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M.Sc. in Disaster Management
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 16:50


M.Sc. in Disaster Management

This M.Sc. Programme proposes a value adding philosophy that allows graduates with different backgrounds to gain a focused understanding of disaster management and mitigation.  The strategy is to train a broad base of professionals from diverse sectors that can integrate risk reduction appropriately in their practices.  It also actively models the interdisciplinary aspect across natural, physical and social sciences as well as between practitioners and researchers.  The programme reflects the notion that effective disaster management is an inter-sectoral activity requiring knowledge from a wide range of disciplines.  These include an understanding of hazard processes, an appreciation of governance, poverty and household livelihoods as well as cognizance of health and illness on development potentials.  The programme has, as its long term objective, the sustainable training of well accomplished professionals  who would be available to carry out a range of activities related to hazard, vulnerability, risk analysis and mitigation.  This applies irrespective of whether they work in the state sector, private sector, nongovernmental organizations or research institutions.  A possible outcome with wide-reaching consequences would be the appreciation that skilled professionals who can contribute to the effectiveness of disaster risk and its management.  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 Act recently approved by the Parliament.


Candidates should be proficient in English which will be the medium of instruction for the programme. The minimum requirements for enrolment

(a)     Bachelor’s degree, preferably in  science-based disciplines.

Those applicants possessing a bachelor’s degree in Arts / Humanities  should have at least 5 years of experience in disaster management activities, particularly in floods, landslides and tsunami affected and drought stricken areas or should have completed at the Bachelors degree level, a substantial component of the above activities.


(b)     any other equivalent qualifications acceptable to the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS).


local candidates    Rs. 90,000/=
SAARC countries    US $ 3000/=
other countries    US $ 6000/=

Programme fees shall be paid in two instalments, 50% at registration and the balance 50% 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 procedures stipulated by the PGIS. Candidates will have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 2500/= for the preliminary courses.


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



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