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Diploma in Biodiversity Management

Offered by the Department of Plant Sciences

The Diploma in Biodiversity Management (DBIOM) is a multidisciplinary programme that focuses on biological, legal, social and economic aspects of biodiversity conservation and management. The course will be conducted primarily by academics attached to the University of Colombo.


You are eligible if you posses,

Three passes in the Biological Science stream at the GCE A/L examination in one attempt

Three passes in the Physical Sciences stream at the GCE A/L examination in one attempt and related work experience acceptable to the Senate, University of Colombo

Any other qualifications and related work experience acceptable to the Senate, University of Colombo.

Course Fees

LKR 80,000.00

*The entire course will cost you Rs. 80,000 which will include registration fees, library fees and examination fees. All fees paid are not refundable.

Registration for 2020 intake

The programme is not yet advertised for the 2020 intake.

Programme Duration

The duration of the Diploma will be one year part time inclusive of study leave and examinations. Lectures and practical sessions will be held on weekends from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. The students will also participate in field excursions and residential workshops.

Application Procedure

Once advertised application forms could be obtained from the Senior Assistant Registrar (Academic & Publications), University of Colombo, College House, 94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo 03 from 9.00am to 4.00pm on weekdays or by sending a self addressed stamped envelope (22cmx 10cm in size) to reach that division by the given deadline.

Currently this program is not offered.


The main aim of this program is to produce experts in the field of plant cell and tissue culture. These experts in turn, would be able to

  • Use the knowledge gained, in their institutes or start his/ her own industry.
  • Train others and thereby produce skilled human resources in the field
  • Assist in developing of biotechnology industry using the available resources of the country.
  • To improve local agriculture and horticulture industry
  • To lay the framework for encouraging, promoting and assisting industry on plant cell and tissue culture and its application in the country.

Target Group

Persons interested in nature conservation or biodiversity management. It is relevant to those involved with biodiversity assessments, conservation and sustainable development, as well as to those intending to pursue a future career in a biodiversity conservation related field.

Program Structure

The course consists of the following six modules. Candidates should follow all the modules. The medium of instruction and examination shall be English.

Course Modules

Module 1: An introduction to Biodiversity

Module 2: Impacts on Biodiversity

Module 3: Biodiversity Assessment

Module 4: Tools and Strategies of Biodiversity Management -Part I

Module 5: Tools and Strategies of Biodiversity Management -Part II

Module 6: Assignment


Evaluation of the Diploma will be based on two written examinations, practical assessment and evaluation of reports.

Further Information

Further information regarding the Diploma Program can be obtained by contacting the programme coordinator.

Contact details of the programme coordinators are as follows.

Intake Coordinator Email Phone No.
2020 Prof. S M W Ranwala 94 11 258 5038