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M.Sc. in Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 16:44

M.Sc. in Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology

The M.Sc. programme of study in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology seeks to provide a sound theoretical knowledge and  comprehensive training in engineering geological and hydrogeological principles and their applications. It will also involve imparting of considerable practical experience in the areas of interests to geologists, engineers and other scientists. In Sri Lanka, at present  there is a growing need  to improve her 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. In this programme it is intended to give an opportunity for the  students to get a better insight into the complex inter-relationships of soils, rocks and water.
At present, postgraduate educational opportunities particularly for geologists and civil engineers working in public and private sector organizations in Sri Lanka are limited. A large number of them stand to benefit personally and the country at large if postgraduate training is made available in Sri Lanka for the above fields. This programme is offered by the PGIS and will be conducted by the Department of Geology and the Department of Civil Engineering in collaboration.


The programme is designed to provide the students a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering geological and hydrogeological principles, soil mechanics, rock mechanics, applications of engineering geology, groundwater resources, ground water investigation and development, groundwater pollution and transport of groundwater contaminants, groundwater engineering, investigation and development of groundwater, environmental impact studies, land use planning, landfill and waste isolation, and infrastructure planning and development.


The candidates possessing the following educational and professional qualifications are eligible to apply for the programme.

i.    B.Sc. Special Degree in Geology from a recognized University
ii.    B.Sc. General Degree from a recognized University with Geology as a subject
iii.    B.Sc. Degree in Engineering (Civil or Mining) from a recognized University
iv.    Any other qualifications acceptable to the PGIS.


Local candidates    Rs. 100000/-
SAARC countries    US $ 3300/-
Other countries    US $ 6600/-


This is a full time programme consisting of coursework and a research project. Coursework will be conducted over a period of two semesters of 15 weeks each, during Fridays (if necessary), Saturdays and Sundays. The entire programme duration will be about 15-18 months inclusive of 3 - 6 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 Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology 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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