Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours

The Program

The Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours (BSEHons) programme aims to produce quality, skillful graduates in this rapidly developing discipline, which covers one of the major fields of computing according to the ACM/IEEE curriculum guidelines. The degree has been specially designed in response to the industry demand to produce graduate software engineers.

For those who aspire to become software architects, software engineers, system analysts, and QA engineers this programme would be of immense value. The duration of the program is four (4) years, however, if a student possesses accepted formal post-secondary educational qualifications at the entrance, he/she may complete the program within a shorter period.

This programme explores the design, construction and implementation of large, complex software systems, which meet information processing challenges, subject to constraints such as cost, time and risk management. Students should complete core units in computer science, programming, software engineering, mathematics and Quality Assurance and Testing. Special attention is given to making students proficient in communication skills.

Our Partnerships

The OUSL has partnered with the University Grants Commission to bring a host of benefits to students who follow the program. A zero-interest loan scheme will be available to those who complete all the requirements. A low-interest bank loan is available via the People’s Bank to purchase a computer to follow the study program online. A subsidized data package will be made available to access the learning materials and learner management systems. 

We have also formed a close collaboration with the Sri Lanka Association for Software Service Companies (SLASSCOM), the largest association for companies exporting software. Experts from SLASSCOM member companies have provided input to the design of the curricula to ensure that the graduates of the program have the right attributes and qualities expected by the software industry. SLASSCOM member companies will also provide internship opportunities and scholarships for those with the right attitude and aptitude. We would also like to suggest that you take up the challenges listed at the FutureCareersBridge site maintained by SLASSCOM, so you can get a head start on developing  IT skills that will help you to secure internships as well as help in successfully completing the BSE degree program.

Another important aspect of the BSE program is the partnership that OUSL formed with Coursera – a platform that offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)  from world-renowned universities and large multinational companies. Some examples of institutes that offer courses through Coursera are world-leading universities such as Imperial College, London, the US universities: John Hopkins, Duke, Pennsylvania etc. and organizations such as IBM, GOOGLE, AMAZON etc. All students registered for the  BSE program will be able to follow over 4,200 courses and 750 guided projects offered by these universities and organisations. Some of these courses allow a student to acquire internationally transferable credits. 

Program Delivery

The OUSL will use a technology-supported distance delivery model to deliver the programme.  A  Learner Management System (LMS), will be used to manage the learner activities and provide access to materials. Tutorial support will be provided through discussion forums and other facilities available in the LMS. A panel of dedicated tutorial support staff will be coordinating small groups of students and provide individual assistance when required. 

The study programme will be delivered through all 28 regional centres of the OUSL located in Anuradhapura, Badulla, Batticaloa, Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy, Kurunegala, Matara and Ratnapura,  and study centres in Ambalangoda, Ambalantota, Ampara, Bandarawela, Galle, Gampaha, Hatton, Kalutara, Kegalle, Kilinochchi, Kuliyapitiya, Mannar, Matale, Monaragala, Mullaitivu, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Vavuniya. Students will be able to access computer laboratories with high-speed internet connectivity at these centres.

Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Undergraduate Programme
Conducted by :
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology
Programme duration :
Minimum 4 Years
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :
  • Passes for any Three GCE A/L subjects (excluding General IT (GIT) and General English) in any number of sittings OR
  • Completed any Advanced Certificate Program offered by the OUSL   OR
  • C passes in any three subjects in Cambridge/Edexcel Advanced Level Examination OR
  • Any other equivalent or higher qualifications acceptable to the Senate


  • Pass the Selection Test

Joining the Program

Applications must be submitted online at

Carefully read the “Instructions for Submitting the Application”  before starting your application. 

Please follow the following steps to apply for the Program

  • Carefully read the “Instructions for Submitting the Application”  before starting your application. 
  • Complete and submit the Online Application. Application submission is reopened from 12th May – 23rd of May 2021
  • Pay the application fee of Rs. 600.00, select the Venue, Date and Time to sit the test and download the admission card
  • No changes allowed after downloading the admission card
  • Nobody allowed to sit the test without a valid admission card
  • The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will conduct a series of pre-orientation webinars to present the details about the study program. If you wish to participate please register at ………….. You will be emailed a link to the Webinar.
  • Sit for the selection test on the chosen Date, Time and at the chose Venue 
  • Selection Test dates are 25th and 28th of May 2021

Those who have three passes at GCE A/L AND passed the selection test in the first round will be notified to register for the programme. They will be able to register from 13th of  May 2021 to 23rd May 2021.
There will be an Information Session on Selecting courses and the registering process on 11th of May 8-9am and 6-8pm on Zoom. The Zoom link will be given soon

Commencement of the Orientation Program (StART@OUSL):30 May 2021

Application Fee                            Rs. 600.00
Registration Fee                          Rs. 600.00
Facilities Fee                                Rs. 1,500.00
Library facilities                           Rs. 200.00
Request for exemptions             Rs. 60 / credit
Start@OUSL (Compulsory)        Rs. 5,500.00

Bursaries and Scholarship
opportunities are available at OUSL for those who require financial assistance Course fees.
3000  / credit (to graduate a  student must pass 130 credits)

  • A government-sponsored zero-interest loan facility will be available to selected candidates. 
  • People’s Bank will provide a low-interest loan to purchase a computer for online learning. 
  • Discussions are on-going to provide a zero or low-cost data package for online learning.


For more details or Contact the coordinator, Ms. Ms. Ishara Kasturiarachchi for further details.

Address :
  Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng/ OUSL/ Nawala
Contact :
  +94 11 288 1081,
  +94 70 181 9239 Tamil and English medium
  +94 70 181 9240 Sinhala and English medium
  +94 70 181 9241 English medium
Email :

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