The Department of English and Linguistics is one of the most outstanding departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. It is one of the youngest but of the best in terms of its academic and professional credentials as a department, and has been home to many teachers, writers and scholars of English literature and language within the country and beyond.

Dr. W. A. K. C. P. Warnapala
Head of the Department


I warmly and wholeheartedly welcome each one of you to the website of the Department of English and Linguistics of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka! Our Department is a lovely home to a small, but strong and smart community of staff and students. We are a highly engaged, welcoming and friendly Department. Currently we house over 1000 students who have enrolled on our wide range of undergraduate (both internal and external degrees) postgraduate-taught and postgraduate-research academic programmes. Our overall aim is to offer each one of our students a space in which all who work genuinely and passionately can prosper, achieve their potential and do the very best in life with English – English Language, English Literature and/or English Language Teaching. As we treat one another with humanity and respect, we can achieve our aim: as we thrive on hard work through concerted attempts, we can achieve our aim. Our strength lies in unity in diversity.

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This offers the students the opportunity of reading for a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. First, students are admitted to the general degree programme. If they meet the required entry criteria for the special degree (specified under Qualifying requirements) after their first year examination, they will be able…

This is only offered as a special degree. However, students who fail to meet the entry criteria to follow the TESL degree after their first year examination have the opportunity to read for the B.A in English general degree.


English Literary Association for Students
This is a monthly student e-magazine run by the students of the Department of English
SPARK Magazine 2019 Issue 02