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M.Sc. in Environmental Science
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 16:55


M.Sc. in Environmental Science

The M.Sc. programme in Environmental Science is designed to provide this understanding to young science graduates, who would have to take up the responsibility of conservation and management of environment in years to come, so that future generations would have a relatively safe environment to live in. The programme has a multidisciplinary approach and would draw expertise in different relevant disciplines to provide a good knowledge of important environmental issues.

The programme will deal with global environmental problems, such as global warming, ozone layer depletion, acid rain and photochemical smog, in general and those in Sri Lanka in particular. Sri Lanka, now that it has ratified a number of international conventions and formulated a number of national policies related to environment, such as the National Environmental Policy, needs personnel with a sound background in the disciplines involved, with specialized training in Environmental Science, to deal with problems involving environmental degradation, particularly with reference to pollution and its management. This is particularly so in the Ministry of Environment and the Central Environmental Authority, organizations that are mainly responsible for the formulation and implementation of the policies related to the environment in the country, and in the local government bodies. This M.Sc. programme is designed to provide that expertise as well.


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$ 2,600/-
Candidates from other countries        US$ 5,200/-


This programme consists of course work and a research project. Course work will be conducted over two semesters during weekends and on 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 coursework. If a student obtains passes in all 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 Environmental Science’ 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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