The programme is designed to meet the growing need for knowledge and skills development in vector borne disease control and vector control. These areas of study are importance since life threatening vector borne diseases like Dengue, Malaria and JE, still continue to be a major public health concern throughout the world despite all efforts to control their transmission.

Objectives of the programme

    • To enable personnel employed in the health sector to obtain specialized knowledge in fields related to vectors, pathogens and their control
    • To expand opportunities for postgraduate studies in the field of Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology
    • To promote research in areas relevant to Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology

The Programme in Master of Science Degree in Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology is designed for biologists, veterinarians and medical personnel who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in a comprehensive range of aspects covering Medical Entomology and Parasitology. This programme consists of a broad range of modules that cater to persons currently engaged or seeking careers in health-related public and private sectors, research, academia and for further postgraduate study. The programme is offered once, every two academic years.

Course units in the study programme

Compulsory courses

    • Arthropods of Medical and Veterinary Importance
    • Human Parasites
    • Host Parasite Interactions
    • Epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases
    • Introduction to Molecular Biology and Immunology
    • Diagnostic Parasitology
    • Practical Techniques in Medical Entomology
    • Public Health - Issues and policies
    • Research Project
    • Research Methodology and Communication Skills

Optional Courses

    • Defense Mechanisms in Vectors and Parasites
    • Molecular Biology of Vectors and Parasites
    • Control of Arthropod Vectors of Diseases
    • Clinical aspects of Vector-borne Diseases

Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Post Graduate Degree Programme
Conducted by :
Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Programme Duration :
Minimum Two academic years of study
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :
Medical Entomology, Applied Parasitology
A Bachelor degree in Science (Biological Science) from a recognized university, or A Bachelor degree in Veterinary Science from a recognized university, or A Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from a recognized university
Issuing of Applications :
Closing Date for Applications :
One month from the date of advertisement
Programme commencing date :



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This Post Graduate Degree programme is conducted by the department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Contact the coordinator, Prof. Thusitha Jayasooriya for further details.
Address :
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda.
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