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M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Ecotourism & Environment Management
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 13:16


M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Ecotourism & Environment Management

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. Furthermore, it would discuss the negative impacts of ecotourism and how these could be mitigated. Identifying localities important for ecotourists and visiting those are an integral part of the programme. The programme will greatly benefit the young graduates who seek to engage in ecotourism as a profession, also those that are already in the tourist industry at managerial level, and particularly the graduate naturalists and guides who work freelance or in various tourist facilities. The programme will also be of immense importance to those that are interested in the conservation of biodiversity and other natural resources of Sri Lanka.



Applicants for admission to the programme must have successfully completed a B.Sc. degree in Science or any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya.

The medium of instruction and examinations of the programme will be English. Therefore, candidates should possess an adequate knowledge of English language.



Local candidates Rs 80,000/-

Candidates from SAARC countries US$ 2600/-

Candidates from other countries US$ 5200/-



This programme consists of course work and a research project. Course work, which includes many field visits, will be conducted over two semesters during weekends and some weekdays. The duration of the programme is about 18 months including the 6-month research project. In order to proceed with the research project, a student shall obtain a pass grade in each course and attain a final GPA of not less than 3.0 for 24 credits of course work. If a student obtains passes in all the courses and a GPA in the range of 2.75 to 2.99, then he or she shall be eligible for the ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Environment Management’ but not for the M.Sc. degree.* Such students may not proceed to the research project. After successfully completing the research project within the given time period, a student shall be 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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