University of Kelaniya Kelaniya Vishwavidyalaya (KLN) 


IAU Member

Sri Lanka

top General Information




Province:Western Province


Institution Funding



The University of Kelaniya has its origin in the historic Vidyalankara Pirivena, founded in 1875 by Ratmalane Sri Dharmaloka Thero as a center of learning for Buddhist monks. With the establishment of modern universities in Sri Lanka in the 1940s and 1950s, the Vidyalankara Pirivena became the Vidyalankara University in 1959, later the Vidyalankara Campus of the University of Ceylon in 1972, and, ultimately, the University of Kelaniya in 1978

Academic Year

October to September

Admission Requirements

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced level in 3 approved subjects



Accrediting Agency

UGC, Sri Lanka

Student Body


top Officers

Head : Nilanthi de Silva

Job title:Vice-Chancellor

Years of office:2020-

Senior Administrative Officer : K.K.K. Dharmathilaka

Job title:Registrar

International Relations Officer : Neelakshi C. Premawardhena

Job title:Director, Centre for International Affairs

top Divisions

Centre : Asian Studies

Fields of study:Asian Studies, Chinese, Korean

More details:

Centre : Open and Distance Learning

Fields of study:Distance Education

Faculty : Commerce and Management

Fields of study:Accountancy, Business and Commerce, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing

Faculty : Computing and Technology

Fields of study:Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology

Faculty : Graduate Studies

Faculty : Humanities

Fields of study:Asian Religious Studies, Christian Religious Studies, Classical Languages, Design, English, Hindi, Indic Languages, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Performing Arts, Sanskrit, Theatre, Visual Arts

Faculty : Medicine

Fields of study:Anatomy, Biochemistry, Community Health, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Health Education, Medicine, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Parasitology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Public Health, Surgery, Tropical Medicine

More details:Ragama

Faculty : Science

Fields of study:Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Environmental Management, Industrial Management, Information Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physics, Plant Pathology, Statistics, Zoology

Faculty : Social Sciences

Fields of study:Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, Information Sciences, Library Science, Mass Communication, Philosophy, Sociology, Sports, Sports Management

Institute : Archaeology

Fields of study:Archaeology

More details:Postgraduate studies only

Institute : Pali and Buddhist Studies

Fields of study:Asian Religious Studies

More details:Postgraduate studies only

top Degrees

Bachelor's Degree

Fields of study:Accountancy, Arts and Humanities, Banking, Botany, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Chemistry, Christian Religious Studies, Cinema and Television, Computer Networks, Computer Science, Dance, Economics, Electronics and Automation, English, Environmental Management, Finance, Geography, Germanic Studies, Hindi, History, Human Resources, Information Technology, Insurance, International Studies, Japanese, Korean, Leadership, Library Science, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Media Studies, Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Robotics, Sanskrit, Software Engineering, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Statistics, Theatre, Tourism, Visual Arts, Zoology

Master's Degree (by coursework)

Fields of study:Accountancy, Aquaculture, Archaeology, Art History, Ayurvedic Medicine, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Christian Religious Studies, Civil Security, Computer Science, Dance, Economics, Environmental Management, Finance, Fine Arts, Fishery, Food Technology, Geography, Heritage Preservation, History, Human Resources, Indic Languages, Industrial Chemistry, Information Technology, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Marketing, Mass Communication, Microbiology, Museum Management, Museum Studies, Music, Nutrition, Philosophy, Plant and Crop Protection, Political Sciences, Public Health, Sociology, Theatre

Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma

Fields of study:Analytical Chemistry, Archaeology, Art History, Ayurvedic Medicine, Heritage Preservation, Human Resources, Industrial Management, Information Technology, Marketing, Mathematics, Museum Management, Museum Studies, Regional Planning

Master of Philosophy

Fields of study:Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Computer Engineering, Humanities and Social Science Education, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences


Fields of study:Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

top Academic Periodicals


Archaeologia - Journal of South Asian Archaeology

International Journal of Accountancy (IJA)

Journal of Business and Technology

Journal of International Studies

Journal of Political Science

Journal of Political Science

Journal of Science

Journal of Science

Journal of Social Statistics

Journal of the Centre for Heritage Studies

Journal of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Journal of the Faculty of Humanities

Journal of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Kalyani - The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kelaniya Journal of Human Resource Management

Kelaniya Journal of Management

Sri Lanka Journal of Marketing

Trivalent ත්‍රිසංයුජ - Journal of Archaeology, Tourism & Anthropology

Yugathara Journal

Updated on 25-05-2018