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M.Sc. in Biodiversity Conservation Management
Monday, 03 January 2011 16:49

M.Sc.  in  Biodiversity  Conservation  Management

To impart a scientific knowledge of biodiversity and its conservation management with an emphasis on its ecological role in sustainable development.  This programme has been designed for those who seek employment  in forestry, wildlife, agriculture, environment and biological resource management sectors and those engaged in  biodiversity research and  teaching.


Those qualified with a degree in Science with Botany/Zoology/Biology as a subject or in Agriculture or a Special Degree in Geography from a recognized University may apply.  Graduates without the above qualifications will be required to follow prerequisite course recommended by the course-coordinators and acceptable to the Board of Study of Plant Sciences.

Candidates having required basic qualifications will be selected after a selection test and an interview.  The medium of instruction and examination will be English.  Consequently, the candidates will be expected to have a satisfactory knowledge of English.  As considerable amount of field work is involved, enrolment at any given time will be restricted to about 14 students who are strongly motivated to follow such a programme.


Local candidates    Rs. 80,000/-
SAARC countries    US $ 2,600/-
Other countries    US $ 5,200/-

Programme fees shall be paid in two instalments (Rs. 40000/- at the registration and next Rs. 40000/- within six months from registration). Other payments including registration fee, medical fee, library subscription, examination fee and deposits (science and library) should be paid according to the procedure stipulated by the PGIS.


This is a full-time programme consisting of course work and a research project.  Course work will be conducted over a period of two semesters of 15 - weeks each (during weekends) over a period of about 12 months at the Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya.  The entire programme duration will be about 18 months inclusive of further six months for the research project.  Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 24 credits of course work (with a GPA of not less than 3.00) is required for the programme in addition to the 6 credits allocated for the full-time research project (The student who does not satisfy the above criteria but obtains a GPA in the range 2.75 to 2.99 for course work is eligible for the Diploma in Biodiversity Conservation Management but not the M.Sc. Degree). Continuous attendance on full-time basis is compulsory during the period of research work. After successful completion of the research project, the student is eligible for the award of the M.Sc. Degree.


Senior Assistant Registrar,
Postgraduate Institute of Science
P.O. Box 25,
University of Peradeniya,
(Telephone: 081 - 2387542; 081 - 2385660)



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