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M.Sc. in GIS and Remote Sensing
Thursday, 06 January 2011 16:26

M.Sc. in GIS and Remote Sensing

The Postgraduate M.Sc. programme in GIS and Remote Sensing offered by the Postgraduate Institute of Science of the University of Peradeniya, seeks to provide a sound theoretical and practical knowledge and comprehensive training in the Geographic Information systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). The goal of this M.Sc. course is to provide opportunity for the participants, a critical understanding and competence in developing systems and tools for the acquisition, processing, transformation, analysis, storage, presentation and use of geo-spatial information. In addition, skills are developed to enable the participants to design and undertake research and development projects in various fields and also to actively engage in multidisciplinary research and development projects.
GIS and RS are rapidly evolving towards becoming standard tools, influencing everyday decision-making particularly among professionals. Eventhough this has been described as “Geoinformatics” by some of the professionals, the Postgraduate Institute of Science decided to name it as “GIS and Remote Sensing” due to its popularity. As a multi-disciplinary programme, it includes courses in Geographical Information System, Remote sensing, numerical methods and algorithms in RS and GIS, Digital photogrammetry, GPS and its applications, digital image processing. In addition, there are courses in application of GIS in various disciplines such as Earth Sciences, Landuse planning, Disaster Management, Natural resources Management, Agriculture, Forestry, Wild life, Transportation and supply net work, Transmission and Telecommunication network will be included. The programme is designed for the students to use computers throughout the programme, enabling them to use the latest software available in the fields of GIS and Remote Sensing.
The programme includes a dissertation component and the students are required to select a suitable research topic in any of the fields mentioned above and submit a research report in the form of a dissertation. In this connection, the students are free to select an institution of their choice to conduct the research study. The Postgraduate Institute of Science would also help the students to find suitable institutions and topics for their research.

This programme aims at developing human resources in the fields of GIS and Remote Sensing. The objectives of the programme are;
1. To train personnel in the fields of remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems and the related aspects at postgraduate level.
2. To Provide an opportunity to improve existing skills in GIS and Remote Sensing. 
3.  To provide a necessary background knowledge for research in Remote Sensing and GIS applications.
4. To provide necessary skills for use of GIS and Remote Sensing in management of natural resources.

This programme is designed to suit professionals and young graduates who do not have any previous experience in the use of GIS or Remote Sensing. Candidates should have a strong background in at least one of the following subject areas: Computer science, Physical and Biological Sciences, Earth and Natural Sciences, Geography, Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine or any other discipline that will be endorsed by the Board of Study in Earth Sciences of the PGIS.
The candidates who are employed and eligible for admission need to produce evidence of leave granted to follow the programme and a letter of release from the relevant Head of the Department/Institution.


Sri Lanka    Rs. 100,000
SAARC Countries    US $ 3,300
Other Countries    US $ 6,600

Programme fees shall be paid in two instalments (50% at the 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 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. The taught courses will be conducted on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays covering a total of 12 - 15 hours per week. The entire programme duration will be about 15 – 18 months inclusive of 3 - 6 months for the individual research project.


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




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