Dean NScWelcome to the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Selecting a university and programme of study to suit your requirements is an important decision you make in life. This message intends to help you take the right decision for a bright future in the field of science.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences has over 30 years of experience delivering a wide range of quality distance learning programmes in a variety of disciplines in the sciences, as part of a qualification or on a stand-alone basis. Whether you want to develop your career path or study for your own personal fulfillment, you can choose from an assortment of programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, ranging from certificates to diplomas to degrees.

The degrees awarded by the OUSL are given the same recognition as those awarded to students studying face-to-face at other Sri Lankan national universities. The courses on offer are suited to all who wish to obtain up-to-date knowledge, skills and insight into the various disciplines of science to meet the challenges of today’s dynamic, complex and competitive environment.

Our programmes are specially designed to suit those with other commitments such as full-time employment, financial obligations and family commitments. Our unique system of Open Distance Learning (ODL), developed over the years, gives you the flexibility to engage in your studies at your own time and pace, at an affordable price.

To date, our Faculty has very successfully educated thousands of individuals throughout the country, using multimedia study material packages of print, audio and visual aids, CD ROMs and online material. Our learner support system will guide you and assist you at every stage of your academic career from your very first day of registration up to completion.

Going to university is a challenge. Being a distance learner can be even more challenging. Do take note that you will need to be self-motivated and learn to work independently to successfully meet the challenges of studying in the distance mode.

Thank you for your interest in our Faculty. Please browse through the information to find out more about us.

We are proud to say that many of our past students hold responsible positions today and are making a valuable contribution to the nation through their work in different fields such as research, teaching and administration both in the state and private sector.

Hope you too will find our courses interesting, motivating and useful and your learning experience rewarding and enjoyable.

On behalf of our Faculty I wish you good luck in all your future endeavors.

Prof. Lilani K. Senaratna
Dean/Faculty of Natural Sciences