11University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura situated in the heart of Colombo boasts of a long and glorious history. Having been established in the 1959 at Gangodawila, its roots can be traced back to the Vidyodaya Pirivena established in 1873 by Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero at Maligakanda.  Today the University pays homage to 60 years of history while paying tribute to journey of 145 years.

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura formerly known as Vidyodaya Pirivena was the essence of the revival of Sri Lankan Education. It is the second oldest University in Sri Lanka and the first University established in Independent Ceylon.

Today the University stands strong with eight faculties, faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesFaculty of Applied SciencesFaculty of Management Studies and CommerceFaculty of Medical SciencesFaculty of Graduate StudiesFaculty of EngineeringFaculty of Technology and its latest addition Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. The University is home to over 12,000 Undergraduates, over 1000 postgraduate students. It is considered the largest University in terms of Student Population in Sri Lanka.

The University is also in the forefront of research and innovation with a research council of over 20 research centres and an Invention, Innovation and Venture Creation Council with over 50 Entrepreneurs and stakeholders with over 15 patents.

The University has also maintained cordial relationship with many international bodies of education and have signed over 60 MoUs with recognized internationally acclaimed universities; and over 60 MoUs with established international and local companies, the university strives to give its students an international experience, offering student exchange programmes and internships.

Throughout the years the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has managed to develop in many areas expanding its horizons and will continue this journey reaching many milestones that will no doubt ensure that the University will produce smart, efficient, skillful and professional individuals that will aid in the development of our mother nation.


Univeristy of Sri Jayewardenepura was established by the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka under the provisions of Universities Act No 16 of 1978. It is an autonomous university established under the provisions of this Act and the following subsequent amending Acts.

Academic and administrative functions of the University as well as policy planning are taken by the Official Boards empowered under the University Act. The Administrative Council, Senate, Faculty Boards, and Post-graduate Academic Boards are the Officials Boards of the University.

Decisions of these Boards are put into effect by the various officers of the University.

Courses and Degrees

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura conducts the courses to students who have gained admission to the university, These students are selected based on their performance at the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) examination. They are admitted to 3 or 4 years full time degree programmes. All the expenses to conduct these courses are met by the government under the Free Education policy. The general expenditure of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura is around 7.8 million rupees per day.

In addition, according to the resources and facilities available in different faculties and considering the current national and global requirements of the country, the university offers Certificate and Postgraduate Diplomas, M.A., M.Sc., M Phil, and PhD, programmes. Most of these courses cater to employed graduates and are conducted on a part time basis. These courses are fee-levying courses. Research relevant to postgraduate Degree are conducted in the university or in outside organizations. A postgraduate Degrees are conducted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Different courses conducted by the university and their duration are as follows:


There are 494 permanent members of the Academic staff and 9740 undergraduates. Rest of the staff consists of nearly 765.

First Degree Courses

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences conducts Degree programs under 24 different fields of study. Students can design their own General Degree programs in relation to these 24 fields of study: they can also design their Special Degree Programs in line with these fields of study, with the exception of subjects such as French, Management and Information Technology which are offered only as General Degree programs.

First Degree Courses
1. B.A. (General) Degree Course) (03 years)
2. B.A. Special Degree Course Criminology (04 years)
3. B.A. Special Degree Course-Economics (04 years)
4. B.A. Special Degree Course -English Language (04 years)
5. B A special Degree Course -English Literature (04 years)
6. B A special Degree Course – History (04 years)
7. B.A. Special Degree Course -Mass Communication (04 years)
8. B.A. Special Degree Course -Philosophy & Psychology (04 years)
9. BA. Special Degree Course -Political Science
10. B.A. Special Degree Course – Teaching English as a Second Language (04 years)
11. B.A. Special Degree Course -Pali (04 years)
12. B.A. Special Degree Course -Archaeology (04 years)
13. B.A. Special Degree Course -Buddhist Philosophy (4 years)
14. B.A. Special Degree Course -Buddhist & Civilization (04 years)
15. B.A. Special Degree Course -Geography (04 years)
16. B A. Special Degree Course -Anthropology (04 years)
17. B.A. Special Degree Course -Business Statistics (04 years)
18. B.A. Special Degree Course -Sanskrit (04 years)
19. B.A. Special Degree Course -Music (04 years)
20. B A, Special Degree Course -Dancing (04 years)
21. B.A. Special Degree Course -Sociology (04 years)
22. B.A .Special Degree Course -Sinhala (04 years)
23. B.A. Special Degree Course Social -Statistics (04 years)
24. B.A. Special Degree Course -Hindi (04 years)
25. B.A. Special Degree Course in Information Technology (04 years)

Faculty of Management Studies & Commerce

1.B.Com. (Special) Degree Programme (04 years)

2. B.Sc Marketing Management (Special) Degree Programme (04 years)
3. B.Sc Accounting (Special) Degree Programme
4. B.Sc Estate Management & Valuation (Special) Degree Programme (04 years)
5. B.Sc Human Resource Management (Special) Degree Programme (04 years)
6. B.Sc Finance (Special) Degree Programme  (04 years)
7. B.Sc operations and Technology Management (Special) Degree Programme (04 years)
8. B.Sc Public Management (special) Degree Programme (04 years)
9. B.Sc Entrepreneurship (special) Degree Programme (04 years)
10. B.Sc Business Information systems (special) Degree Programme(04 years)
11.B.Sc Business Administration Degree Programme – (Business Economics) (Special) Degree Programme (04 years)
12. B.Sc Business Administration (Special) Degree Programme (04 years)

Faculty of Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences conducts  B.Sc. General Degree program ( Three years ) and B.Sc. Special Degree program ( Four Years )

Existing Name of the Degree ProgrammeName of the Degree Programme(No. of Years)Name of the QualificationAbbreviated QualificationSLQF Level
B. Sc.General (3)Bachelor of ScienceBSc5
B. Sc. in Physics and ICTGeneral (3)Bachelor of Science in Physics and ICTBSc(PICT)5
B. Sc.(Special) in ChemistrySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in ChemistryBScHons(Chemistry)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Plant BioTechnologySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in Plant BioTechnologyBScHons(PBT)6
B. Sc.(Special) in MicrobiologySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in MicrobiologyBScHons(Microbiology)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Plant BiologySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in Plant BiologyBScHons(PlantBio)6
B. Sc.(Special) in ZoologySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in ZoologyBScHons(Zoology)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Aquatic Resource ManagementSpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in Aquatic Resource ManagementBScHons(ARM)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Environmental Management & ForestrySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in Environmental Management & ForestryBScHons(EMF)6
B. Sc.(Special) in MathematicsSpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in MathematicsBScHons(Mathematics)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Applied MathematicsSpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied MathematicsBScHons(AppliedMaths)6
B. Sc.(Special) in PhysicsSpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in PhysicsBScHons(Physics)6
B. Sc.(Special) in StatisticsSpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in StatisticsBScHons(Statistics)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Computer ScienceSpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in Computer ScienceBScHons(ComputerSc)6
B. Sc.(Special) in BiologySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in BiologyBScHons(Biology)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Industrial ChemistrySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in Industrial ChemistryBScHons(IndustrialChem)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Polymer ChemistrySpecial (2 + 2)Bachelor of Science Honours in Polymer ChemistryBScHons(PolymerChem)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Food Science and TechnologySpecial (4)Bachelor of Science Honours in Food Science and TechnologyBScHons(FST)6
B. Sc.(Special) in Sport Science and ManagementSpecial (4)Bachelor of Science Honours in Sport Science and ManagementBScHons(SSM)6
B. Sc.(Honours) in Applied SciencesExtended (3 + 1)Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied SciencesBScHons(AppliedSc)6

Faculty of Medical Sciences

First Degree Courses

1. MBBS course (05 years)
2. B.Sc. Nursing (Special) Degree course (04 years)
3. B.Sc. Nursing (General) Degree course (03 years)
4. Pharmacy (Special) Degree course (04 years)
5. Pharmacy (General) Degree course (03 years)
6. B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Seience (Special) Degree course (04 years)
7. B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Science (General) Degree course (03 years)
8. B.Sc. Human Biology (Special) Degree course (04 years)
9. B.Sc. Human Biology (General) Degree course (03 years)

MBBS study programme and Allied Sciences study programmes

Faculty of Technology

  • Bachelor of Biosystems Technology Honours Degree
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours Degree
  • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology Honours Degree

Faculty of Engineering

Bachelor of the Science of Engineering

Specializations –

1. Civil Engineering (04 Years)

2. Computer Engineering (04 Years)

3. Electrical and Electronic Engineering (04 Years)
4. Mechanical Engineering (04 Years)

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Tele: +94 11 2758000, +94 11 2802022, +94 11 2801024, +94 11 2801025
Email: info@sjp.ac.lk

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