Bachelor of Science (BSc) External Degree Programme

This external degree programme provides an overall understanding of the basic and in-depth knowledge of Biology/Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and related technologies. The practical component correlates theory with practice and provides hands-on experiences on practical/laboratory skills and techniques. Optional courses such as Principles of Management, Information Technology, Communication Skills, Fundamentals of Leadership, Fundamentals of Economics, Project Management, Quality Assurance, Teacher Professionalism, Education Psychology and Green Technology promote a graduate beyond the horizon of science and produce highly employable graduates.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least ‘S’ grades for all approved subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Combined Mathematics, Botany, Zoology, Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or Higher Mathematics) at G.C.E. Advanced Level (A/L)/ Edexcel (UK)/ Cambridge (UK) examination in one sitting AND
  • A simple pass for G.C.E Ordinary Level (O/L) English.

Lateral entry: Candidates who have successfully completed,

  • NVQ* Level 05
  • Diploma in National College of Education (Vidyapeeta) OR
  • Those who have partially completed BSc Science degrees

with relevant subjects can be considered for an exemption of year one or certain course units on approval of  board of study on external degrees in science and Senate.
*National Vocational Qualification
(Should send an application before the given application deadline to be considered) 

Course fees  LKR 150,000/= per year plus

Application fees – LKR 1000/=

Registration fees – LKR 1000/=

Examination fees – LKR 500/= per course unit

*Please note that fees paid are non-refundable

Application for 2024 Intake

Online Application is available now

Application fee of Rs. 1,000/- can be paid directly to the: Shroff counter at Uva Wellassa University (Senate building, ground floor) 
Deposit to the account no. of Peoples Bank, Badulla Branch 010 – 1 – 001 – 6 – 8384805 and attach a scanned copy of the payment slip to the online application

Dates to Remember

Application deadline for 2024 intake :January 12, 2024
Aptitude test (If necessary) :February, 2024
Registration deadline :February, 2024
Course commencement :March, 2024

What’s Next?

Paths After Obtaining a BSc Degree
  • You can do higher studies MSc, MPhil, PhD (local or abroad) and become scientists, research fellows, university academics, scientific/research officers etc.
  • Follow Sri Lanka Administrative and Scientific Service exams and join the Sri Lanka Administrative and Scientific Service positions (in Government Ministries and Departments, Universities & other Government bodies)
  • Become a Graduate teacher/School principal
  • Join Private Sector Management – Manager, Executive, Senior Executive, General Manager, Director, Chairman, CEO
  • Join Private Sector Industry as Management Trainee, Manager, Team Leaders, Head of the Department, Research Officers
  • Join Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)
  • Become Entrepreneurs – Develop your own industry/business and become it’s CEO

Contact Details

Coordinator: Prof. Pamoda Ratnaweera, Mobile: 0718400236, Email:

Sub-coordinator: Dr. Chathura Wijerathne, Mobile: 0711566361, Email:

Office: 0716661899 (Mr. Gayan Chathuranga), Email :

Programme Duration

The duration of the programme is three (03) academic years.

Programme Structure

This degree is offered under two main subject streams:

  • For A/L Biology stream students: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • For A/L Mathematics stream students: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics

and Optional Courses

Course outline:

First Year No. of Credits Second Year No. of Credits Third Year No. of Credits
Biology/Mathematics units 9 Biology/Mathematics units 9 Biology/Mathematics units 9
Chemistry units 9 Chemistry units 9 Chemistry units 9
Physics units 9 Physics units 9 Physics units 9
Optional units 3 Optional units 3 Optional units 3
Total credits 30 Total credits 30 Total credits 30

Total number of credits for the degree: 90 credits

More Details of the set courses and semester-wise distribution can be found in the course catalogue

Medium of Instruction

The medium of teaching, practical classes and assessments/examinations are in English.

Mode of Learning

Lectures and practical classes will be conducted by a well-qualified experienced panel of academics. Lectures will be 100% online mode (with on-campus classroom activities according to the preference of the lecturer) during weekends. Practical classes will be conducted during pre-informed one/two weeks of the semester, on-campus.

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