Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How is the Department of Plant and Molecular Biology contributing in B Sc degree program?
By offering course units in two subjects
i. Botany (Plant Biology)
ii. Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology

  • What are the B Sc (honors) degree programs offered by the Department of Plant and Molecular Biology?
The department of Plant and Molecular Biology offers honors degree in two disciplines
iii. Botany (Plant Biology)
iv. Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology
Contact our Academic advisor - Dr. (Ms.) Harshani Herat

  • Why should I consider following B Sc Honors degree offered by the Department of Plant and Molecular Biology?
BSc Honors degrees in Botany and MBBT include an independent research project giving the student an opportunity to get the taste of research. Successful completion of honors degrees provides a professional training and research experience to undertake higher degrees if you wish to do so. If a student is preferred to go for higher studies, four-year degree is a basic requirement in many countries and this will serve as a stepping stone for your next step. After successful completion of the honors degree in BOTANY or MBBT, a student should be able to,
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts and principles of the area,
• Present information and ideas efficiently and effectively
• Exercise personal responsibility and leadership
• Demonstrate positive attitudes and recognize the need for social responsibility
• Identify the new developments in the area of study. Identify the need for independent learning and lifelong learning

What are the facilities / resources available in the Department of Plant and Molecular Biology to offer high quality study programmes?

Human resources:
Well qualified and experienced academic staff, academic support staff, technical staff.
Academic Staff 
Non Academic Staff

Physical resources:
Well-equipped Teaching and research laboratories with trained technical and laboratory staff, Seminar room with audio visual facilities and a Mini libraryTeaching botanical garden, plant house and herbarium
Basic equipment required to conduct molecular biological experiments.

Floriculture Research Center with equipped laboratory facilities to conduct research. Students can conduct research projects on plant tissue culture and molecular based disease diagnosis to help flower growers in the region.

  • Are there any opportunities to obtain knowledge in plants related knowledge/applications for non-biology students?
Auxiliary course unit offered under BOTA Organic gardening.

  • What are the carrier opportunities?

Successful graduates may progress into careers such as,

  1. Research officers at Ministry of Agriculture, Research Institutes of Tea, Rubber, Coconut, Rice and Sugarcane, National Aquatic Resource Agency (NARA), National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) and Indigenous Medicine etc.,
  2. Secondary school and University teachers,
  3. Resource managers at Department of Forest Conservation, Wildlife Conservation,
  4. Microbiologists,
  5. Private sector executives,
  6. Self-employee
  7. Pursue higher degrees in related areas.

  • What are the outreach programs offered by the Department of Plant and Molecular Biology?

Floriculture training program
Contact Coordinator: Ms Asha Priyasdarshan
0112903234, 011 3059216


  • What are the Post Graduate programmes Offered by the Department of Plant and Molecular Biology?
MSc in Crop Protection and Plant Biotechnology
Post graduate diploma in Crop Protection and Plant Biotechnology

  • Why I should consider following an MSc in Crop Protection and Plant Biotechnology degree/ What is unique about this MSc?
• Only MSc degree in the country where pathology molecular biology and
biotechnology combined in one place
• Obtain hands on experience in molecular biological techniques
• Competitive course fee
• Business administration, professional development components
• Fixed schedule
• Lateral exit points
• Broaden your carrier opportunities in different disciplines
• Graduate on time (one-year non-thesis /two-year MSc with thesis

  • Whom to contact to get more details?

Coordinator: R N Attanayake
Contact: renuka@kln.ac.lk, 0112903220, 0766808108
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