MSc in Medical Entomology & Applied Parasitology

The Programme in Master of Science Degree in Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology is designed for biologists, veterinarians and medical personnel who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in a comprehensive range of aspects covering Medical Entomology and Parasitology. This programme consists of a broad range of modules that cater to persons currently engaged or seeking careers in health-related public and private sectors, research, academia and further postgraduate study.

The programme is designed to meet the growing need to develop knowledge and skills in vector-borne disease control and vector control. These areas of study are important since life-threatening vector-borne diseases like Dengue, Malaria and JE, still continue to be a major public health concern throughout the world despite all efforts to control their transmission.


  • Enable personnel employed in the health sectors to obtain specialized knowledge in fields related to vectors, pathogens and their control.
  • Expand the opportunities for postgraduate studies in the field of Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology and facilitate careers in the health sector.
  • Promote research in areas relevant to Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology.

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced theoretical and practical knowledge on current vector-borne diseases with respect to their causative pathogens, vectors of diseases, epidemiology, public health issues, social factors and disease control strategies.
  • Analyse vector-borne disease issues by applying relevant laboratory and field techniques and finding sustainable solutions.
  • Demonstrate abilities to gather in-depth knowledge in any area of specialization and to logically present findings in written and oral form.
  • Work effectively within teams of experts, the general public and other relevant stakeholders to create a positive change towards the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases.
  • Contribute to the development of new knowledge in relevant areas of specialization by conducting independent and pure research studies.
  • Communication-Disseminate research outcomes to a variety of audiences using well developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Attitudes, values, professionalism and Lifelong learning – Exhibit professionalism in dealing with different aspects of vector-borne disease control


Year 1                 

Discipline-based Courses – Compulsory

ZYP8301  Arthropods of Medical and Veterinary Importance
ZYP8302  Human Parasites
ZYP8603  Introduction to Immunology & Molecular Biology
ZYP9304  Host-Parasite Interactions
ZYP9605  Epidemiology and Control of Vector-borne Diseases
ZYP9306  Diagnostic Parasitology
ZYP9307  Practical Techniques in Medical Entomology
ZYP9308  Public Health – Issues and Policies

Year 2     

Compulsory courses

ZYPAI09   Research Project
ZYEA314 Research Methodology and Communication Skills

Optional courses

ZYPA410 Defense Mechanisms in Vectors and Parasites
ZYPA411 Molecular Biology of Vectors and Parasites
ZYPA412 Control of Arthropod Vectors of Diseases
ZYPA413 Clinical Aspects of Vector-borne Diseases

All courses offered in Year 1 are compulsory. Three of the specialized optional courses offered in year 2 can be chosen depending on the need and interest. Further, second-year courses have certain prerequisites. 

Read the Programme Guide for more information on academic activities.

Brochure               Prospectus

Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Masters Degree Programme;
Conducted by :
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Programme duration :
Minimum 2 years
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :
The MSc in Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology involves courses related to Medical Entomology,
Parasitology, Epidemiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Vector Population Management, Clinical Aspects
of Diseases, Disease Management related to vector-borne diseases, Public Health Issues and Polices with practical
experiences for skills development related to and a compulsory research project.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Biological Sciences) from a recognized university, or

• Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science from a recognized university, or

• Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from a recognized university, or

• An equivalent or higher professional qualification acceptable to the OUSL Senate.

Accepting On-line Applications:
    4th March 2022
Closing Date for On-line Applications:
Programme Registration date:
    7th May 2022 (CRC,KRC,MRC)
Commencement of Academic Activities:
    21st May 2022


New Registration/Re-registration – 13th May 2022 (CRC, KRC, MRC)
Late Registration (NR/RR) – 28th May 2022 (CRC)
Add/Drop – 10th June 2022 (CRC, KRC, MRC)
Drop – 18th July 2022 (CRC)
Registration Fee Rs.  1,000.00
Facility Fee Rs.  1,500.00
Library Fee Rs.   200.00
Laboratory Deposit (Refundable) Rs.   10,000.00
Tuition Fee Rs.  220,110.00
Research fee Rs.  50,000.00
Total  Rs. 284,310.00


Fees can be paid in instalments.

Those who fail in the examination are required to re-registration and to pay for courses which they have repeated

This Post Graduate Degree programme is conducted by the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Open University of Sri Lanka.

Address :

Dr. Kithsiri H Jayawardena, Head/ Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences,
The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala.

Dr ChanikaD Jayasinghe, Coordinator/ MSc in Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology,
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala.

Contact :
011 288 1488, 0112881446
Email :

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