Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy (MPhil/PhD) 2025


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map


Courses , MPhil/PhD

Next Intake 2024


The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) of the University of Colombo calls for applications for its MPhil/PhD Programme in multidisciplinary Studies for 2024. The programme is intended to fulfill the needs of those who are engaged in academic research, consultancy, training, administrative and management positions and is committed to impart advanced training in research to achieve a high degree of intellectual and professional competence in variety of disciplines depending on the expertise available in the FGS.

  1. To provide an intensive training in research methodology
  2. To guide research in a chosen field through rigorous supervision.
  3. To help candidates contributing to scholarship through high quality original research.

All the students who are admitted to MPhil/PhD programme will follow a course in research methodology during the first six months of the programme. In addition, they will be working on their research proposal with their assigned supervisor.

Whether a candidate proceeds with an MPhil degree or upgraded to a PhD level studies will be determined according to the performance and progress made during the first 2 years.

The MPhil or PhD shall be awarded on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination. Candidates shall be required to attend selected courses wherever necessary as determined by the FGS. The thesis will be prepared under the guidance of one or more supervisors to be nominated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and appointed by the University Senate. Where appropriate,
supervision may be arranged through liaison with other institutions in Sri Lanka or abroad.

Medium of instructions and thesis writing: English

By-Law of  MPhil/PhD Programme

Programme Name



Two Years
Three Years

SLQF Level

Level 11
Level 12

Medium of Instructions


  • Has obtained a Bachelor’s Honours degree (SLQF level 06) from a recognized University/ Institution with First or Second Class Upper Division with a minimum of 30 credits in the relevant field; OR
  • Has obtained a Bachelor’s degree (SLQF level 05), with postgraduate qualifications in the relevant field with
    substantial research component acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate; OR
  • Has obtained a two-year full-time Master’s degree with a substantial research component (SLQF level 10) in the relevant field acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate; OR
  • Has obtained any other Master’s degree (complying with the requirements of SLQF level 9) in the relevant field with a substantial research component acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate; AND
  • A good knowledge of English language and satisfactory performance at a selection test and/or interview.

A person who wishes to apply for the FGS programmes shall forward the application to the Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, No.35/30, Pro. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 07.

Applications can be downloaded from ( the faculty website. The students will be selected through an interview or a placement test or both. The next intake will be announced via the website, at the time of calling for applicants.

Course Coordinator

Professor K. Dissanayake
Ph.D, Meiji University, Tokyo

Telephone: +94 11 205 56 56

Course Assistant

Ms. Pradeepa Jayasinghe

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56