Low-cost BSc Science External Degrees offered by the University of Colombo 

If you have three S passes at the GCE A/L examination now you can follow external degree courses offered by the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo.

BSc Degree Programs offered by the Univesity of Colombo

BSc (External) in Applied ChemistryDepartment of ChemistryProf. Aashani TillekaratneRs 350,000 per year
BSc (External) in Applied Data AnalyticsDepartment of StatisticsDr. Dilshani TisseraRs 200,000 per year
BSc (External) in Biotechnology and MicrobiologyDepartment of Plant SciencesDr. Anushka WickramasuriyaRs 300,000 per year
BSc (External) in Electronics and Automation TechnologiesDepartment of PhysicsDr. H H E JayaweeraRs 200,000 per year
BSc (External) in Environment, Development and SustainabilityDepartment of Zoology and Environment SciencesDr. Devanmini HalwaturaRs 200,000 per year
BSc (External) in Financial EngineeringDepartment of MathematicsDr. SS Nishantha PereraRs 200,000 per year
Advanced Certificate Course in Immunology & Molecular BiologyDepartment of Zoology and Environment SciencesDr. Maheshi MapalagamageN/A
University of Colombo Science External degrees

Advantages of these degrees offered by the Univesity of Colombo

  • These degrees are more affordable compared to the majority of private degree programs available in Sri Lanka.
  • By enrolling in these programs, you’ll have the opportunity to access high-quality teaching, laboratory work, and practical field experiences provided by the experienced faculty members of the University of Colombo, including both internal lecturers and professors, as well from both local and international experts.
  • As these programs are taught by university staff, there’s no need for additional private tuition classes, unlike certain other external degrees, such as the BIT program offered by the University of Colombo.
  • A Science faculty spokesperson has assured studentlanka that they are committed to completing these degrees within the prescribed three-year timeframe.
  • Moreover, upon completion, you’ll earn a degree from the prestigious University of Colombo.
  • One notable advantage of these programs is their flexibility, allowing you to pursue your degree while doing a job. This enables you to gain valuable work experience alongside your academic pursuits, setting you up for success in both your career and education.

Cost comparison with some other competitive Science Degree programs

DegreeApproximate Cost (Rs)
U of Colombo External degrees
described in this post
600,000 to 10.5 Lakh
Private Science degrees (Non IT)More than 14 Lakh
Open University Science degrees250,000


GCE Advanced Level Examination (local) – Three passes in one sitting in relevant subjects.

Any other equivalent academic/professional qualification acceptable to the faculty and the senate (eg: London A/L, City and Guilds, HNDE, etc. )

Please follow the above links for more details

Programme Duration

The duration of the program is 3 years. During each year, the programme is conducted over 2 semesters of 20 weeks.

Mode of Learning

Lectures and laboratory sessions will be conducted by a well-qualified and experienced panel of academics (local or international) both online and on-campus during weekends. Some courses are offered in Blended Mode. Lessons and discussions are conducted online during weekends (Saturday and/or Sunday). Please follow the above links for details specific to each program.

For details contact

Science Faculty External Degrees




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