Since its inception in 1993, our Faculty has progressed to one of the most sought after Faculties in the country. Our alumni have performed exceptionally well at the postgraduate examinations obtaining high ranking positions. The Faculty of Medical Sciences was established in 1993 at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura as the sixth medical faculty in Sri Lanka. There are 17 academic departments and 3 paramedical units.


We are a unique medical school in many ways. We are the only 'Faculty of Medical Sciences' in Sri Lanka offering study programmes in Medicine (MBBS), Human Biological Sciences (B.Sc. in Human Biology), Nursing (B.Sc. in Nursing), Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Sciences) and Pharmacy (Bachelor of Pharmacy). Whilst rest of the medical schools in Sri Lanka are located elsewhere from the main institution, we are based within the main University premises itself so that our students have the opportunity to mingle with fellow students from other faculties and enjoy the faculties available in the main campus. Although a young faculty our graduates have secured the top position in the common grading list (merit list) of medical graduates in Sri Lanka and our students continue to excel at the postgraduate level.


Internal Student Numbers in January 2018
Study Programme Male Female Total
MBBS 295 500 795
B.Sc. in Human Biology 01 04 05
B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Sciences 23 76 99
B.Sc. in Nursing 16 67 83
Bachelor of Pharmacy 26 58 84
Total 361 705 1066

Source: Dean's Office, Faculty of Medical Sciences


Academic Staff

The faculty is guided by Professor Surangi G. Yasawardene, the Dean and Senior Professor of Anatomy. The academic staff consists of senior specialist with many years of experience in the clinical and academic activities and a dynamic group of young consultants/specialist. There are 25 Professors, 71 Senior Lecturers and 39 Lecturers working full time (2017) in addition to the extended faculty. Ministry of Health staff in hospital sector, general practitioners and many other institutions involved in training our undergraduates. There are 50 academic support staff assisting in carrying out academic activities, research and other service components. Apart from the routine academic work, most staff members are involved in research with local and international collaborations.







To be a center of academic and professional excellence in providing highest quality human resources, services and in conducting the highest quality research on health care and to disseminate knowledge.



To be the best Medical Faculty in Sri Lanka and to be rated as one of the best in South East Asia.



To produce medical graduates and graduates of allied health sciences who are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide health care services in any part of Sri Lanka.






When the 'Vidyodaya Pirivena' was inaugurated by Sir Oliver Goonatilleke the Governor-General of Ceylon on 16th February 1959, he was confident that 'this seat of oriental learning inheriting the rich academic traditions of eighty six years' would become an institution of highest standards in the country. True to his vision, more than fifty years later, the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has grown and consolidated a place as a premier tertiary education institute of the country. Continuing in its traditional roots, the University is committed to the pursuit and transmission of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and research and active service to the community in an environment which values creativity, freedom of intellectual thought and expression, equal opportunity, fairness and professional growth.

This growth is evident not only in infrastructure, resources and faculty but also in the diversity of study courses and study programmes offered by the University. The faculty of Medical Sciences, the youngest faculty in the University has achieved a phenomenal growth in a very short time offering study programmes; Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Nursing (B.Sc. in Nursing), Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Sciences), Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharmacy) and Bachelor of Human Biology (B.Sc. in Human Biology). Since its inception in 1993, the Faculty has progressed to one of the most sought after Faculties in the country with its students obtaining high ranking positions. The National Quality Assurance Committee appointed by the University Grants Commission in 2011 has awarded the University the status of excellence.






The Faculty of Medical sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura is situated at Gangodawila, Nugegoda which is about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south east from the heart of Colombo.

The faculty spreads over an area of about 50 acres of beautifully landscaped, scenic and serene environment.

It's within 15 minutes traveling time to the main teaching hospital, Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila. Several other hospitals which are utilized for teaching namely, Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, Base Hospital - Homagama and Cancer Institute Maharagama are also in close proximity.

All the basic amenities and facilities are available in and around the locality.

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Nugegoda is one of the most densely populated suburbs of Colombo. It is in the border of Sri Jayawardenapura Municipal Council Limits and Dehiwela Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council Limits, just outside Colombo City Limits. Central Nugegoda is a collection of densely packed shops and mixed residential areas.

Nugegoda is a consumer hotspot especially during the festive seasons and is also famous for its high quality cloth stores near the infamous Bogaha Junction in the Highlevel Road which sits beside a famed Bo tree.

The Nugegoda "Pola" is one of the major markets in Sri Lanka full of various vegetables, fruits, fish & meats and is active throughout the week.

You will immediately be welcomed into this friendly neighborhood with warm smiles.






We welcome you to the largest state owned University in Sri Lanka with average 12,000 internal students.



The University of Sri Jayewardenepura is located at Gangodawila, Nugegoda in Colombo district. Nugegoda is only fifteen kilometers away from the heart of Colombo. The main premise spreads over a 55 acre land facing Sri Soratha Mawatha which stretches from Wijerama Junction to Pirivena Junction.



The University of Sri Jayewardenepura is one of the pioneer universities in Sri Lanka started as a higher education institution for Buddhists priests (Vidyodaya Pirivena). It was bestowed the University status in 1959. Initially, the University was restricted to male students and Buddhists monks with only five faculties as Buddhist Studies, Philosophy, Languages, Arts and Ayurveda and Science. The university was shifted to the current location in 1961 and was opened for female students since 1966. The present designation of ‘University of Sri Jayewardenepura’ was assigned to the institution in 1978. Since then it has been ever expanding its service to the country while maintaining or enhancing the quality.



At present there areseven faculties as Humanities and Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, Management Studies & Commerce, Medical Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Graduate Studies that serve the mother Sri Lanka by producing Undergraduates and Postgraduates in their respective fields.


Facilities Available in the University

  • Teaching-learning - lecture theatres, auditoriums, well designed spacious library (with more than 200 000 books), computer centre for each faculty, English teaching unit.
  • Self study - summer huts for studies, common computer centre/lobby with free internet access.
  • Academic support - career guidance unit, staff development centre etc.
  • Welfare - student counselling service, book shops, assembly halls, hostels, University medical centre, family practice centre, student union offices.
  • Recreational - physical education divisions, open theatres, gymnasium, swimming pool, play grounds with pavilions.

Most services provided are free and accessible to all University students including elective students. In addition, there are handful of restaurants/canteens within the University premises and they offer food and beverages at an affordable price compared to the food stalls outside the premises.