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Offered by the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences

The existing warming trend of the earth surface and the unexpected extreme weather events have been attributed to anthropogenic (i.e human-induced) climate change. The main cause of recent climate change has been identified as the increased levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, resulting from fossil fuel burning and land use change, and various other human interventions.


BSc degree in any of the following fields: Biological Sciences, Forestry & Environmental Science, Environmental Conservation and Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Physical Sciences, or any other relevant field, obtained from a recognized university


Equivalent degree qualification/s acceptable to the senate of the University of Colombo.

Tentative Dates

Call for applications: March 20, 2023
Closing date of applications: April 25, 2023
Date of commencement: August 2023

Registration is now closed

Course Fees

Parts I and II- LKR 350,000
Part III- LKR 140,000 (for only those who get selected to follow 1-year research project)

*The course fee can be paid in installments.

For Foreign Students - 3000.00USD

Programme Brouchure  here

Application Form  here

Program Structure

M.Sc. in Climate Change and Environmental Management is a program with both course work and a research component. The duration of the program with course work only (Parts I and II) is 1 ½ years and the duration with all three components (Parts I, II, and III) is 2 ½ years.

The programme is specifically meant for graduates and professionals who wish to have an overall knowledge on the issue of climate change, its causes and impacts, and how to deal with the latter through overall environmental management. Since the programme is offered part-time (during weekends), it will give a valuable opportunity for the participants to continue studies with a minimum impact on their careers.

Lectures and laboratory sessions conducted on weekends (on Saturdays and some Sundays). The overall program aims at strengthening the capacity of those already working in the field of climate change (CC) and those hoping to move into this fast-developing field. It will provide the participants an opportunity for interactive learning on the causes, impacts, and strategies to deal with human-induced climate change through environmental management.

Medium : English

Course Modules

Course Code Course Name No. of Credits Details
MCCE 01 Introduction to Environmental Management and fundamentals of climate change 30 L, 2C
MCCE 02 Global carbon cycle and climate change implications 45 L, 3C
MCCE 03 Climate change and human security 15 L, 1C
MCCE 04 Climate change management: Local policy framework, international cooperation, and basic economics 45 L, 3C
MCCE 05 National circumstances: Current status and trends 30 L, 2C
MCCE 06 Management strategies for mitigation of climate change in major socioeconomic sectors 15 L, 1C
MCCE 07 Adaptation strategies for minimizing impacts on key economic sectors 45 L, 3C
MCCE 08 Field/laboratory practicals and assignments 180 P, 6C
MCCE 09 Seminar and written report 120 P, 4C
(Total credits Part I = 25 C)
MCCE 10 Independent study (Report and Viva Voce examination) 150P, 5C
(Total credits Parts I and II = 30 C)
MCCE 11 Literature Survey, progress presentations, & viva voce examination 450 P, 15 C
MCCE 12 Research Project (thesis and public seminar) 450 P, 15C
TOTAL (PARTS I,II, and III) = 60 C

Teaching Panel

Name Designation Affiliation
Prof. E Lokupitiya Professor University of Colombo
Prof. Chandana Jayaratne Professor University of Colombo
Mr. Ranga Pallawela Climate Finance Advisor Commonwealth Secretariat
Prof. N Pallewatta Professor University of Colombo
Prof. DD Wickramasinghe Professor University of Colombo
Ms. Sardhanee Dias Director National Building Research Organization.
Dr. Lal Muthuwatta Senior Regional Researcher International Water Management Institute
Mr. S A M Azmy Former Head Environmental studies Division, National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency
Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala Senior Lecturer University of Moratuwa
Mr. Sena Peiris Former CEO National Cleaner Production Center
Mr. D N Sirisena Former Deputy Director Rice Research Development Institute, Batalagoda.
Prof. Sarath Kotagama Emeritus Professor University of Colombo
Dr. Shiromani Jayawardene Director Department. of Meteorology, Sri Lanka
Dr. Inoka Suraweera Director National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Dr. Upali Amarasinghe Director International Water Management Institute
Dr. Jagathdeva Vidanagama Chief Technical Specialist Accelerating Industries’ Climate Response in Sri Lanka Project, UNIDO

Further Information

Further information regarding the MSc Program can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator

Contact details of the program coordinator are as follows.

Name Email Phone No
Prof. Erandathie Lokupitiya 0112503399