The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya is situated on a spacious 35 acre campus at Ragama. The Faculty now has sixteen academic departments, as well as several smaller units and centres.
In keeping with the need to expand and improve allied health services in the country, the Faculty established a Disability Studies Unit in 1993. In collaboration with the Institute of Child Health of the University of London, the Disability Studies Unit conducted a 2-year diploma course in Speech and Language Therapy for 7 batches of students over the period 1998 - 2007. This course was upgraded into a Bachelor of Science in Speech & Hearing Sciences and the Unit upgraded to Department status in 2007. The first batch of 35 students for this degree programme was admitted in August 2008 and they graduated in January 2013.
The Molecular Medicine Unit was established in 2003 with the aims of improving molecular diagnostic facilities for infectious diseases and providing DNA 'finger-printing'.
Many of the departments have academic links with foreign universities. Over its relatively short period of existence, the faculty has produced a large volume of research publications. Several staff members have been awarded prestigious prizes for research papers presented at national and international scientific fora and Presidential Research Awards.
The Colombo North Teaching Hospital, which is one of the busiest tertiary referral centres in the country, is the main teaching hospital. University clinical departments have wards in this hospital. Other allied teaching hospitals include, the Ragama Rehabilitation Hospital, Welisara Chest Hospital and Base Hospitals in Negombo and Gampaha. The Faculty provides hostel facilities for most of its students. It also has an open air theatre, a sports ground, a multi-purpose court and a gymnasium.
A Cultural Centre was opened in January 2009 and programmes in music, dance, art and photography are conducted. Yoga classes are held every Thursday afternoon. Tamil classes are conducted every year to enable our graduates to be able to practice in any part of the country. There is an elected student council and several other thriving cultural and literary student societies.