Extended Eligibility Requirements

Minimum eligibility requirements, constrained as per clause 2.1 of the By-Law No. 49:2013.

The selection of students to the Masters Degree/Postgraduate Diploma Programme will be made by the Department of Civil Engineering, in accordance with one of the following extended eligibility requirements, approved by the Senate.

  • The Degree of Bachelor of Science of Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka or an equivalent degree in a relevant field, as approved by the Senate;


  • At least the Associate Membership of a recognized professional Engineering Institute in a relevant field with a minimum of one (01) year period of appropriate experience, as approved by the Senate;


  • If English is not the medium of instruction in the first degree of the candidate, valid TOEFL (a minimum of 500 points in paper-based, 173 in computer-based, or 61 in internet-based test) or IELTS (a minimum of 5.0 in Academic Version) scores or equivalent.

Selections will be based on the minimum eligibility requirements above, qualifications and experience, and performance at the interview.


  1. Participation in the Academic Programme
    • A minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and during other contact hours will be required, as specified under clause 4.1.1(a) of the By- Law.
    • Submission of reports on laboratory work, Problem Based Learning (PBL) projects, and assignments, and participation in seminars and field visits are required, as specified under clause 4.1.1(b) of the By-Law.
    • Undertaking research in a specific area is compulsory, as specified in clause 4.1.1(c) of the By-Law.
    • The Master’s Degree programme is expected to be completed in the normal duration, but may go on till the permitted duration of study without the need of an extension as specified under section 5 of the By-Law.
    • It is the responsibility of the student to obtain an extension to the permitted duration, through the Head of Department. Such requests to extend the duration will be taken considering the progress of the student at the time of request.
    • Prior approval must be obtained in writing from the University, with the necessary documentation, for leave of absence (as defined by the Senate). Only such leave will be considered for any official purpose, such as considering a subsequent attempt as a first attempt.
    • Only approved leave obtained on medical grounds will be normally be considered by the Senate in extending the maximum duration of study.


  1. Evaluation and Grading
    • The performance of each student in each module will be evaluated by continuous assessment (CA) and end-of-semester examination (WE), where applicable.
    • Credit Rating

Each course credit corresponds to 1 hour of lectures or 2 hours of assignment/discussion classes or 3 hours of field/laboratory classes.

  • Scheme of Examination and Award of Classes/ Subject Grades

The performance of each student in each module will be evaluated at the end of the respective term.   This includes continuous assessment (CA) and end-of-semester examination (WE), where applicable.

  • To pass a subject, student should obtain a grade of C+ or above.
  • The following grading system will be adopted.


Guideline percentage Grade Grade Point Description
85% and above   A + 4.2
75% – 84% A 4.0 Excellent
70% – 74%   A – 3.7
65% – 69%    B + 3.3
60% – 64% B 3.0 Good
55% – 59%   B – 2.7
50% – 54%   C + 2.3 Pass
I 0.0 Incomplete
F 0.0 Fail


  • Grade C+ or above is required to pass a module and earn credit for the subject. A minimum of 40% must be obtained separately for both Continuous Assessment (CA) and Written Examination (WE).
  • A student who has not obtained a grade of C+ in a subject but has obtained minimum marks for the course work component, receives the grade “Incomplete”, “I”.
  • A student receiving an F grade must repeat all the components.
  • “I” grade or “F” grade can be improved to C+ grade by repeating one or more components to satisfy the requirements for a pass in the subject. The maximum grade awarded for a course module after repeating one or more components will be a C+ and it will be used for calculating Grade Point Average. Normally only one re-examination will be allowed.
  • Calculation of Grade Point Average

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated from the grade points received by the student (GRADE POINT) and the credits assigned for each of the course units (CREDITS) by the formula


  • Award of the Degree

A candidate is eligible to be awarded the M.Sc.  Degree if the candidate has:

  • obtained minimum of 40 credits and a minimum GPA of 2.3 from course modules
  • successfully completed the Research Project (20 credits).

Note 1: No Classes will be awarded. However grades will be given in the transcript.

Note 2: If only the requirements of Section (a) are satisfied, a student may, on request, be considered for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma, as per clause 3.2.2 of By-law No. 3 of 49/2013.


  • Date of Award :

Date of award of the M.Sc. degree will be the first (01st) day of the month following the successful completion of the following;

  • Written examination(s)
  • Laboratory work
  • Assignments including Project Based Learning (PBL) components
  • Examination of the Research Project, Dissertation and/or Project Report including a Viva-voce examination (For M.Sc. Degree only)