Online degrees and Courses in Sri Lanka

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Now you can obtain a degree or diploma without attending a university or an institute. These are called as online degrees. Although this is a novel concept to Sri Lanka it’s a much popular option in other foreign countries. All you need to have is an internet-connected computer and required financing. Different types of qualifications are awarded through this method such as Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters Degrees.

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Distance Education Modernization Project

Several Online degrees were initiated in Sri Lanka in 2003 under Distance Education Modernization Project (DEMP). DEMP is an initiative of the Ministry of Higher Education. The main objective of DEMP is facilitating the means to develop online distance learning (ODL) institutions and a means for delivering ODL throughout the country.

In Sri Lanka some state universities, professional associations, private and public sector education institutions offer number of online degrees. Out of them Universities of Colombo and Rajarata are pioneer online degree providers. They offer number of online Bachelors and Masters Degrees. You can choose an online course according to your preference. There are different subject areas offered by institutes such as Management, Marketing, Science, Engineering, IT and Cookery.

There are many advantages of online degree programmes. The main benefit is you can obtain a degree while you’re engage in other work such as employment. At the same time it will save your time and travelling cost. This has become a popular option in foreign countries as you can enroll for a course of an institute which is far from your home town. For example a student live in Galle can enroll for a course in Rajarata University. Financial assistance is also available to needy students under the Stipend Program. You can contact National Online Distance Education Service of Sri Lanka on +94 (0) 11 267-1783 or email

However there are some disadvantages of these online degrees. The main drawback is there will be less interaction between lecturers and students. Sometimes you may feel boring rather than studying in a classroom with number of other students. Also you need to have a good internet-connected computer at your home or working place.

Following is a list of available courses under this programme.

Online Degrees offered by Sri Lankan Universities

University of Colombo

  • M. Sc. in Disaster Management
  • Masters in Applied Organic Chemistry
  • M. Sc. in Bioinformatics
  • M.Sc. in Environmental Science
  • M.Sc. in Medical Toxicology

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka

  • Bachelors Degree in Business Management
  • Bachelors Degree in Physical Sciences
  • Bachelors Degree in Biological sciences

 University of Moratuwa

  • Bachelor of Information Technology

University of Peradeniya

  • Bachelor of Business Administration

University of Jaffna

  • Bachelor of Business Management

Post Graduate Diplomas

  •  Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing by Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM)

Higher National Diplomas
IDM Computer Studies (Pvt.) Ltd

  • Higher National Diploma in Teacher Education
  • Higher National Diploma in E-Business and ICT

Centre for the Study of Human Rights,
(University of Colombo)- Diploma in Human Rights

Damrivi Foundation

  • Diploma in English
  • Diploma in Buddhist Studies

Department of Vocational Studies, Ladies College- Diploma in Teaching Children with Special Learning Disabilities
Indination Computer Institute- Diploma in Computer Studies
Informatics Institute of Technology- Diploma in Computing
International Institute of Health Sciences- Diploma in Hospital Management
Institute of Technology- Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology
Institute of Supplies and Materials Management- Diploma in Purchasing and Materials Management
Institute of Agro-technology and Rural Sciences- Diploma in Agro-Technology
(University of Colombo)

Institute of Engineering Technology- Diploma in building and structural engineering
OpenArc School of Business and Technology

  • Diploma in Software Development
  • Diploma in Computerised Drafting
  • Diploma in Project Management

Post Graduate Institute of Medicine-
(University of Colombo) Diploma in Family Medicine
Tecland Institute of Computer Studies- Diploma in Information & Communication Technology – ICT-
University of Colombo- Diploma in E-Business
Sri Lanka Institute of Development Admin,.- Diploma in Public Management
Winstone School of Culinary Arts- Diploma in Food and Beverages
Winstone School of Culinary Arts- Diploma in Cookery

Open Online Free Courses offered by University of Sri Jayewardenpeura

University of Sri Jayewardenepura offers Free online learning programs. It gives you free access to courses on Humanities, Sociology, Management, Commerce, Science, Mathematics and Medicine.

Other courses
Institute of Quantity Surveyors- Certificate in Quantity Surveying
National Institute of Health Science

  •  Certificate in External Pharmacists Training
  • Certificate in Exercise Therapy and Mental Training

Open University of Sri Lanka

  • Educational Technology
  • Continuing Professional Development for General Medical Practitioners

Institute of Certified Management Accountants

  • Technician Stage Qualification
  • Professional Stage Qualification

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  1. Jenita Francis . May 16, 2017 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi. I would like to follow online degree course. I have passed o/l & a/l arts.

  2. tiranthi perera March 12, 2017 at 6:40 am -  Reply

    Please send me the information relevant to degree at peradeniya campus. I need to do online degree.

  3. mafaza February 28, 2017 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi,may I know how can I register for online teaching course. And what are the fees

  4. Danishka February 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    I need the details about PGDM conduct by SLIM. When is next intake for online program and what would be the cost and the duration.

  5. M.KEERTHIKA February 2, 2017 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    I’m looking to pursue an online Diploma in Software Development . Please guide me to the steps of how I can join for the online course.

  6. Yasir Rizvi January 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    I’m looking to pursue an online business administration or a business management degree. Please guide me to the steps of how I can join for the online course.

  7. Lushani Surani January 9, 2017 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    H,i im lushani working as kinder garden teacher in Dubai. Pl z guide me to do online degree or course related to SEN children.

  8. MBM BAASHIR December 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Diploma in Project Management and Diploma in Human Rights course detail with qualifications more details
    how to register

  9. Nelika Lakmal November 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    I have BSc and I want to do a post graduate diploma or a basic diploma,can you help me ,my email address is hpbnlakmal51@

  10. Shermila November 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Please send me the details such as eligibility criteria and how to apply for the ONLINE course of BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION conducting by University of Peradeniya

    • Hiran November 3, 2016 at 7:35 am -  Reply

      Pl contact University of Peradeniya External Examination Unit

  11. enos September 20, 2016 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    i want to study bachelor degree of information technology.please help me

  12. kulzum August 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi can I know if there is any courses for teachers?

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