Welcome to the Open and Distance Learning Centre (ODLC)

ODLC of the Faculty of Science was established with the intention of coordinating extension courses offered by the faculty. At the moment ODLC coordinates two external degree programmes B.Sc. In Financial Engineering and B.Sc. in Electronics & Automation Technologies.

External Degree Programme

Welcome to the page of open and flexible learning degree programmes offered by the most distinguish Science faculty in Sri Lanka. This page provides a guide to select an undergraduate external BSc Degree, Diploma or Certificate courses in University of Colombo.

Enrollment now open for External Degree Program 2019

Dates to be remembered

  • Activate online application: September 01, 2018 | Apply Now
  • Application deadline: September 30, 2018
  • Interviews: 21 October 2018
  • Final list: October 2018
  • Registration: 04 & 05 January 2019
  • New batch will commence: 20 January 2019

Rationale: External Degree Programmes

Annually around 30,000 school candidates sitting the G.C.E (Advanced Level) examination in science streams become eligible for university admissions (10,000 from physical science and 20,000 from biological science). However, recent statistics (2009/2010) indicate that the state universities can only accommodate 29 % and 44% of the eligible students to the Biological Science and Physical Science streams respectively thus, majority being denied of university education. Most of these A/L only qualified students ultimately join the work force without a formal undergraduate education or skills developed.


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The 1st batch of students taken in January 2015 completed their academic work in December 2017 (3 years). They graduated in February 2018. Degree awarding ceremony will be held together with the BIT degree program.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th batches taken in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively are continuing their academic work. The 2nd batch of students is expected to complete their academic work in December 2018.

Registered external degree students can login to the Student Information System (SIS) and the Learning Management System (LMS) by following the link given below.

EDP – Hub

Study Areas

The undergraduate programs lead to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree and offers two specialty courses

B.Sc. In Financial Engineering

B.Sc. in Electronics and Automation Technologies

Learning Resources

Our learning resources have been developed to enhance, students interaction with the faculty and subject areas

Learning Management System

Student Information System