Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is offered by the following Faculties of the University of Kelaniya, under the auspices of the Faculty of Graduate Studies:

  i. Board of Study in Commerce & Business Management

 ii. Board of Study in Humanities

iii. Board of Study in Medical Sciences

iv. Board of Study in Science

 v. Board of Study in Social Sciences

vi. Board of Study in Computing

PhD applicants should submit a research proposal to FGS. This will be directed to the relevant Faculty and department upon consideration by the Board of Study. Supervisor/s will be appointed by the Board of Study, once the eligibility of the candidate is accepted, based on the proposal and a presentation made by the applicant to the senior academics of the Faculty/department. The duration of study for a PhD is three years, with extensions possible, on recommendations by the supervisor/s. Progress reports need to be submitted to FGS via the supervisor, every 06 months. Dissertation or thesis guidelines will be issued to the candidate once eligibility for a PhD is accepted. FGS encourages empirical research by its PhD candidates, so applicants should be prepared to conduct research, and not be depended solely on library sources or other secondary material.

Course Fee

Application Fee - LKR 2,000/=

People's Bank Account No - 055-1001-1-0667549

Board of Study
Local Students Foreign Students
Commerce & Business Management
(with effect from 12th September 2017)
805,000/= LKR 1,200,000
(with effect from 12th September 2017)
230,000/= LKR 24,000 + USD 3,000
(with effect from 12th September 2017)
230,000/= LKR 24,000 + USD 3,000
Social Sciences
(with effect from 12th September 2017)
355,000/= to be notified
Medical Sciences
150,000/= to be notified

Computing                                      (with effect from 28th October 2019)

357,000/= to be notifie
Multidisciplinary Studies 485,000/=  


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Program Duration


SLQF Level

Official Program Duration

Maximum Extensions

Maximum Re-registration

Total Duration from the Date of Registration



3 Years

3 Years

1 Year *

7 Years


*The re-registration period is allowed subject to making relevant fees.

Requirements to be Completed

Requirements to be Completed


Obtaining Ethical Clearance


Number of Progress Reports


Number of Progress Presentations


Skills Development Program



Guidelines for Postgraduate Programmes

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Faculty of Graduate Studies

University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya 11600,

Sri Lanka

+094 (112) 903 952

+094 (112) 903 953

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