MSc / MSc(Res.) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture
Offered by the Department of Plant Sciences
Plant cell/tissue culture (or ‘in vitro’ culture) involves culturing of plant cells, tissues, protoplasts etc. on special nutrient media in glass / plastic vessels under aseptic and controlled environmental conditions, and has broad applications globally, in research and commercial applications. It is an essential tool for plant regeneration and micropropagation, particularly in modern biotechnology, agriculture, horticulture, and related industry. Applications of this technology include elimination of viruses from plant tissues to obtain virus free plants, micropropagation, clonal propagation, induction of genetic variability, crop improvement through genetic engineering, production of haploids, production of secondary metabolites through cell cultures etc. The Department of Plant Sciences has been conducting the Master of Science (MSc) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture for more than two decades.
- to enhance the capacity of participants to advance their knowledge and research skills, and other abilities for higher degrees and to provide a post-graduate qualification
- to produce experts in the field of Plant Cell and Tissue Culture for specialized professional employment, technological capacity, or entrepreneurship
- to enhance employment opportunities in the areas of biotechnology/ agrobiotechnology, horticulture, and related research and/or training institutes
- to generate skilled human resources, thereby assisting the development of biotechnology industry in the country
- Graduates who are expecting to pursue M. Phil/Ph.D. studies in a related field.
- Research officers/scientists, extension officers, and educators in public and private institutions who require advanced training in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture.
- Qualified entrepreneurs and enthusiast with an interest in the field
Eligibility to apply
The applicant should have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university*, with Botany/ Plant Sciences/ Plant Biotechnology/Biotechnology/ Agriculture as a subject
Any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Senate of the 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)
- Application deadline : Now calling applications for the supplement intake
- Selections: December 2021
- Date of commencement: January 2022
MSc in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture - Rs. 275,000/-
Payable in two installments: The first installment of Rs. 175,000/- shall be paid at the time of initial registration to Part I. The second installment of Rs. 100,000/- to be paid within 06 months of initial registration and before Semester I examinations.
MSc (Research) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture - Rs. 350,000/- (subjected to change)
Only the students who successfully complete Parts I & II will be eligible to proceed to Part III leading to the MSc (Res.) degree programme. A payment of Rs. 75,000/- (subjected to change) shall be made at the time of registration to Part III Research Project.
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.
MSc in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture: 24 months
MSc (Res.) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture: 36 months**
- **The duration of Parts I and II of the MSc programme is 24 months while that of Part III leading to MSc (Res.) is of a further 12 months.
- Students who fail to complete Part I and Part II within 3 years from the first registration will not be allowed to register for Part III.
- The maximum period allowed to complete the degree is five (05) years from the date of first registration.
How to apply
- Complete the downloaded (from the above link) application form and have the other necessary documents scanned.
- Pay the application fee Rs. 1500/- using any payment method below:
- Pay to the University of Colombo account in the People’s Bank, Thimbirigasyaya Branch using the Application Fee code 314011700009 (payment can be made at any People’s Bank branch) or
- Pay through the online payment portal of the University of Colombo at https://pay.cmb.ac.lk/
Instructions for using the online portal:
- Fee type – Select 'Course fee- post grad (FGS/FMF/FOS/Law/FM)' from the drop-down menu.
- Payment reference – 314011700009
- Student registration – students can enter any 3-digit number
- Submit (online) the duly completed application form and other documents together with the paying-in-voucher for Rs. 1500/- paid to the bank / or receipt of payment through the University of Colombo online payment portal using the Google Form given below on or before 20 December 2021.
You will need scanned copies of the following in pdf format to be uploaded via the google form:
1) Completed application form
2) Bank slip/ online payment receipt for paying the application fee
3) Degree certificate and any other relevant educational certificates
4) National ID card
5) Passport size photograph
The programme structure has been revised according to the Master of Science By-Laws of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, and the guidelines issued by the Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework (SLQF 2015) of the UGC, Sri Lanka, to fulfill the criteria of degree programmes at SLQF levels 8, 9 & 10. The curriculum too has been revised to provide the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of study and facilitates graduates to be conversant in skills and knowledge to respond to contemporary needs of the profession and industry.
The Master of Science (MSc) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture programme consists of two parts (Parts I & II), whereas the Master of Science with Research [MSc (Res.)] in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture programme consists of an additional research project (Part III):
Part – I: Course Work (25 credits)
Part – II: Directed Study (5 credits)
Part – III: Research Project (30 credits)
MSc in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (30 Credits; SLQF Level 9)
Part I (Course work) of the programme includes theory modules, practical modules and field lessons. A student must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for Part I in order to proceed to Directed Study (Part II). Students who fail to obtain a GPA of 3.0 but maintain a GPA of not less than 2.7 in Part I will be eligible* for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip.) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (25C; SLQF Level 8), upon request.
Part II (Directed Study) of the MSc programme is an independent, guided mini research project or a case study of 5 Credits. The students who successfully complete Part II with a minimum GPA 3.0 will be eligible* for the award of the degree of Master of Science in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (30C; SLQF Level 9).
MSc (Res.) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (60 Credits; SLQF Level 10)
This programme includes Part III (Research Project; 30C), in addition to Parts I & II described above. To proceed to Part III, a student should achieve a GPA of 3.00 for Part II. Part III is an individual independent research project, which, with prior approval of the faculty, shall be carried out at an institution where necessary facilities are available. Students who obtain a GPA of 3.00 or above for Part III will be eligible* for the award of the degree of Master of Science (Research) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (60C; SLQF Level 10).
A student who fails to achieve a GPA of 3.00 or above for Part III will be eligible* to be awarded the degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture, upon request.
* In addition to the GPA requirements, to be eligible for the award of the MSc (Res.)/ MSc Degree or the PG Diploma in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture, a candidate must have fulfilled any other general requirements as prescribed by the relevant By-Laws and Rules and Regulations of the University of Colombo.
|MTC 5109||Plant Growth and Development||1C||15L|
|MTC 5110||Plant nutrition and growth regulators||1C||15L|
|MTC 5111||Principles of plant tissue culture technology||1C||15L|
|MTC 5112||Tissue culture media and tissue culture environment||1C||15L|
|MTC 5113||Laboratory design and management||2C||20L, 20P|
|MTC 5114||Molecular gene technology||2C||30L|
|MTC 5115||Biosafety, Bioethics and IPR||1C||15L|
|MTC 5115||Biosafety, Bioethics and IPR||1C||15L|
|MTC 5116||Practical Module I||4C||120P|
|MTC 5209||Data analysis and computer applications in tissue culture||2C||30L|
|MTC 5210||Scientific communication||1C||30P|
|MTC 5211||Cell culture and natural products||1C||15L|
|MTC 5212||Tissue culture in crop improvement||1C||15L|
|MTC 5213||Commercial tissue culture||2C||30L|
|MTC 5215||Practical Module II||4C||120P|
Total credits for Part I (equivalent for SLQF Level 8) – 25C
|MTC 5303||Directed Study||5C||150P|
Total credits for MSc (PART I + II; SLQF Level 9) – 30C
|MTC 4501||Research Project||30C||12 months|
Total credits for MSc (Res.) (Part I+II+III; SLQF Level 10) – 60C
Mode of Learning
- Lectures and practicals will be conducted on Friday evenings (3 – 6 pm) and Saturdays (8 am to 5 pm).
- Blended mode (both online and on-site) will be used to deliver the theory lessons (and some practical component where applicable), discussions and tutorial classes. Practical modules will be conducted mainly through laboratory work and some field visits.
- In a theory module fifteen lecture hours is considered as one credit (1C) and in a practical module thirty hours of laboratory/ field work is considered as 1C.
- The estimated amount of study time or the commitment expected (= 'Notional learning hours') from an average student to achieve the intended learning outcomes of a 1C theory or practical module is ~ 50 hours. For a research module 1C is equivalent for ~ 100 notional hours.
Medium of Instruction
- The medium of instruction, as well as that of assessments/examinations, shall be English, and the medium for correspondence shall also be English.
- Theory modules – written examinations and assignments
- Practical modules – practical assessments, assignments/ continuous assessments
- Seminars – presentations
- Directed Study – written report, presentation and viva-voce examination
- Research Project – written research proposal, progress presentations, dissertation, viva-voce examination, and manuscript
Further information regarding the MSc Program can be obtained by contacting the programme coordinator.
Contact details of the programme coordinators are as follows.
|2022||Dr. (Mrs.) Pradeepika Saputhanthrifirstname.lastname@example.org||0718565305||0112585038|