Postgraduate Degree

Nuclear Science

MSc in Nuclear Science

M.Sc. Course in Nuclear Science was first set up in 1982 with the sponsorship of the Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka. The main aim of this course was to meet the needs of the expanding fields of research and industrial applications of nuclear techniques in Sri Lanka.

Nuclear Techniques are currently being used in many fields. These include medicine, industry, agriculture, archaeology and almost all areas of research. The possible fields of application are rapidly expanding. This requires well trained personnel with special sense of discipline. The item of highest priority of any atomic energy programme must be proper training of adequate number of scientists in important areas of atomic energy.

The M.Sc. course in nuclear Science offered by the Department of Nuclear Science provides a broad based training in theoretical and applied nuclear science. Training in safety and protection is an integral part of this course. The course also includes practical and project work so that the students will gain confidence and also experience in safe handling of Radioactivity.


B.Sc. Degree in Physical or Biological Science or any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Senate of University of Colombo.

programme structure

The M.Sc. programs offered by the Department of Nuclear Science consists of three parts. Following are guidelines issued by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of the UGC.

Part I - Medical Physics (Postgraduate Diploma)

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Physics can be offered with 25 credits course work under Part I (without conducting any research project). Depending on the level of performance (minimum GPA of 2.0), Postgraduate Diploma can be offered.

Part II - M.Sc. in Medical Physics with Course work

The M.Sc. degree (Course work) can be offered by completing 25 credits course work and 5 credit independent research study module after Part I to those who are having a GPA of 2.5 or better in Part I. Depending on the level of performance (minimum GPA of 2.5 for Part II), Masters Degree can be offered.

Part III - M.Sc. in Medical Physics with course work and research

The M.Sc. degree (Course work and research) can be Offered by completing a 30 credit (1 year) optional research module after Part II to those who are having GPA of 3.0 or better in Part II. Depending on the level of performance (minimum GPA of 2.5 in Part III), Masters Degree(with research) can be offered.

Course Outline


  • MNS 5001 – Detection and measurement of radiation, Applied Statistics (4C, 60L)
  • MNS 5002 – Nuclear Power and radiobiology (4C, 60L)
  • MNS 5003 – Nuclear Physics and health physics (4C, 60L)
  • MNS 5004 – Radio and Radiation Chemistry, Nuclear Geology (4C, 60L)
  • MNS 5005 – Applications (4C, 60L)
  • MNS 5006 – Laboratory work (4C, 120P)


  • MMP5019 – Guided independent research project (5C, 150P)


  • MMP5020 –  Research Project (full time)  (30C, 1 year)


Admission details

Duration: 18-24 months and will be conducted in the evenings (Friday) and on weekends. They consist of two parts, Part 1-course work (theory and laboratory) and part II- research work.

Payments for domestic students (for part I and Part II):
Course fee – 185,000/= (Application fee code: 314061600005 for 2018 intake).
In addition, students are expected to pay registration fees (Rs. 2500/=), library fees (Rs.5000/=) and examination fees (Rs.15,000/=).

Payments for International students (for part I and Part II):
Total fee – 5000 USD (included all the payment)

For further details please contact:
Dr.Manuja Lamabadusuriya, Course Coordinator, MSc in Nuclear Science,
Phone: 0112502525, email:

Teaching Panel