Chemistry is often referred to as the “Central Science” as it stands between and significantly overlaps with mathematics, physics, and biology. Chemistry is an integral component of such applied sciences as pharmaceutical, biomedical, agricultural, environmental and material sciences. Students with a strong background in chemistry are at a significant advantage being able to work and apply their knowledge in these areas and a number of other related fields. In this context the Department of Chemistry has designed and offers a carefully planned syllabus to equip the student with the required theoretical

Academic Staff

The Department of Chemistry has 21 fulltime Senior Faculty Members, 4 Lecturers, and 24 Temporary Assistant Lecturers and Demonstrators.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate ProgramsGeneral Degree: The Department of Chemistry offers a number of core and optional courses in chemistry open for both physical science and biological science students. The core courses are designed to provide the foundation not only to further knowledge in chemistry but also in other related areas. The optional courses are designed to cover topics of more general interest.Special Degree: The department conducts 5 special degree programs in,

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  3. Pharmacy
  4. Computational Chemistry and
  5. Chemical Biology

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program is open only for the Direct Intake in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students. The department has joined hands with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo to conduct the Special Degree program in Pharmacy.

Postgraduate ProgramsM.Sc. and Postgraduate Diploma Programs
Presently the Department of Chemistry conducts three M.Sc./Postgraduate Diploma programs.

  1. The M.Sc./Postgraduate Diploma Program in Analytical Chemistry was initiated in 1975 and is the oldest and longest running M.Sc. program in the country. Currently the annually intake stands at 32 students.
  2. The M.Sc./Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Organic Chemistry commenced in April 2006. The department continue this program with an annual intake of 20 students.
  3. The M.Sc./Postgraduate diploma in Chemistry Education commenced in June 2007 with an intake of 15 students.

Research Programs

M.Phil. / Ph.D. Degree Programs
The Department of Chemistry enrolls students to pursue M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programs under the supervision of senior faculty members of the department. The number of students in these programs varies and depends on the availability of research grants and the facilities in the department.

Industrial Services

The Centre for Analytical Research and Development (CARD) was established in the department in collaboration with the Dalhousie University, Canada in 1980. CARD is a central body that provides all possible services to the industry and institutions in Sri Lanka. Over the years we have been involved in a number of activities including analytical and consultancy services, as well as training and research programs. This has undoubtedly contributed to the requirements of both the private and the public sectors of the country.

Extension Courses

The department conducts workshops in Chemistry for GCE Advanced Level teachers on an annual basis. The workshops include both the theory and practical components.In addition the department conducts specialized courses/workshops to cater to the individual needs of industrial organizations and research institutes in specialized areas such as chromatography and spectroscopy. These workshops are conducted as and when requested and are designed taking into consideration the special requirements of the interested client.