M.Sc. Programmes 2017/2018
Call for Applications

M.Sc. Students at the PGIS.............

Learn from a distinguished panel of teachers drawn from all Faculties of the University of Peradeniya and from other local and foreign universities and institutes
Get hands-on experience in practical/laboratory training required for industrially oriented jobs, research and development, teaching and higher research degrees locally and internationally
Perform a research project and obtain experience in applying scientific method to solve problems in local/global context
Improve their career prospects by obtaining a postgraduate degree from the University of Peradeniya
May get an opportunity to upgrade to an M.Phil./Ph.D. research degree programme at the PGIS or join a prestigious foreign university for a Ph.D. programme

M.Sc. by course work and research (1.5 years) (#)
The ‘M.Sc. Degree programmes by course work and research’ are of 18 months duration and consist of taught courses (2 semesters) and a 6 month research project, which is generally industry/job oriented. Postgraduate diploma programmes are of 12 months duration and consist of only taught courses. Most programmes are conducted generally during week-ends. A limited number of scholarships will be available based on Semester-I performance.

M.Sc. by course work (1 year) (#1)
available for M.Sc. programme in Computer Science only

The ‘M.Sc. Degree by course work’ can be obtained by completing course work only (without conducting any research project).

M.Sc. by research (2 years) (#2)
available for M.Sc. programme in Computer Science only

In addition to the requirements of the ‘Masters Degree by course work’, the ‘Masters Degree by Research’ requires a research project of one year duration. The minimum duration of the entire programme shall be 24 months.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Surveying or any other equivalent qualification from a recognized university, acceptable to the PGIS. Those who are awaiting results of their final degree examinations may also apply.

The deadline for the receipt of applications for all the M.Sc. programmes listed below is 31st March 2017. The programme fee can be paid in full or in two installments (50% at the registration and 50% at the beginning of the second semester) or in three installments (1st installment at the registration, 2nd installment after 4 months from the date of registration and 3rd installment after 8 months from the date of registration).

This M.Sc. programme, which is being offered for the first time in Sri Lanka, provides advanced knowledge of epidemiological concepts with training in essential methodological skills required to conduct epidemiological studies; apply epidemiological principles for surveillance and control of diseases within animal and human populations. This program is especially designed for medical, dental, veterinary and science graduates .

(Programme Fee - Rs. 150,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 250,000/- for 2-year category).

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This M.Sc. programme focusses on developing Clinical Biochemists with evaluative, innovative, and creative capabilities. After successful completion of this programme, the students should be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge in Clinical Biochemistry, show the highest level of competency in analytical techniques, methodology, upkeep and use of instruments, update Clinical Laboratory Technology, function in an administrative, supervisory and advisory capacity and work as team members with medical and paramedical personnel to deliver better healthcare.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 200,000/-)

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This M.Sc. programme provides computer science/non-computer science graduates an advanced knowledge and training in information technology. At the completion of the programme, the candidate is qualified to seek a career in any computerized enterprise or a research or educational institute or to pursue higher studies.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 170,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 230,000/- for 2-year category)

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Conducted jointly with the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya
This M.Sc. Programme gives an opportunity for graduates with different backgrounds to gain a focused understanding of disaster management and mitigation. The programme has, as its long term objective, the sustainable training of well accomplished professionals who would be available to carry out activities related to hazard, vulnerability, risk analysis and mitigation. Their skills achieved in participatory risk assessment techniques, forecasting methods, environmental management and GIS applications should indeed satisfy the aspirations of Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management efforts. Visiting experts from foreign countries also conduct several course modules and laboratory sessions.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 160,000/-)

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This M.Sc. programme encompasses environmental aspects of all areas of science. It covers advanced training in air pollution, water pollution, environmental impact assessment, cleaner production, waste management, etc. It is intended for those aspiring to become environmental scientists and managers, and also for those who need to improve their skills and knowledge.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 130,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 210,000/- for 2-year category)

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The M.Sc. programme is designed to provide the graduate student with the necessary theoretical and practical background in fish and wildlife management. It will provide the necessary background to the fish and wildlife managers as well as to those who are involved in research in these fields.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 160,000/-)

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This M.Sc. programme provides an adequate coverage of important aspects of chemical industry including chemistry, basic concepts of chemical engineering, chemical technology and industrial economics. The necessary practical training will be provided in areas relevant to chemical industry.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 150,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 230,000/- for 2-year category)

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This M.Sc. programme deals with developing mathematical models, finding solutions and interpreting the results of problems that come up in industry. The programme in designed to provide graduates with an adequate knowledge in mathematics, statistics, operations research and scientific computing and to provide opportunities for research in applications of mathematics to existing problems in industry.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 140,000/-)

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Medical Physics is a branch of physics applied to medicine and biology, covering a wide range of applications such as the use of radioisotopes in cancer treatment, imaging of organs using X-rays, gamma cameras, CT scanners, magnetic resonance scanners, ultrasonic scanners, thermographic scanners, etc. This M.Sc. programme, conducted in collaboration with experts from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, the General Hospital, Kandy and Atomic Energy Authority, Colombo aims to train personnel in Radiotherapy and Radiation Protection to carryout the duties of a Medical Physicist in a Hospital. Trained Medical Physicists are in great demand in hospitals in Sri Lanka and abroad.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 170,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 250,000/- for 2-year category)

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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology are fast growing areas of science and technology which span the entire spectrum of science and technology including next generation electronics, engineering materials, advanced materials and coatings, devices, computers, medicine, textiles, sports equipment, polymers, biology, agriculture, etc. The study programme will prepare the student to take the challenge of meeting not only national needs in diverse areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology but also to continue toward advanced studies anywhere in the world.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 150,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 250,000/- for 2-year category)

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M.Sc. programme in Pharmaceutical Botany will provide effective knowledge on plant species with pharmaceutical importance and their usage, and train students towards development of new commercial pharmaceutical products through innovative research and to disseminate recent advancements in Pharmaceutical industry with hands on experience.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 130,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 230,000/- for 2-year category)

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A sound knowledge in Science and Technology of materials is necessary for the efficient use of materials in industry. The broad aim of this M.Sc. programme is to provide a basic knowledge in Physics of Materials with emphasis on technologically important materials and newly emerging area of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. This programme will train graduates required for various industries and also to improve the knowledge and skills of personnel already employed in the industrial sector.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 150,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 250,000/- for 2-year category).

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This programme is designed especially for science teachers and educationists and for those who could contribute to the development of science education in Sri Lanka. The programme consists of a professional general component of Science Education, and a special component from one of the four subject areas: Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Mathematics Education and Physics Education. In addition, practicals, a research project and a seminar in the special component are also included in the programme. Activity-based and interactive methods of teaching form a significant part of training. Classes are conducted throughout the week.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 120,000/-)

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This postgraduate Diploma programme in Science Education is designed especially for science graduates who are planning to become teachers and for science teachers who are already employed. Postgraduate diploma programme is of 12 months duration and consists of taught courses. The postgraduate Diploma in Science Education is considered by the Ministry of Education for promotions in the teachers’ service. Classes are conducted during weekends. (

(Programme Fee - Rs. 70,000/-)

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Application forms and course contents of the programme/s can be downloaded from the PGIS website. The completed application forms should be submitted with a processing fee of Rs. 2000/- to the

Assistant Registrar,
Postgraduate Institute of Science,
University of Peradeniya,

on or before
28th February, 2017 31st March, 2017.

Mode of Payment of Processing Fee (Rs. 2000/-):
(i) Deposit to the PGIS A/C No. 057100161338035 at People’s Bank, Peradeniya;
(ii) By cheque made in favour of ‘Postgraduate Institute of Science’;
(iii) By cash: Accepted only at the shroff counter of the PGIS.

For details please contact the
Deputy Registrar (Tel.: 081 2394793/2385660 or e-mail:

M.Phil./Ph.D. Research Degree Programmes
M.Phil./Ph.D. (full-time) research degree programmes in several disciplines are also available throughout the year under the following Boards of Study:
1. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2. Chemical Sciences
3. Earth Sciences
4. Environmental Science
5. Mathematics
6. Physics
7. Plant Sciences
8. Science Education
9. Statistics and Computer Science
10. Zoological Sciences
Registration and Tuition Fees (M.Phil./Ph.D.): Rs. 30,000/- per year.
In addition, candidates are required to pay research project expenses, which may range from 50,000 to 200,000, if not covered by a grant.

M.Phil. programmes are typically of 2 - 3 years duration and Ph.D. programmes are of 3 - 4 years duration. Deserving students may qualify for Research Assistantships offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other agencies, which would also cover the registration and tuition fees.

For details, please contact
the Assistant Registrar
(Tel.: 081-2394793/2385660, e-mail: or
the Director
(Tel.: 081 2387218, email:
Prof. H.M.D. Namal Priyantha