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Offered by the Department of Physics

The aim of this programme is to enhance and update the knowledge in contemporary Physics of science teachers who already teach Physics or who wish to take a rewarding career in Physics teaching. Further, the program will help gain proper skills in effective and interactive teaching of Physics at school level using modern teaching techniques. Department of Physics, University of Colombo being one of the best academic departments in Sri Lanka with resources and expert knowledge to offer postgraduate training in Physics Education, has organized this course with an objective of contributing to the national development by enhancing the standard of Physics Education in Sri Lanka.


A Bachelor’s degree in Science with Physics as a subject from a recognized University or any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Senate of the University of Colombo.

Course Fees

LKR 250,000/-

Application Fee: LKR 2,500/-
Registration Fee: LKR 2,500/-
Course Fee: 245,500/- (Subject to change)

*The course fee cannot be paid as installments. However, students are eligible for a Student Loan which can be obtained from the Thummulla Branch of Bank of Ceylon. Please contact the bank for more information.

Registration for 2020 intake

Call for Applications: 1st February 2020
New closing date of Applications: 25th August 2020
Interviews: In September 2020

Application of the MSc programme – 2020 intake (Batch 6) with instructions can be downloaded from the following link: 

Please fill the pre-registration form to keep in touch.

Important Notices

Current students, please visit to MSc notice board to get more information.

How to apply

The completed application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of LKR 2,500/- which can be paid at the Shroff counter, University of Colombo or by a bank draft drawn in favour of the University of Colombo through any branch of the Peoples Bank to the credit of the University of Colombo, Account number 3140-3440-0001.

Completed application forms should be submitted (on or before August 25th 2020) along with the bank payment slip and copies of educational certificates to

The Coordinator (MSc in Phy. Ed. Program- 2020),
Department of Physics,
Faculty of Science,
University of Colombo,
Colombo 03

Program Structure

The programme introduces you to philosophical, psychological & social aspects of Education as well asto pedagogical and conceptual knowledge in Physics. The program duration is 18 – 24 months.  MSc in Physics Education is awarded for candidates who obtain a grade point average (GPA) of not less than 2.50 in Part I of the programme and proceeds to Part II of the programme, during which an classroom related independent research study is completed.  Candidates who maintain a GPA of greater than 2.00 but less than 2.50 have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Physics Education.

Mode of learning

Courses are conducted in interactive modes, which may include lectures, group assignment and laboratory based work. Course evaluations are multi-mode and may include, in class assignments, group work based assignments, class presentations and mid/end of semester written exams.  Each student will be allowed to access lecture notes maintained on a Learning Management System (LMS) through Internet. Additional discussion classes will be held in regular intervals for students to interact with the lecturers.   All laboratory classes and discussion classes will be held on Saturdays.

Examination structure

The performance of students in theory and practical course modules under Part I will be evaluated through 11 papers. Evaluation of courses may vary and involve final written examinations, assignments, laboratory practical assignments, project reports or viva-voce examinations.  Repeat of examinations will be allowed only once, typically at the next available opportunity.

In Part II, each student has to undertake a project related to Physics Education Research, which involves measurement of student concepts in a selected domain of physics, during which a pedagogical intervention needs to be devised to improve student learning bottle necks identified. At the completion of the project, students will be evaluated based upon a submitted technical report/dissertation followed by a viva-voce examination. The research has to be followed as per general guidelines of the university.

Course Modules

PART I (26 credits)

Course Code Name Hours/ Credits
MPE 5501 Foundations of Science Education 30L 30P, 3C
MPE 5502 Technological Aspects of Education 30L 30P, 3C
MPE 5503 Laboratory in Information Communication Technology for Teaching 30P, 1C
MPE 5504 Instructional Design Methods 15L 30P, 2C
MPE 5505 Methods in Physics Education Research 30P, 2C
MPE 5506 Mathematical Methods in Physics 15L, 1C
MPE 5507 Perspectives in Classical Mechanics & Thermal Physics 30L 30P, 3C
MPE 5508 Perspectives in Electromagnetic Theory & Optics 30L 30P, 3C
MPE 5509 Perspectives in Electronics & Semiconductor Physics 30L 30P, 3C
MPE 5510 Perspectives in Modern Physics 30L 30P, 3C
MPE 5511 Special Topics in Physics 30L, 2C

PART II (5 credits)

Course Code Name Credits
MPE 5512 Physics Education Project 5C

Panel of Lecturers

Prof. Chandana Jayaratne
Dr. Kanishka Wijayaratne
Dr. Ramal Coorey
Dr. Janaka Wansapura
Dr. Mahesh Edirisinghe
Dr. Siyath Gunewardene
Dr. G S Amarasinghe

Further Information

Further information regarding the MSc Programme can be obtained by contacting the programme coordinator.

Contact details of the programme coordinators are as follows.

Intake Coordinator Email
2020 Dr. Ramal Coorey
2018 Dr. Ramal Coorey