university chemical engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Moratuwa was inaugurated by gazette notification on 15th February 1972. The program had its roots in the Junior Technical Officer’s course conducted by the Maradana Technical College. The study program Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE) started its history with the first student intake in 1972 to then Katubedda campus of University of Ceylon. The course was originally termed Chemical Engineering and Fuel Science and the degree awarded was Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc). Since 1980 the degree awarded is Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

The Department functions with a vision of Delivering Chemical and Process Engineering knowledge, skills and innovation for a sustainable tomorrow. The mission identifies the commitment of the staff to develop it into a place of excellence. The Department will strive to educate, conduct research and offer consulting services with dedication, devotion and commitment and aim to be a place of excellence through internationally recognized programs for the benefit of society. The study program today has a strong team fully committed for excellence.


B.Sc. in Chemical & Process Engineering (CPE) course on the basis of their performance at the first year examination and their individual preferences. Number of admission to the department is restricted to 50 students. In the CPE degree programme, four minor streams are offered to the students after completion of their second year of study. They are:

  • · Environmental Engineering
  • · Polymer Engineering
  • · Food & Biochemical Engineering
  • · Energy Engineering

Students also have the option of following the CPE degree programme by selecting subjects without any
minor stream.

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