The Polymer Science and Technology Masters programme is designed to cater the Rubber and Plastics industry of Sri Lanka providing knowledge in the field of polymer science and technology to enhance the skills and knowledge of graduates who are currently employed in the field as well as who are seeking job opportunities in the field. In addition, the course contents contain sufficient academic depth such that the MSc can be used as a foundation to proceed for higher degrees.
The lectures and practical classes are scheduled during week-ends to facilitate attendance of working students, albeit the course is technically a full time course that meets minimum requirement of number of lectures per annum.
In addition, one year research project is assigned for students who are eligible to continue for the MSc on the completion of the theory course.
1. Criteria for Registration
a. B.Sc (Special) Degree in Chemistry or B.Sc. degree with Chemistry as a subject from a recognized university.
b. B.Sc (Engineering) degree from a recognized university with chemical engineering as a subject.
c. Any other equivalent professional qualification such as
IESL(Part I and II)
d. Maximum of two candidates that posses a National Diploma in Technology with minimum of five (05) years of experience as an executive in polymer or allied fields will be selected to a Postgraduate diploma. However, the candidates enrolled under this category can be registered for the MSc when the necessary requirements given under 4.c being met.
|Registration fee (Two years)||
|Library Deposit ( Refundable)||
|Science Deposit (Refundable)||
3. Course Content
Chemistry of Polymers (15 hrs)
Rubber Chemistry (20 hrs)
Inorganic Polymers (15 hrs)
Degradation and Stabilization of Polymers (15 hrs)
Packaging Materials (10 hrs)
Liquid Crystals (10 hrs)
Polymer Kinetics and Thermodynamics (20 hrs)
Characterization of Polymers (15 hrs)
Polymer Rheology (10 hrs)
Polymer colloids, coatings & Paints (15 hrs)
Industrially Important Polymers (10 hrs)
Rubber Technology (15 hrs),
Latex Technology (20 hrs),
Plastic Technology (30 hrs),
Ceramics and Glass (15 hrs)
Quality Assurance ISO 9002, ISO 14001 and ISO 18000 (15 hrs)
Moulds and Tool Design (15 hrs)
Polymer Engineering (10 hrs)
Cleaner Production & Environment management (15 hrs)
Polymer composites and blends (20 hrs).
Statistics (15 hrs),
Industrial and Operational Management (15 hrs),
Financial management (15 hrs),
Marketing (15 hrs),
Guest Lectures and Research Methodology (10 hrs).
Practical classes: 90 hrs
Medium of instruction: English
Duration of Theory Component: 12 to 16 Months
Research Project: After completion of the first year, a research project will be assigned to candidates who are reading for the MSc. The total period allocated is a calendar year. The candidates are required to make two presentations and to submit a thesis.
Supervision Students undertaking research projects are required to have a Supervisor who has to be a member of academic staff in the relevant field. Most likely the Supervisor will be the person who has proposed the research topic to the student.
Responsibilities of the supervisors
The responsibilities of the supervisors include:
- • to ensure adequate experimental and other resources are present in order to complete the MSc project tasks;
- • to ensure adequate expertise is present to assist the candidate to complete the MSc project tasks;
- • to provide substantial direction in the first 3 months of the MSc project, a period in which it cannot be expected that the candidate has a sufficient overview of the field to take full control of project direction;
- • to give guidance about the nature of research and the standard expected;
- • to ensure the candidate adopts safe working practices;
- • to ensure the candidate is made aware of inadequacy of progress or of standards of work being below that expected;
- • to hold regular (normally weekly) meetings with the candidate to discuss progress on the MSc project;
- • to strongly encourage the candidate to perform work appropriate for publication; to assess its merit for publication, and to collaborate with the student on its preparation;
- • to ensure the timely submission of thesis to meet requirements;
Responsibilities of the candidate
The responsibilities of the candidate include:
- • to take the initiative in raising problems and seeking guidance from their supervisors;
- • to actively pursue their research (as a guide, for a minimum of 40 hours per week);
- • to become familiar with and apply relevant safe working practices;
- • to hold regular (normally weekly) meetings with their supervisor(s) to discuss progress on the MSc project;
a. Evaluation Scheme
The evaluation will be based on the year end examinations and the research project. Candidates who read for the MSc should carry out a research project. The evaluation of the research
project will be based on presentation carried out, thesis submitted and a viva-voce examination.
The grade point system for the four theory papers given under 7 a and the research project is given below.
|Grade Point (GP)||0||1.0||1.5||2||2.5||3||3.5||4.0||4.5|
|Interpretation||Fail||Very week||Week||Satisfactory||Good||Very good||Excellent|
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated using the following equation.
Where GPi is the Grade Point of ith paper and x is 5 for MSc candidates and 4 for candidates registered under 1 d.
- b. Requirement for the MSc
For candidates enrolled under 1. a, 1. b and 1. c, an MSc degree will be awarded when the following minimum conditions are fulfilled
- GP of 3 or above for the combined viva-voce examination and research project. and
- GP of 3.0 or more for any three papers of Paper I to Paper IV. and
- GP of 2.5 or more for the other theory paper. and
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more inclusive of grade point for research project
c. Requirement for Postgraduate Diploma
For candidates enrolled under 1. d, a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded when the following condition is fulfilled
- GPA of 2.5 or more for four theory papers
For candidates enrolled under 1. d who are having GPA of 3 for four theory papers and have fulfilled the requirement for award of Postgraduate Diploma, the non-reversible option of transferring to the 4.a category will be available.
d. Repeat candidates
If the candidate obtains
- GP of less than 2.5 in one of the theory papers but has a GPA of 3.0, he/she has to sit for the same paper in the next academic year.
- GP of less than 2.5 in two of the theory papers but has a GPA of 3.0, he/she has to sit for those two papers in the next academic year.
- GP of less than 2.5 in all the theory papers but has a GP of 3.0 for the combined viva-voce examination and research project, he/she can re-sit for all the theory papers in the next academic year.
- GP of less than 2.5 in all the theory papers, he/she can re-sit for all the theory papers in the next academic year and can opt to carry out the research project in the next academic year, too.
(Note: 4.d. iii and 4.d. iv apply only for candidates who are eligible to read for an MSc degree)
Maximum of three attempts are allowed for a candidate inclusive of the first attempt. The maximum GP value that can be obtained from a repeat attempt is 3.0.
5. Examination Structure
- The candidates have to sit for four theory papers, each of three hours duration, based on the lecture content of the course and constituted as follows:
- Paper I – Polymer Chemistry
- Paper II – Polymer Physics and Physical Properties of Polymers
- Polymer Technology
- Chemical Engineering, Quality assurance and Testing Methods
- The candidates who read for the MSc will be awarded 100 marks for the research carried out according to the following format.
- Literature Presentation – 10 marks
- Research ability (by Supervisor) – 20 marks
- Thesis – 20 marks
- Final Presentation – 20 marks
- Viva-voce examination 30 marks
(Note: Each of these papers and project contributes equally to the GPA)