General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) 


IAU Member

Sri Lanka

top General Information





Post Code:10390


Other Sites

Southern campus. Sooriyawewa, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Institution Funding



Founded 1981 as Defence Academy. Acquired university status 1986.

Academic Year

January to December

Tuition Fees

National:800000 - 2200000 per annum (LKR)

International:6500 - 12500 per annum (USD)



Accrediting Agency

University Grants Commission (UGC); Ministry of Defence

top Officers

Head : Dammika Kumara

Job title:Vice-Chancellor

Years of office:2023-

Senior Administrative Officer : V.D. Kithsiri

Job title:Registar

International Relations Officer : Harinda Vidanage

Job title:Director, International Relations

top Divisions

Faculty : Allied Health Sciences

Fields of study:Medical Technology, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Radiology

Faculty : Built Environment and Spatial Sciences

Fields of study:Architecture, Surveying and Mapping

Faculty : Computing

Fields of study:Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Software Engineering

Faculty : Criminal Justice

Fields of study:Criminology, Police Studies

Faculty : Defence and Strategic Studies

Fields of study:Military Science

Faculty : Engineering

Fields of study:Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Marine Engineering, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Telecommunications Engineering

Faculty : Graduate Studies

Fields of study:Business Administration, E-Business/Commerce, Information Technology, Law, Management, Military Science, Transport Management

Faculty : Law

Fields of study:Law

Faculty : Management, Social Sciences and Humanities

Fields of study:English, Finance, Humanities and Social Science Education, Management, Social Sciences

Faculty : Medicine

Fields of study:Medicine

Faculty : Technology

Fields of study:Building Technologies, Construction Engineering, Information Technology, Medical Technology, Technology

top Degrees

Bachelor's Degree

Fields of study:Law, Management, Medical Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Technology, Transport Management

Bachelor (Honours/Special) Degree

Fields of study:Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Law, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Information Sciences, Information Technology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Management, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Technology, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Social Sciences, Software Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Technology, Transport Management

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Fields of study:Medicine

Master's Degree (by coursework)

Fields of study:Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, E-Business/Commerce, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Management, Military Science, Safety Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Transport Management

Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma

Master of Philosophy

Fields of study:Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Management, Nursing, Radiology


Fields of study:Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Management, Medicine, Technology

top Academic Periodicals


Journal of Management, Social Sciences, and Humanities (JMSH)

KDU Journal of Multidisciplinary studies (KJMS)

Main Press

KDU Press

top Student & Staff Numbers


Statistics Year:2021-2022

Full Time Male:240

Full Time Female:218

Full Time Total:458

Staff with Doctorate

Full Time Male:52

Full Time Female:40

Full Time Total:92


Statistics Year:2021-2022




Foreign Male:87

Foreign Female:162

Foreign Total:249

Updated on 23-08-2022