Online External Degree Programme by University of Colombo

Online External Degree Programme by University of Colombo

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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.

Sri Lanka currently enjoys a rapid growth in sectors such as aviation, maritime, education, energy and commerce. Foreign direct investment is also currently being encouraged in more specific sectors such as export manufacturing (areas such as electronics, machinery and appliances, construction material, boat industry, motor spare parts) and infrastructure sectors. The Sri Lankan banking and finance sectors have also recorded significant growth. Therefore, anticipates greater employment opportunities for well qualified and skilled personnel in these sectors. Focusing in areas of Finance/Insurance and Electronics and Automation Technologies, the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo has initiated an External Degree Program.

Program Highlights

• With weekend classes and continuous online education the program offers flexibility for working individuals.

• Currently the most affordable program of this nature in Sri Lanka, with a course fee of only LKR 125,000 per year.

• Degree completion can be done within a minimum of 3 years and maximum of 9 years after first registration which provides an advantage for individuals who wish to complete a given level and pursue a stint of employment or training in industry abroad and to rejoin the academic program.
Currently there are two external degree programs offered by the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo.(Click below Degree programme to see Course Content)


  • Online application calling will start on 1st September, 2015
  • Application deadline: 2nd October, 2015
  • Interviews: End of October, 2015
  • Final list: Mid November, 2015
  • Registration: Mid December, 2015
  • New batch will commence on 24th January, 2016

Duration 3 Years

Entry Qualification: Pass in G.C.E Advanced level


Apply on or before 30th September 2015.

Course Fee: Rs. 125,000 per year

Online (Virtual)degree programmes are well known in western countries such as UK, USA and Europe. University of Colombo now starts up to offer their BSc Degree programme via online learning platform as external degree.

It is a good starting point for the Educational reformation of Sri Lanka and produce more educated population to society.

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Online External Degree Programme by University of Colombo
Online External Degree Programme by University of Colombo

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