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Offered by the Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is the foundation for all other sciences. It embraces the areas of medicine, engineering, agriculture, environment, biotechnology and nanotechnology. The beauty of this subject lies in its applicability to all aspects of our lives. In recognizing the importance of chemistry, Sri Lankan education system has made it a key subject in the curriculum of the secondary level of science education. It is imperative that the teaching of chemistry be conducted in such a manner to lay a strong foundation on which the students’ future careers would be building upon. With the advancement of science & technology, the understanding of core concepts in chemistry has been made easier, enabling the learning of Chemistry interesting and rewarding. 

This program is, therefore, designed to impart new approaches to teaching and learning chemistry, and to update the subject knowledge in both chemistry and science education. This course is of value to those who are currently working in the field of chemistry education in state or private sectors and for those seeking employment in the field of chemistry education.


Application for admission to the course will be entertained from candidates who have passed the B.Sc. Degree with Chemistry as a subject from a 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.

Course Fees

LKR 250,000/-

Registration fee – Rs. 2,500/= 

Library fee – Rs. 3,000/= 

Library deposit (refundable) – Rs. 5,000/= (Rs. 2,500/= per card)


Rs. 10,000/= payable on application for Part ‘A’ examination (at the end of first semester). 

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

Registration for 2022 intake

A duly completed application form should be submitted online using the following Google Form before 20th December 2021.  Program brochure and the instructions for applying are also available.

Tentative dates

Call for applications: 07th November 2021

Closing date of applications: 20th December 2021

Application deadline has been extended to December 31, 2021

Date of commencement: 15th February 2022

Course Aims

  • Reinforce and update the knowledge of chemistry 
  • Enhance the teaching skills and motivation by using modern methods of teaching, lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments 
  • Introduce Information technology and molecular modeling in chemistry teaching
  • Provide through teaching practice/presentation of lesson plans 
  • Develop the ability for research in education


Examination structure

Course work including practical sessions are assessed using continuous assessments, written examinations, presentations, group work and viva voce examinations.

Part 2 in which the students undertake a research project under the guidance of an academic staff member will be evaluated based on a report submitted, a presentation and a viva voce examination.

PART 1: Postgraduate Diploma (26 credits) – SLQF 8

Students will be assessed both on continuous basis as well as by periodical tests based on the theory modules and laboratory work carried out during the program. There will be a written examination for most of the theory modules at the end of each semester. Candidates will be allowed to proceed to Part 2 when he/ she obtained a minimum GPA stipulated by the Faculty. 

PART 2: M.Sc. by Course Work (05 credits) – SLQF 9

The report submitted by the candidate at the end of the Chemistry Education project will be evaluated. A viva voce examination will be held.

PART 3: M.Sc. by Research (30 credits) – SLQF 10

More information will be provided to the eligible candidates.

Course Modules

Part 1: Postgraduate Diploma (SLQF 8)

Course Code Name Credits
MCE 5501 Foundations of Science Education 2C
MCE 5502 Technology Enabled Learning 1C
MCE 5503 Methodology of Teaching and Learning Science 1C
MCE 5504 Assessment and Evaluation Methods in Chemistry Education 2C
MCE 5505 Research Methods in Chemistry Education 2C
MCE 5506 Chemistry Education Seminar/Teaching Practice 2C
MCE 5507 Lecture Demonstrations in Chemistry Education 1C
MCE 5508 Chemistry Laboratory 3C
MCE 5509 Chemical Calculations in Analytical Chemistry 2C
MCE 5510 Chemical Bonding 2C
MCE 5511 Organic Chemistry 2C
MCE 5512 Modern Physical Chemistry 3C
MCE 5513 Special Topics in Chemistry 3C
Total Credit Value (PG Diploma) 26C

Part 2: MSc in Chemistry Education (course work) SLQF 9

Course Code Name Credits
MCE 5514 Chemistry Education Project 5C
Total Credit Value 31C

Part 3: MSc in Chemistry Education (research) SLQF 10

Course Code Name Credits
MCE 5515 Scientific writing and Open access software 12C
MCE 5516 Research Project in Chemistry/Chemistry Education 18C
Total Credit Value 61C

Panel of Lecturers

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

Educational concepts are taught by the academic staff members of the Faculty of Education, University of Colombo.

Further Information

For further information regarding the M.Sc. program in chemistry education, contact the program coordinator.

Contact details of the programme coordinator is as follows.

Intake Coordinator Email Phone No.
2023 Dr. Sarala Thantirimudaliige 0112503367