The Faculty of Graduate Studies was established in January 2015, with the goal of enhancing the University's research degree programs. High quality research has become as important as teaching, to gain better international recognition and competitiveness. Research, being the cornerstone of an academic career, is a key factor in retaining the high-calibre academics that the University is home to.
The University offers three research degrees, Master of Science (with a major component of research), Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) through its Architecture, Business, Engineering, and IT faculties.
The FGS, together with the Offices of Research and International Relations, seeks to enhance these programs through strategies to attract high quality students, to explore new research partnerships and funding opportunities, and to strengthen research capacity within the University. The annual enrollment to our research programs have doubled over the past 4 year to reach 120 in 2019.
The Joint PhD Program
The FGS was instrumental in establishing a joint PhD program with foreign universities as part of the strategy to strengthen our PhD program. The first few PhD students are well on their way in this program, which enables them to carry out their research under the guidance of a team of supervisors from both universities, and obtain a single PhD from both. Our intentions with this program is to provide opportunities for international research collaboration to our academic staff, and to enable our graduate students to experience different cultures and research experiences. We plan to further consolidate our joint PhD program while increasing the number of partner universities and participating students.
Multidisciplinary Research Centers
The FGS supports eight of Multidisciplinary Research Centers (MRCs). These facilitate synergistic collaboration among different faculties and departments, as well as with other local and foreign universities and industry. Research areas of the MRCs cut across and bring together the entire domain of expertise of the University in a variety of combinations. While the University provided seed funding for the MRCs at its inception in 2017, subsequently they have been able to attract significant research funding from external sources.
Hosting Reputed Academics
This enables our researchers to invite distinguished academics for short visits, with a vision for long-term collaboration. The collaboration established/strengthened during the visit is expected to be sustained thereafter. The expected outcome of this activity is to elevate the publication profile of the University of Moratuwa through joint publications in reputed journals.
Hosting International Conferences and Symposia
We also support the University to host international conferences which bring together the global community in specific areas of research.