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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 (SLQF Level 10) 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.

Tentative dates

Call for applications: March 20, 2022
Closing date of applications: May 3, 2022
Date of commencement: June 2022

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Pay registration fee online here
Payment procedure here

Course Fees

Local students: LKR 250,000/-

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

Parts I and II- LKR 250,000

Part III- LKR 100,000 (for only those who get selected to follow 1-year research project)

Application Fee: LKR 500/- (USD 20)

*The course fee can be paid in installments

Course Duration

Part I & II – 18 months

Part III – 12 months

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

Programme Structure

MSc in Environmental Sciences is 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


Some Laboratory sessions – 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


12 months Research Project (for only those who get selected to follow 1-year research project)

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
2022 Dr. Devanmini Halwatura 011 250 3399 718113301
2020 Dr. Ayomi Witharana 011 250 3399 077 996 6930