Master of Science in Molecular Pathology
Master of Science in Molecular Pathology

Master of Science in Molecular Pathology is a 2 years, 60 credits program conducted by Human Genetics Unit of Faculty of Medicine, on part time weekend basis. The program aims to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by medical and science graduates to deliver the latest genetic diagnostics services.

Next Intake On 2018 January

Closing Date for Applications is 2018 – 12 – 01

By the end of this course students must have the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes that would enable them to have a working knowledge of,

  • Molecular technologies including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), real-time PCR, reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR), allele-specific PCR (AS-PCR), restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), conventional and Next Generation Sequencing including Whole Exome Sequencing, and array based DNA technologies.
  • Cytogenetics including terminology, karyotyping, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and array comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH).
  • Clinical applications of cytogenetics such as prenatal diagnosis, identification of congenital abnormalities, and diagnosis and monitoring of malignancy.
  • Interpretation of molecular and cytogenetic data from clinical cases and compose diagnostic reports, in correlation with clinical, morphologic, and other findings.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics.
  • Quality assurance, assay validation, ethics, regulatory issues, professionalism, and lab administration
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Credit Hours: 60
  • SLQF level: 10
  • Applicants should have a MBBS or equivalent degree registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council.
  • Foreign applicants should have a MBBS or equivalent degree registered with the Medical Council of the country of residence of the applicant.
  • Students are selected on the basis of their performance at a selection examination which has a written component and an interview.
  • The written component contributes 75% and the interview contributes 25% to the total mark.
  • Students who obtain an overall mark of 50% or more will qualify for selection.
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Clinical rotations
  • Laboratory work
  • Self-learning
  • Formative assessment
  • Research project
  • By written & practical examinations for each module at the end of the first and second semesters.
  • The students are required to write a dissertation based on the research project. This will be examined by two examiners and defended by the student at a viva voice examination

Academic staff of the Human Genetics Unit/Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo & other extended Faculty.

  • Course Fee:
    • Local Students: Rs. 800,000
    • Foreign Students: USD 3,500

Dr. Kalum Wettahsinghe

Human Genetics Unit
+94 112 689 545