Higher Diploma
Software Engineering

Department Of Computing & Information Systems,
Faculty of Applied Sciences,
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.


Department Of Computing & Information Systems,
Faculty of Applied Sciences,
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka,
Sri Lanka.


+(94) 37 2282759


+(94) 37 2283622



HDSE-2023 (Intake IV) Exam Schedule

The above Exam will be conducted at 11.00 a.m. on 11-Mar-2023 at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

Download the Admission Card : https://cse.wyb.ac.lk/cse-selection-exam-id/

Applicants are requested to be present 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

Higher Diploma in Software Engineering

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka has been offering several diplomas related to computer science and information technology, through the Department of CMIS of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the ICT Centers at both Kuliyapitiya and Makandura premises. These courses provide quality education to learners coming from different educational backgrounds. The attraction from the public to these programmes over the years is evidence of their need for quality education and opportunities to obtain recognized academic qualification from a reputed educational institute. Wayamba University being the highest level educational institute and the only state university in the North Western province is in a strong position to provide such education.

The Department of Computing & Information Systems is in the view that introducing a Higher Diploma in Software Engineering adhering to the latest SLQF standards would open a progressive educational avenue to address such educational needs, while providing an opportunity to advance the academic qualifications already provided by other related diploma programmes of the University. The Department is also in the process of developing an external degree programme progressively, to provide completeness to the external academic qualification path as well as to provide comprehensive graduate level education to the suitable general public at a reasonable cost.

The course ensures that participants will have comprehensive skills in systematic designing and development of software applications. Essential skills and techniques are taught and practiced to perfection in a creative atmosphere with a strong emphasis on Software Engineering concepts.

 Prerequisites for Prospective Students

  • Achieved the SLQF Level 2 (i.e.: Passed in G.C.E. (Advanced Level) in any Stream in a single attempt)  or NVQ Level 4 AND,
  • Passed the Diploma level of the same programme (DSE/DSAD) or any similar Diploma programme (equivalent to SLQF Level 3 or NVQ Level 5) acceptable to the Board of Study and the Senate of WUSL for the Higher Diploma level OR,
  • Any other qualification not listed above, but may be considered case by case and acceptable to the Board of Study of the HDSE and the Senate of WUSL for both the Diploma and Higher Diploma levels

Note: Prospective students awaiting GCE(A/L) or NVQ Level 4 results may also join the program. Note however that you must complete this requirement in order to complete the HDSE.

 Course Content

  • Software Engineering Theories and Practices
  • Advanced Database Management
  • Database Management Systems Development
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Web Development Techniques
  • Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms
  • Data Structures and Algorithms Practices
  • E-Commerce
  • Report Writing Skills
  • Probability and Statistics for Computing
  • Computer Project


  • 1 year (On Sundays). All classes will be held online.
For further clarification please contact the course secretary Mr Janaka on 0714 443 728


Yes, you can apply with pending results. Note that you need to pass DSE (All modules in DSE) in order to obtain HDSE certificate.

Yes, you can apply with pending completion of DSE/DSAD program.

Yes, you can apply with pending results of GCE(A/L) pass. Note that you must have passed GCE(A/L) to obtain the HDSE certificate

Yes, you can apply with pass/pending results of NVQ level 4. In case of pending results, you must have NVQ level 4 to obtain the HDSE certificate.

If both 6-month diploma programs are related to Software Engineering/Computer programming, you may apply for the HDSE. The selection panel will evaluate your qualification and determine if it is acceptable and if you are able to follow the HDSE.

You can request a certification mentioning the credit value from the institute where you followed the program. A 30-credit diploma program is required as an entry qualification to the HDSE program. If your program does not have sufficient credits or sufficient content related to software engineering, you will also be required to follow recommended “bridging courses” from the DSE program. A maximum of 3 bridging courses, amounting to 7 credits will be assigned depending on your individual need. An additional registration and examination fee of Rs. 3200.00 will also be charged.

It is recommended to complete the course fees during the registration period informed to you after the selection interview. If you have difficulties in completing the course fees as a single payment, please contact the course secretary Mr. Janaka on 0714 443 728.