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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.


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 selection will be on the basis of an interview

Course Fees

Registration Fee: LKR 2,500/-
Library Fee: LKR 2,000/-
Library deposit (refundable): LKR 5,000/-
(Rs. 2,500/= per card) 
ID Card: Rs. 60/=

Part I: Rs. 220,000/= to be paid in two installments. The first installment of Rs. 160,000/= should be paid at the beginning of the course and second instalment of Rs. 60,000/= to be paid within six months of the commencement of the course.

Part II: Rs. 40,000/= payable at the commencement of the directed studies.

 Part III: Rs. 100,000/=

Examination Fees: Rs. 7,500/= payable on application for Part I examination.

*** Please note that fees paid are nonrefundable and subject to revision from time to time.

Application for 2021 Intake

The program is advertised for the 2021 intake.

Further more details can be found from below links,

Please download the Application form.

Tentative dates

Call for applications: 28th February 2021
Closing date of applications: 23rd April 2021
Tentative date of commencement:  06th August 2021

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.

Examination Structure

PART I: Postgraduate Diploma (25 Credits) – SLQF 8

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 2.50. Minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for the award of post graduate diploma.

PART II: MSc by Course Work (30 Credits) – SLQF 9

The report addressing of an industrial problem 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. Minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for part II for the award of MSc by course work.

PART III: MSc by Research (60 Credits) – SLQF 10

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. Minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for the award of MSc with research

Course Modules

PART I: Postgraduate Diploma (SLQF 8)

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

PART II: MSc by Course Work (SLQF 9)

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

PART III: MSc by Research (SLQF 10)

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
2021 Dr. Ireshika de Silva