The University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) celebrated 50 years of computing in the University of Colombo in 2017. The first ever Computer Science Masters programme in Sri Lanka was launched at the University of Colombo in 1990, while computing was taught at undergraduate level university of Colombo since 1967. The masters level teaching grew ever since to the current state, and has evolved into three masters programs today. The course is delivered by a highly qualified academic staff and professionals from the industry.
The faculty of UCSC consists of three professors, and over 20 PhD holders specialising in several disciplines in computing domain. As the pioneers of computing in Sri Lanka, UCSC aims to provide its students a unique experience in both theoretical and practical aspects of computing.
The programme consists of both the course work and a dissertation spanning into 2 years. The students who excel in the first two semesters of the MCS programme are provided an opportunity to register for the Master of Science in Computer Science which includes an advanced research focused dissertation work.
a) A Bachelors Degree in Computing from a University or Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission and/or the University of Colombo; OR
b) Any other academic or professional qualification deemed equivalent to a Bachelors Degree in Computing by the Senate of the University of Colombo on the recommendation of the School. Each application under this category shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note: A student who satisfies the specified minimum academic performance in the first two semesters is eligible to register for the second year of the program (third and fourth semesters)
The applicants who possess the eligibility requirements shall sit for a selection test (an aptitude test and a subject test) and the short listed candidates from the selection test shall face an interview in order to be selected to the programme.
The fee for MCS and MSc in CS are categorized into 3 types as local, foreign SAARC countries, and foreign non-SAARC countries.
In addition to the registration fee, the fee includes a Non-Refundable Library Fee of Rs. 15,000/=. The non-refundable library fee should only be paid once and is valid for the whole duration of the degree programme. The value of the library fee is same for both local and foreign students.
Note: Non-Refundable Library fee is NOT included in the registration fee for degree programme.
Graduate students are required to pay a 75% of the course fee for MCS degree at the initial registration for the degree programme in the first year. The remaining of 25% of the fee should be paid at the registration for the second year of the degree programme.
|MCS||MSc in CS|
|Initial payment at first year||Rs. 337,500||Rs. 337,500|
|Payment at second year||Rs. 112,500||Rs. 162,500|
|Total Fee||Rs. 450,000||Rs. 500,000|
Foreign SAARC Students:
|MCS||MSc in CS|
|Initial payment at first year||US$ 2890||US$ 2890|
|Payment at second year||US$ 960||US$ 1110|
|Total Fee||US$ 3850||US$ 4000|
Foreign Non-SAARC Students:
|MCS||MSc in CS|
|Initial payment at first year||US$ 3300||US$ 3300|
|Payment at second year||US$ 1100||US$ 1250|
|Total Fee||US$ 4400||US$ 4550|
The programme is a part time course which consists of four semesters that span over a duration of 2 years. Each semester is 15 weeks long.
Course work includes both theory and practical components which may include continuous assessments. Each semester has an end semester examination. Medium of instruction is in English.
Lectures/Tutorials/Practical will be held on Friday evenings and weekends.
Registration for the second year (upgrade criteria):
All students who wish to follow both MSc in CS and MCS programmes will be registered to MCS programme initially. At the end of the first year of the programme those who achieves the minimum academic performance requirements for MSc in CS, will be eligible to register for their second year of the degree programme as a MSc. in CS student.
Structure of the Degree Programme:
The programme has a number of courses and each course will carry a specified number of credits.
Semester 1 ( Year 1)
In the first semester of the programme of study, following 5 compulsory courses shall be offered.
|MCS1202||Advanced Software Engineering|
|MCS1203||Advanced Database Systems|
|MCS1204||Selected Topics in Computer Science|
|MCS1205||Principles of Programming Languages|
Semester 2 ( Year 1 )
In the second semester of the programme of study, following 4 compulsory courses shall be offered.
|MCS2201||Information Systems Security|
|MCS2202||Advanced Concepts in Data Communications Networks|
|MCS2203||Data Analytics and Machine Learning|
Semester 3 ( Year 2 )
a) In the third semester of the programme of study, following 3 compulsory courses shall be offered.
|MCS3202||Systems Modelling & Simulation|
|MCS3203||Individual Research ( MSc in CS) or|
|MCS3204||Individual Project (MCS)|
b) Optional course units
|MCS3206||Advanced Computer Graphics and Gaming|
|MCS3208||Research Methods (**compulsory module for Master of Science in Computer Science)|
Semester 4 ( Year 2 )
a) In the fourth semester of the programme of study, following 2 compulsory courses shall be offered.
|MCS 4201||Cognitive Systems|
|MCS 4202||Embedded Systems|
b) Optional course units
|MCS 4203||Image Processing and Vision|
|MCS 4204||Software Project Management and Quality Assurance|
|MCS 4205||Natural Algorithms|
|MCS 4206||Mobile Computing|
It is hereby informed that the above information is only for general information and is not for official purposes. Any information contained herein shall be confirmed by reference to the relevant authority.