Classfication of Students

An applicant for a postgraduate study programme may be admitted to any of the following distinct categories:

Regular Full-time Student

A regular full-time postgraduate student is a person who, having satisfied the appropriate admission requirements, has been admitted and registered by the PGIHS to follow a postgraduate programme on a full-time basis. A full-time student carries out coursework and/or research during normal working hours of the week and is not engaged in employment or any other income generating work other than working as a teaching assistant or a research assistant at the University.

Regular Part-time Student

A regular part-time postgraduate student is a person who, having satisfied the appropriate admission requirements, has been admitted and registered by the PGIHS to follow a postgraduate programme on a part-time basis. A part-time student shall devote only a part of his/her time to the coursework and the research during normal working hours of the week and may engage in employment or any other income generating work. The relevant minimum and maximum durations for all programmes on part-time basis shall be one and a half times those of the corresponding regular full-time programmes.

Provisional Student

A candidate whose academic performance cannot be fully evaluated due to unavailability of final certificates of programmes at the time of admission may be admitted as a provisional student to follow a study programme if he/she shows promise of satisfying the appropriate admission requirements within three months from the date of pending registration. If a candidate fails to convert his/her provisional registration status to regular registration status within three months, his/her candidature shall be terminated automatically.

Casual Student

A casual postgraduate student is a student (local/foreign) who is in every respect eligible for admission as a regular postgraduate student and who, although not enrolled in a degree programme at this University, enrolls in one or more postgraduate level courses or engages in a research project. An applicant who wishes to study under this category shall apply to the relevant Board of Study for approval. The relevant qualification possessed by the candidate shall be supported by acceptable certificates. Admission as a casual postgraduate student does not imply eligibility for admission to a study programme in any Board of Study. A casual postgraduate student is entitled to supervision and, where applicable, to attend seminars/lectures and shall use the library and other facilities of the University. A casual postgraduate student shall submit a brief quarterly report to the relevant Board of Study to inform the Board of Study of his/her progress.

Exchange Student

An exchange postgraduate student is a student (local/foreign) who is registered in a postgraduate degree programme at another university or higher educational institution and who has obtained written permission in advance from that university or institution to take one or more courses of this university and/or to engage in research for transfer of credits/courses towards his/her degree programme. An applicant who wishes to study under this category shall apply to the relevant Board of Study for approval.

Admission as an exchange postgraduate student does not imply eligibility for admission to a study programme in any Board of Study. An exchange postgraduate student is entitled to supervision and, where applicable, to attend seminars/lectures and shall use the library and other facilities of the University. An exchange postgraduate student shall submit a brief quarterly report to the relevant Board of Study to inform the Board of Study of his/her progress.

Foreign Student

A student who is not a citizen of Sri Lanka who has been admitted to follow a study programme at the PGIHS falls into this category and is required to pay special rates/additional fees prescribed by the University.