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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

LKR 200,000/-

Application Fee: LKR 2500/-
Course Fee: 200,000/-
Library Fee: 1500/-
Examination Fee: 10,500/-

*The course fee can be paid as two installments.

Registration for 2020 intake

The programme is advertised for the 2020 intake.

Further more details can be found from below links,

Please download the Application form.

Tentative dates

Call for applications: 2nd August 2020
Closing date of applications: 24th August 2020
Date of commencement: October 2020

How to apply

The applications should be sent to the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo, Colombo 03 on or before 24th August 2020.

University of Colombo,
94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha,
Colombo 03

Course Duration

The duration of the entire program is 02 years.

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.

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.

Name Email Phone No Mobile No
Dr. Devanmini Halwatura 011 250 3399 071 811 3301