Degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) (By Research)

The Faculty of Natural Sciences encourages students to apply for the MPhil programs (By Research) through the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

(a) An applicant who does not have the stipulated entry requirements but possesses alternate qualifications as given below and/or professional and/or research experience relevant to the selected area of study may be considered for provisional registration. Such provisional registration shall be valid for a period of six months.
The alternate qualifications which may be considered for provisional registration are;
• Special degree in the relevant discipline from a recognized University.
• Three year degree – with relevant subject/s from a recognized university with at least a
Second classes (Lower division) pass
• Three year degree with relevant subject/s and appropriate postgraduate qualification from a recognized university
• Three year degree with relevant subjects and stipulated performance at the Examination
• Professional qualification as determined by the relevant Department and Faculty.

(b) A candidate so registered shall be required to make a presentation to the relevant Faculty within six months of the provisional registration to demonstrate her/his capability to undertake the proposed research.

(c) Acceptance of this presentation by the relevant Faculty shall be communicated to the Research Committee which shall determine the suitability of the candidate for registration. If accepted, the date of registration shall be effective from the date of first registration as a provisional candidate.

(d) If the presentation is not accepted by the relevant Faculty, the period of provisional registration may be extended by a further period of six months during which time the student is required to make another presentation at a research seminar

(e) If accepted, the date of registration shall be backdated to the ‘date of the first presentation or a date six months prior to the second presentation whichever occurs later.

(f) If not accepted on the 2nd attempt the registration will lapse.

  • Applicants who are eligible to register should first contact the relevant Head of the Department who in turn will refer the applicant to prospective supervisors.
  • The applicant should prepare a research proposal of between 1,500 and 2,500 words in consultation with the supervisor.
  • The proposal should contain sufficient information on the background, justification, objectives, research plans and research methodology, as well as a brief literature review, to enable a determination of whether the proposal is suitable for an advanced degree. The proposal should also conform to any specific guidelines set out by the relevant Faculty.
  • The supervisor shall recommend the proposal and forward the completed application form to the Dean of the relevant Faculty through the Head of the Department.
  • The Dean shall forward the proposal and application to the relevant Faculty Research Committee to review the proposal by two reviewers.
  • The application and research proposal will be scrutinized by the Faculty Research Committee and Higher Degrees and Research Committee and submitted to the Senate with its recommendation. The decision of the Senate will be conveyed to the applicant within three months of submission of the application.
  • If the application is accepted the student will be requested to register by submitting proofs of educational qualifications and payment of fees.
  • Such registration will be effective from the date of the Senate decision.

Registration fees    LKR 5,000/= (per annum)

Tuition Fees            LKR 40,000/= (per annum)

Library fees             LKR 5,000/= (refundable)

Examination Fee    LKR 35,000/=

Bench fees                LKR 10,000/= (per annum)

Administrative Fees   LKR 5,000/= (per annum)

Supplementary        LKR 500/=

*Tuition fee shall be paid annually until the submission of the thesis. The registration fee shall be paid until the award of the degree.
**To be determined by the respective Head of the Department on the basis of the statement of sources of funding sent by the candidate and subject to minimum Rs. 10,000/= per annum)
# For foreign candidates – Three times increase of charges for all fee categories.

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