire at the end of 60 months from the date of registration.

Course Evaluation

PART I : Lectures and Laboratory sessions (25 Credits)

Theory module will be tested by a written examination at the end of each semester. Students will also be assessed both on continuous basis as well as by periodical tests on the laboratory work carried out during the course. Candidates will be eligible to proceed to Part II when he/ she has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.00. 

Minimum GPA of 2.70 is required for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (SLQF 8).  

PART II: Research project of three months duration (full time) (5 credits) 

The report submitted by the candidate at the end of the study will be evaluated and an oral examination will be held. The candidate will be eligible to proceed to part III when she/he has obtained minimum GPA of 3.00. 

Successful completion of Part II with an overall GPA of 3.00 (Part I + Part II) have the option being awarded  the of Master of Science (SLQF 9)

PART III: Research project of one year duration (full time) (30 credits)

The research dissertation submitted by the candidate at the end of the research project will be evaluated. Presentation and oral examination will be held on the submitted dissertation. Successful completion of Part III with an overall GPA of 3.00 (Part I + Part II + Part III) have the option being awarded  the Master of Science (Research) (SLQF 10).

Course Modules


Course Code Name Credits
MOC 5001 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3C
MOC 5002 Separation and Characterization Techniques 2C
MOC 5003 Medicinal Chemistry 3C
MOC 5004 Natural Products Chemistry 3C
MOC 5005 Proteins in Industry 3C
MOC 5007 Laboratory Techniques Course 7C
MOC 5008 Industrial Organic Chemistry I 2C
MOC 5009 Industrial Organic Chemistry II 2C
Total Credit Value 25C


Course Code Name Credits
MOC 5010 Independent Study 5C
Total Credit Value 30C


Course Code Name Credits
MOC 5013 Research Project 30C
Total Credit Value 60C

Panel of Lecturers

Lectures are conducted by the academic staff members of the Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo and visiting lecturers from other universities and industries/ institutes with relevant teaching experience.

Further Information

Further information regarding the MSc Program can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator.

Contact details of the program coordinators are as follows.

Intake Coordinator Email
2022 Dr. Ireshika de Silva
2023 Dr. Ireshika de Silva and Dr Dinesh Aluthge