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.
* Links for information on UGC recognized Universities/Higher Educational Institutes:
- Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/universities-and-institutes/universities.html )
- University Grant Commission (UGC) recognized foreign Universities (http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/universities-andinstitutes/recognized-foreign-universities.html )
- UGC recognized other Universities (http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/universities-and-institutes/other-recognizeddegrees.html)
MSc in Applied Organic Chemistry (Part I and Part II)
***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 enrolment for Part III.
Other fees :
Apart from the Course Fee, the following shall be paid when applying and at the initial registration:
Application Fee: Rs. 1,500/-
Registration Fee: Rs. 2,500/-
Library Fee: Rs. 3,000/-
Examination fee: Rs. 10,000/-
Refundable Library Deposit: Rs. 5,000/-
***Please note that fees paid are not refundable and subject to revision from time to time.
Application for 2023 Intake
The program is advertised for the 2023 intake.
Further more details can be found from below links,
Date of commencement: June 2023
Application deadline May 05, 2023
How to Apply
Duly completed application form together with a paying-in-voucher for Rs. 1500/- paid to the credit of the University of Colombo, account number 314024400002 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:
Academic and Publications,
University of Colombo,
94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha,
- 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.
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.
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).
|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|
|MOC 5010||Independent Study||5C|
|Total Credit Value||30C|
|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 regarding the MSc Program can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator.
Contact details of the program coordinators are as follows.
|2022||Dr. Ireshika de Silvafirstname.lastname@example.org|