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Offered by the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences

The MSc in Environmental Science offered by the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo, is a two-year postgraduate degree (SLQE Level 9) program compromising of both e-learning and conventional mode of delivery courses.


BSc degree in any of the following fields: Biological Sciences, Forestry & Environmental Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Physical Sciences or any other relevant field, obtained from a UGC approved university
Equivalent qualification/s acceptable to the senate of the University of Colombo.

Course Fees

Local students: LKR 200,000/-

International students: USD 4000 SAARC countries / USD 8000 Non SAARC countries

Application Fee: LKR 1000/- (USD 50)

Registration Fee: LKR 2500/-
Library Fee: LKR 2500/-
Library deposit (refundable): LKR 5000/-
(LKR 2,500/= per card)
Course Fee: LKR 200,000/- (Course fee is subjected to change)

*The course fee can be paid as two installments within 2 years

Installments I: The first installment of LKR 150,000/= should be paid at the beginning of the course for the first three semesters.
Installment II: LKR 50,000/= (payable at the commencement of mini-project)

Prospective students for next intake in June 2022

Tentative dates

Application period: 1 st June 2022 to 31 st June 2022 (July 2022 Intake)
Call for applications: 
Closing date of applications:
Date of commencement:

How to apply

The applications should be sent to the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo, Colombo 03.

Course Duration

PG Dip 1 and half years, MSc 2 Years

Part I: Semester I-III, course duration 18 months
Part II: Mini project, 6 months

A candidates studentship will expire at the end of 60 months from the date of registration.

Programme Structure

MSc in Environmental Sciences is a 2-year part-time study programme designed to cater to a wide range of interested persons such as biologist, chemists, mathematicians, economists, engineers, geographers and sociologists, among others.

The programme takes on a multidisciplinary approach and hence will give students a wide range of a basic and applied knowledge and skills, enabling them to adopt a holistic approach to environmental problems solving, which increase employment opportunities in a wide range of fields.

Further the programme provides many modules on-line, allowing students to study at their own pace and during non-working hours

Lectures and laboratory sessions conducted on Friday (4 to 6 pm) and Saturdays. Some field work will conduct on Sundays as well.

Medium : English

Course Modules


Course Module Name Details
MEN 5101 Foundation Course 30L, 30P, 3C
MEN 5103 Environmental Economics, Demography and Sociology 30L, 30P, 3C
MEN 5102 Principles of Ecology and Fundamentals of Conservation Biology 30L, 30P, 3C
MEN 5104 Tools for Sustainable development 30L, 30P, 3C
MEN 5105 Environmental Risk Assessment and monitoring 30L, 3C
MEN 5106 Environmental Health 30L, 30P, 3C
MEN 5201 Environmental Law 15L, 1C
MEN 5202 Research Methodology 30L, 2C
MEN 5203 Environmental Certification 30L, 2C
MEN 5204 Graduate Seminar 1C


Course Module Name Details
MEN 5205 Mini Project 5C

Further Information

Further information regarding the MSc Programme can be obtained by contacting the programme coordinator

Contact details of the programme coordinator are as follows.

Intake Name Email Phone No Mobile No
2021 Dr. Devanmini Halwatura 011 250 3399 718113301
2020 Dr. Ayomi Witharana 011 250 3399 077 996 6930
2019 Dr. Devanmini Halwatura 011 250 3399 718113301