Masters Degree Programmes 2019/2020
Call for Applications


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
Improve their career prospects by obtaining a postgraduate degree from the University of Peradeniya
Conduct a research project and obtain experience in applying scientific method to solve problems in local/global context (applicable to students following ‘Masters degree programme with course work and a research component’).
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
Masters degree programmes are offered at the PGIS under following categories

Masters by course work (1 year) [Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF) Level 9]
The ‘Masters Degree by course work’ can be obtained by completing course work only (without conducting any research project).

Masters with course work and a research component (2 years) [SLQF Level 10]
In addition to the requirements for the ‘Masters Degree by course work’, the ‘Masters Degree with course work and a research component’ requires a research project of one year duration. The minimum duration of the entire programme shall be 24 months.

M.Sc. in Science Education (1.5 years)
The M.Sc. Degree programme in Science Education is of 18 months duration and consists of taught courses (2 semesters) and a 6-month research project.

Postgraduate Diploma (1 year) [SLQF Level 8]
The postgraduate Diploma programme in Science Education is of 12 months duration and consists of only taught courses.

Most programmes are conducted generally during week-ends.

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 Masters degree programmes listed below is 15th November 2018. 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 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. 170,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 170,000 + 60,000/- 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/- for 1-year category; Rs. 140,000/- + 80,000/- for 2-year category))

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Conducted jointly with the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya
This 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. 175,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 175,000/- + 50,000/- for 2-year category)

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This 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/- for 1-year category; Rs. 220,000/- + 100,000/- for 2-year category )

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The programme 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. 180,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 180,000/- + 70,000/- for 2-year category)

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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 carry out 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. 170,000/- + 80,000/- 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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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.

(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
15th November, 2018

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
Assistant Registrar (Tel.: 081 2394793/2385660 or e-mail:

M.Phil./Ph.D. Research Degree Programmes [SLQF LEVEL 11 AND 12]
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: