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Offered by the Department of Physics

The aim of this programme (SLQF 9 level program) 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

Local Students: LKR 350,000/-

International students: USD 4000

Application Fee: LKR 2,500/- (for local students)

Registration for 2024 intake

Application of the MSc programme – 2024 intake (Batch 8) with instructions can be downloaded from the following link:

Important Notices

Call for Applications: 1st September 2023
Application period: 1st September – 31st October 2023
Tentative date of commencement: January 2024

Program Structure

The program introduces you to philosophical, psychological & social aspects of Education as well as pedagogical and conceptual knowledge in Physics. The MSc program (Part 1 and 2) duration is 18 – 24 months.  MSc in Physics Education is awarded for candidates who obtain a grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.00 in Part I of the programme as well as Part II of the programme, during which an classroom related independent research study is completed.

Medium : English

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


Course Code Name Hours/ Credits
MPE 5601 Foundations of Science Education 30L, 2C
MPE 5602 Assessment and Evaluation Methods 30L, 2C
MPE 5603 Information & Communication Technology for effective Teaching 30P, 1C
MPE 5604 Instructional Design Methods 15L 30P, 2C
MPE 5605 Methods in Physics Education Research 60P, 2C
MPE 5607 Perspectives in Classical Mechanics & Thermal Physics 30L, 2C
MPE 5608 Perspectives in Electromagnetic Theory & Optics 30L, 2C
MPE 5609 Perspectives in Electronics & Semiconductor Physics 30L, 2C
MPE 5610 Perspectives in Quantum & Particle Physics 30L, 2C
MPE 5613 Guidance & Counseling in Education 30L, 2C
MPE 5614 Comparative Education & Educational Problems 30L, 2C
MPE 5616 Physics Laboratory 60P, 2C
MPE 5617 Electronics & Automation Laboratory 60P, 2C
MPE 5618 Teaching Practicum* (Optional Course) 150P, 5C


Course Code Name Credits
MPE 5615 Independent Study Project 150P, 5C

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 Phone No. Email
2024 Dr. Thanuja Sooriyagoda (+94)761036890
2022 Dr. Ramal Coorey (+94)719279436
2020 Dr. Ramal Coorey (+94)719279436
2018 Dr. Ramal Coorey (+94)719279436