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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 activities.  


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 recognized university


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

Course Fees

LKR 90,000/-

Application Fee: LKR 500/-
Course Fee: 90,000/- (Subject to change)

*The course fee cannot be paid as installments. However, students are eligible for Bank Ceylon Student Loan system. Please contact Bank of Ceylon, Thummulla Branch for more details.

Course Duration

12 months

Program Structure

Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change and Environmental Management is a 1-year part-time study programme providing valuable information and learning experience in dealing with the issue of climate change locally and globally through environmental management. 

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 course 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. The course 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

Course Modules

Course Code Course Name No. of Credits Note
PCE 01 Introduction to Environmental Management; Fundamentals of the climate system and climate change 2C 30 L
PCE 02 Global carbon cycle and climate change implications 3C 45 L
PCE 03 Climate change and human security (an overview) 1C 15 L
PCE 04 Policy, legal framework, strategies and institutional setup related climate change in Sri Lanka; International cooperation and basic economics in climate change management 3C 45 L
PCE 05 Overview of the national circumstances: Climate change in Sri Lanka- Current status and trends 2C 30 L
PCE 06 Impacts on major socioeconomic sectors and management strategies for mitigation of climate change in Sri Lanka 1C 15 L
PCE 07 Impacts of climate change on different key sectors and adaptation strategies for minimizing impacts on these sectors in Sri Lanka, with emphasis on Food Security (agriculture, livestock, fisheries, & water resources sectors) and other aspects (forestry & biodiversity, health, coastal) 3C 45 L
PCE 08 Field/laboratory practicals and assignments 6C 180 L
PCE 09 Seminar and written report 4C 120 L
Total 25 C

Teaching Panel

Name Designation Affiliation
Dr. E Lokupitiya Senior lecturer University of Colombo
Prof. Chandana Jayaratne Professor University of Colombo
Mr. Buddhika Hemashantha Founder and CEO Climate Smart Initiatives (Climate SI)
Prof. N Pallewatta Professor University of Colombo
Ms. Sardhanee Dias Director National Building Research Organization.
Dr. R A D B Samaranayake Former Director Coast Conservation Department
Mr. S A M Azmy Former Head Environmental studies Division, National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency
Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala Director General Sustainable Energy Authority of Sri Lanka.
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

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 Mobile No
Prof. Erandathie Lokupitiya