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M.Sc. Programmes in Gemmology & Industrial Minerals
Thursday, 06 January 2011 16:21

M.Sc. Programmes in Gemmology/Industrial Minerals

Sri Lanka has produced some of the most valued gemstones and possesses some of the best quality mineral deposits known to the mankind. Although the gem and mineral based industries are established in Sri Lanka, considerable proportion of this mineral wealth is exported at very low prices without adequate processing and value addition. Due to self-insufficiency or inadequate technology to exploit and process its own mineral resources, some of the mineral-based industries in Sri Lanka have to import certain raw materials at extremely high costs.  In this regard, creation of opportunities for postgraduate training and research in the fields of gemmology and industrial minerals has been a long-felt need.

Having recognised this need, an M.Sc Programme in Gemmology was on offer since 1997/1998. Although two batches of students opted for this course, due to extremely limited number of graduates embarking on a gemmology-related field, this offer is currently not adequately made use of.  On the contrary, the number of science graduates entering other mineral-based industries is rising, but presently they lack opportunities for training and research in the field of industrial minerals. Therefore, the present M.Sc. Programmes have been designed to cater to these fluctuating demands for postgraduate training and research in the fields of Gemmology and Industrial Minerals.


•    To train personnel in the fields of gemology and industrial minerals and on related aspects at postgraduate level.
•    To provide an opportunity to (i) improve the skills in mineral exploration with emphasis on gem minerals, gemmology and management of gem and jewellery industry or (ii) exploit and process industrial minerals to use as industrial raw materials.
•    To provide necessary background knowledge for research in gemmology/industrial minerals.


The minimum requirement for either of the M.Sc. Programmes is a B.Sc. General or Special Degree in Science or B.Sc. in Engineering/Agriculture from a recognized university or any other equivalent qualification/s acceptable to the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya. A limited number of students could be accommodated in both programmes each year. Candidates who meet the eligibility requirement will be required to sit an aptitude test and/or a subject related examination. The successful candidates will be called for an interview and the selected candidates will be admitted to their desired programme.


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


The structure of the two programmes is such that they will run concurrently commencing with courses in geology in the first semester. The courses in geology consist of basic geology, mineralogy, exploration, mining, and related topics.  In the Semester II, the programmes diverge so that the students could either specialize in Gemmology or Industrial Minerals. The special courses in gemmology focus on various aspects of gemstones like colour enhancement, fashioning, valuation etc. The special courses in industrial minerals are blending various aspects of geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering in the study of minerals, to give the student a comprehensive knowledge about the processes of formation, exploration, mining, processing and utilization of industrial minerals and rocks.


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




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