Diploma in Laboratory Technology

Background and Rationale Laboratory technology is a multidisciplinary subject area that deals with acquiring knowledge and skills of the laboratory work related to disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering. According to the scope of the laboratory, technical staff in the laboratory needs the knowledge in organizing and managing the laboratory equipment and services, purchasing the chemicals and equipment depending on the requirement, maintaining them and also keeping records in a data base. Therefore, well trained and competent technical staff are required to run different types of laboratories and to manage information systems. Aims and Outcomes

  • To obtain necessary practical knowledge with related theoretical knowledge in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, IT Skills, Computer, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Laboratory Management and to develop basic skills related to theories and concepts
  • To obtain training on information systems and to use them for the purpose of storing and interpreting data and also for communication.
  • To develop personal responsibility and leadership in managerial and administration skills necessary to establish, improve and maintain laboratories while adapting to changing environments with new developments.
  • To develop research skills and to have competencies that help to deal with predetermined responsibilities.
  • To have positive attitudes towards ensuring the best possible service with limited resources and to undertake further training

Target Group

  • Those employed as laboratory technicians who wish to obtain qualifications and thereby improve their promotional and/or career prospects.
  • New developers: those who want to come into the laboratory technology field for the first time with the view of obtaining qualifications.
  • Any person wants to pursue a Diploma in Laboratory Technology at their own time and space and at an affordable cost.





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Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Diploma Programme
Conducted by :
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Programme duration :
One academic year (However, the programme provides flexibility to those who wish to take longer).
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :
Laboratory Technology

(a) Minimum of three (03) Pass grades at the G.C.E. (A/L) Examination in three (03) Science subjects, from among Applied Mathematics, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Combined Mathematics, Higher Mathematics, Information & Communication Technology, Science for Technology, Engineering for Technology, Physics, Pure Mathematics and Zoology, or

(b) Minimum of Pass grades in three (03) disciplines from among the courses in Foundation in Science/ Certificate in Science Foundation offered by the OUSL, or

Minimum of three (03) Pass grades in combination of sections (a) and (b), or

Completion of the Certificate / Advanced Certificate in Laboratory programme offered by the OUSL, or

An equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the OUSL Senate.

Issuing of Applications :
1st of March 2020 (Online application only)
www.ou.ac.lk  (click on ‘Apply Online’)
Closing Date for Applications:
Extend till 30th June 2020

Local Students

Course Fee – Please refer the Guide Book
Application fees : Rs. 350/=
Total course fee for  a local student – Rs. 120,000.00

Overseas Students
Tuition Fee : US$ 4,950*
 *: In addition to the above fee, are fundable deposit of US$ 1000 will be charged from the foreign students before the registration.  

This Certificate programme is conducted by the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Contact the Coordinator, Dr. W.H.M.A.T. Herath for further details.
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Address :
 Department of Botany, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Contact :
Email :
The Open University of Sri Lanka
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