Masters Degree Programmes 2023/2024
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Masters Degree in Analytical Chemistry
Masters Degree in Applied Epidemiology
Masters Degree in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Masters Degree in Gemmology & Ind. Minerals
Masters Degree in GIS and Remote Sensing
Masters Degree in Industrial Chemistry
Masters Degree in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Masters Degree in Science Education
Masters Degree in Water Resources Management
Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education




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).

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

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 Masters programmes listed below is 31st December 2023 .
The programme fee can be paid in full or in four installments (1st installment at the registration, 2nd installment after 4 months from the date of registration, 3rd installment after 8 months from the date of registration and 4th installment after 11 months from the date of registration).

This Masters programme is designed to train analytical chemists who could contribute in many diverse areas such as food and beverage industry, pharmaceutical industry, healthcare, environmental control, agriculture, etc. covering quality control, research and development work and manufacturing processes in industry, university and other research laboratories.
(Programme Fee - Rs. 350,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 350,000 + 200,000/- for 2-year category)

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This Masters 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 graduate.
(Programme Fee - Rs. 250,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 250,000 + 100,000/- for 2-year category)

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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. 250,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 250,000 + 100,000/- for 2-year category)

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This Masters programme trains professionals in the exploitation and processing of precious materials and industrial menerals 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 industry.
(Programme Fee - Rs. 275,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 275,000 + 50,000/- 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. 300,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 300,000 + 40,000/- for 2-year category)

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This Masters 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. 300,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 300,000 + 100,000/- 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. 300,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 300,000 + 100,000/- for 2-year category)

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Masters programme in Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables will provide knowledge on pre- and postharvest physiology and biochemistry of fresh produce, postharvest losses due to diseases and disorders and supply chain and logistics management. Further it gives hands on experience and disseminates innovative recent advancements on postharvest techniques. This programme is intended for those seek employment in the field of postharvest of fresh produce and also for those who need to improve their skills and knowledge in the related field.
(Programme Fee - Rs. 320,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 320,000 + 150,000/- 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. 350,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 350,000 + 150,000/- for 2-year category)

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The objective of the programme is to provide the students with a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of water resources assessment, evaluation development, and management. The program is also intended to enable students to update their hydraulics and computational expertise, to appreciate the environmental implications of water resources, and to develop management skills.
(Programme Fee - Rs. 200,000/- for 1-year category; Rs. 200,000 + 60,000/- for 2-year category)

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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.
(Programme Fee - Rs. 125,000/- )

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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/posted with a processing fee of Rs. 2000/- to the

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

Please write ‘Masters Degree Application’ on the top left-hand corner of the envelope.

Mode of Payment of Processing Fee (Rs. 2000/-):
(i)Online payment option: Follow the link
(Please write the ‘Order ID’ displayed on the Payment Receipt Page upon successful payment).
(ii)By cash: Accepted only at the shroff counter of the PGIS.

For details please contact the Assistant Registrar (Tel.: 081 239 4793 / 081 238 5665 or e-mail: or PGIS Office (Tel.: 081 2385660/7).

Prof. H M T G A Pitawala