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 (1 year) (#1)
The ‘M.Sc. Degree by course work’ can be obtained by completing course work only (without conducting any research project).

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 research (2 years) (#2)
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 30th October, 2017 18th November, 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 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. 160,000/- ).

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This M.Sc. programme provides an adequate coverage of basic statistical theory, applications in design of experiments and surveys, data analysis and methods of presentation and interpretation of results. At the completion of the programme, the candidate will be able to fit in as an applied statistician in a research institute, planning institute or other state or private sector institute.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 150,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 200,000/- for 2-year category)

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This M.Sc. programme deals with biodiversity and other natural resources, cultural heritage, local produce and traditional professions of Sri Lanka that interest an ecotourist. It would also show the importance of environment conservation and management in protecting biodiversity, natural resources and cultural heritage, which would in turn greatly benefit the ecotourism industry.

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

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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. Classes are conducted during weekends and on either Mondays or Fridays.

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

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This M.Sc. programme provides advanced knowledge and training in biotechnology that could be applied in the fields of medicine, agriculture, environment, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical research and industry. The main emphasis of this uniquely designed programme is to impart a sound knowledge in hands-on skills in the experimental aspects of biotechnology. The high programme fee reflects the high cost of chemicals used.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 220,000/- )

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The programme is designed to provide the geologists, engineers and other scientists a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering, geological and hydrogeological principles. In Sri Lanka, at present, there is a growing need to improve infrastructure facilities with particular reference to construction of buildings, roads, railways, bridges, sub-way tunnels, overpasses, etc., and to develop energy and water resources to meet the requirements of an increasing population. It is important to emphasize that these goals could be achieved only by those having a sound knowledge of geological principles and their applications to civil engineering practices. This programme will be conducted jointly with the Department of Geology and the Department of Civil Engineering.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 150,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 180,000/- 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 trains professionals in the exploitation and processing of precious materials and industrial minerals in Sri Lanka through selection, design, recognition, technical analysis and acquisition. The programme provides an advanced knowledge in the natural processes pertaining to the formation of gems or minerals /precious stones/semiprecious stones and quantification of mineral resources.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 150,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 180,000/- for 2-year category)

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This M.Sc. programme is uniquely designed to train students from a range of disciplines - physical and biological sciences, geography, engineering, medicine, veterinary science, agriculture, management, IT/ICT, architecture, social sciences, surveying, defense, etc. The programme will give an all-round knowledge of GIS, Remote Sensing and GPS, and will also cover current technological developments in those areas. It is designed to produce high quality graduates who will be able to solve local, regional and global problems using GIS and Remote Sensing. Visiting experts from foreign countries conduct several course modules both locally and abroad.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 150,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 180,000/- for 2-year category)

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The MSc programme in IT facilitates to gain a comprehensive knowledge in ICT providing its participants the understanding in concepts of the information and communication systems, and technologies applicable. At the completion of the course, candidates will be able to effectively use the knowledge in ICT to take up managerial positions covering wide range of fields such as education, business, finance and creative industries in addition to core computing disciplines.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 160,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 220,000/- for 2-year category)

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Effective control of infective diseases requires a multi-pronged approach, central to which is the availability of a network of efficient and reliable microbiology diagnostic and reference laboratories, which requires persons trained in laboratory methodology, including molecular techniques which are being increasingly used for diagnostic and epidemiological purposes. The M.Sc. programme aims to produce scientists ready to apply modern methods of diagnosis of infective diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and other parasites and these scientists will be able to pursue a career in research or in diagnostic microbiology.

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

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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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The 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. State-of-the-art activity-based and interactive methods of teaching forms a significant part of training. Classes are conducted throughout the week.

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

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The objective of this M.Sc. programme is to provide engineers and scientists with expert, up-to-date knowledge in the fields of water resources, hydraulics and water resources assessment, evaluation, development and management. The programme will provide the candidates with a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of water resources management, and enable them to update their hydraulics and computational expertise to appreciate the environmental implications of water resources and to develop management skills.

(Programme Fee - Rs. 175,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 225,000/- for 2-year category).

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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
30th October, 2017 18th November, 2017

Mode of Payment of Processing Fee (Rs. 2000/-):
(i) Deposit to the PGIS A/C No. 0081041788 at Bank of Ceylon, 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: