Sri Lanka has a large number of medicinal and aromatic plant species and has many industries that utilize such plant materials. Sri Lanka also has its own traditional system of medicine based on the ancient system of Ayurveda. Today. there is an increased demand for herbal products such as cosmoceuticals, nutraceuticals, and herbal health care products, not only in Sri Lanka but also globally. Therefore, there is a need to provide the necessary scientific knowledge and develop human resources for the industrial utilization of medicinal and aromatic plants. This will open up a wide range of opportunities in industry, research and business development. Keeping this in mind the Department of Chemistry of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has introduced for the first time in Sri Lanka, a full time two-year postgraduate course leading to a Masters Degree in Science and Technology of Herbal Products.
The M.Sc. program has been designed to encompass a broad spectrum of topics to provide necessary scientific knowledge and practical skills in the field of Science and Technology of Herbal Products. It is a full time, two-year program. The first academic year will comprise of lectures, laboratory work, field visits, assignments and a seminar and the second academic year will comprise of the research component and a seminar.
The M.Sc. program will help graduates seek employment in government and private sector institutions that produce herbal products utilizing medicinal and aromatic plants. This program will also open up opportunities in research at national as well as international level in areas related to Science and Technology of Herbal Products. In addition, this will provide background information for those interested in starting up their own enterprises.
For more information contact
Dr. (Mrs.) Chayanika Padumadasa
Coordinator – M.Sc. in Science and Technology of Herbal Products
Web : science.sjp.ac.lk/che/herbal-pro-msc/